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This blog tells my experience with buying a house in Dublin, Ireland, and renovating it. 

I wanted to share everything I learned along the way, my misadventures and any tips and tricks!


Create a spreadsheet of the property listings you are interested in

Creating a spreadsheet of all the property listings you are interested in, has several advantages:
- It allows you to keep track of all the properties you like and add personal notes
- You can filter the listings according to personal parameters (area, price, square meters etc.)
- Other people can have access to it and edit it with new listings and notes

What parameters should you use?

  • Status of the property ('On sale', 'Sale agreed', 'Exluded', 'Not available' etc)
  • Address
  • Area ('Clonsilla', 'Finglas', 'Rathmines' etc.)
  • Type of Area ('Red Zone', 'Light red Zone', ' Green Zone' etc. See this post on the nice vs bad zones in Dublin)
  • Sale Price
  • Square meters
  • Price per square meter (Sale Price / Square meters)
  • Nr. of Bedrooms
  • Nr. of Bathrooms
  • Original price (if indicated on the site)
  • BER rating (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, etc.)
  • Distance from work in minutes (0=>10, 10=>20, 20=>30 etc.)
  • Public transportation options (Bus, Train, Luas, Bus + Train, Bus + Luas, etc.)
  • Listing link
  • Type or property ('Terraced', 'Semi-detached', 'Apartment', 'End of Terrace', 'Duplex' etc)
  • Viewed (Yes / No)
  • Notes on the property
  • Estate Agency
  • Estate Agent address / phone

Spreadsheet example

A great (and free) tool for creating spreadsheets is Google Spreadsheets, with which the above spreadsheet was created. You can create dropdown menus, filter the results, color code the listings (es: red for particularly interesting properties or blue for those you have already viewed) and work on the same sheet with multiple other people, at the same time. 

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