Questions you should ask before purchasing a new home

Purchasing a property is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your lifetime, so it’s important to do your research to get it right. In a bustling property market like Melbourne, it can be easy to get swept up in the excitement – and pressure – of securing a home. Even if you think you’ve found your dream home, it’s important to develop a checklist and set of questions before signing on the dotted line.

If you’re purchasing a new build or something off the plan, the questions you should ask will be vastly different to someone purchasing an established home. If you’re not sure where to start, use the following questions as a guide.

  1. What is the neighbourhood like?

While you may love the aesthetic of a home and everything it has to offer, you need to research what the neighbourhood is like. Does it offer growth? Is it a friendly neighbourhood? Does it sit within close proximity of the essential services you rely upon on a daily basis?

Millhouse Residence is located in Footscray, which is one of the most popular destinations in Melbourne’s West. Boasting an authentic food & entertainment culture within close proximity to the CBD, residents love everything this vibrant suburb has to offer. Footscray is also planned to be a major activity centre, which will see the suburb become a major employment and services hub within Melbourne. Employment opportunities are expected to increase to 857,000 jobs by 2031.

  1. What public transport and local amenities are nearby?

The last thing you want to do is buy a home that has next to no access to public transport or local amenities. Even if you own a vehicle, living in a car-dependent location can be a barrier to convenience and your overall health and wellbeing.

When you purchase a property at Millhouse, you’re buying into a highly walkable suburb that has easy access to public transport and essential amenities. Within a 20-minute walk of Millhouse Residence, you’ll be able to access bus & tram stops, primary & high schools, groceries, bakeries, medical centres, pharmacies and even the hospital. To learn more about Footscray’s walkable lifestyle, click here.

  1. What furnishings and fittings will be included in my home?

While you may have looked at the renders of the project or even a display suite, you need to dig deeper on what furnishings and fittings will be included in your property as there are usually many different property types within each project.

At Millhouse, premium specs are combined with contemporary design cues and neutral colour palettes, meaning the only thing missing is your personal touch. Underfoot, hybrid flooring can be found throughout the living and dining areas with plush carpet to bedrooms. A premium dishwasher, cooktop, oven and rangehood are also included to ensure cooking at home is a breeze. These details are just a few of the many details that make Millhouse a place for premium living.

  1. What amenities will I have access to?

If you’re buying within an apartment or townhouse complex, one of the biggest drawcards is the range of amenity on offer. While it might not be a make or break in your purchasing decision, it’s important to note whether the amenities available align with your lifestyle. For example, if you’re not much of an exercise junky, a swimming pool or gymnasium might not be appealing to you as a buyer.

At Millhouse, you’ll have access to a range of communal amenity that suits every lifestyle and living arrangement. With a communal dining room, children’s play area, resident lounge, outdoor barbecue, rooftop garden and a co-working space, there’s plenty of spaces to work, play and grow.

  1. What experience does the developer have?

When purchasing within a new complex, it’s important to research what experience the developer has, and who they partner with for the architecture and construction of the project. Researching what else they’ve developed, or even asking to tour one of their previous projects is a great way to feel confident about the developer and their vision.

Millhouse is developed by R&F Property Australia, which is part of the esteemed R&F Properties – a highly respected global property development group that also has interests in China, USA, Malaysia, Cambodia and the United Kingdom.

Since R&F Properties’ inception in 1994, they have completed more than 420 projects in 140 locations worldwide.

Their property portfolio boasts luxury 5-star hotels for some of the world’s leading hotel brands including Ritz-Carlton, Grand Hyatt, and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, premium commercial and large-scale residential projects, and a range of tourism, entertainment, and healthcare facilities.

When you buy at Millhouse, you can rest assured knowing the project is backed by a reputable, large-scale developer.

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