buying your first home - what you should know

3 Tips For Investing In Property For The First Time

Buying a property in which you plan to live is complicated enough, and investing in a property that you plan to rent out can seem even more challenging. That said, it's far from impossible, and it can provide lucrative returns in both the short and long term. If you've never invested in property before, you probably have a lot of questions about what to look for, so start by reading the three tips below on what you need to keep in mind before putting down money.

Think About Growth Potential

Don't just go for the cheapest property and assume that renters will flock to it because of the low price. There are a host of factors that play into demand, and price is only one of them. When scoping out potential properties, focus your search on properties in areas or neighborhoods that are growing at a rapid pace. If you know that a new school or transport hub is opening up in a particular area, you can bet that the average monthly rent in nearby properties will rise as a result. So figure out what renters in your city want in a property, and make sure that yours ticks as many of those boxes as possible. 

Do It Yourself and Save

If you're investing in your first property, don't let the stressful nature of the process make you give in and pay others for work you would normally try to take on yourself. Many investors pay through the nose for contractors to install simple upgrades and do other miscellaneous work, and if you're an experienced investor with money to spare, this makes sense. But if you're just starting out, try to do as much work as you can yourself. With the number of resources available on the internet, there's no excuse for not rolling up your sleeves and sweating a bit.  

Have the Property Inspected

There's nothing worse than purchasing a property only to find out it wasn't the good deal you thought it was. Many first time investors will neglect to have the property inspected until after they've already signed their name on the contract; in other cases, they may have the property inspected, but not fully understand the report that comes back to them. Both of these mistakes can quickly prove costly -- you don't want to have to treat a new property for termites, for example, or learn that the property has already suffered significant flood damage.

For more information, contact a company like Liv Nantucket.