Simple tips for buying
Buying the right house can be one of the most important decisions that you make – so it’s important to get it right.
Here are a few pointers in order to help you find your next dream home.
1. A clinical approach
On the first viewing, try and remain objective and view the property as a building that needs inspecting. Staying one step removed will help you to formulate a balanced view of the property.
2. View it, view it and view it again
What you see on the second viewing may have escaped your attention the first time around. It may be useful to view the property at a different time of the day to give you a different prospective
3. Don't leave any stone unturned or crack go unseen
Most properties will have cracking of some form but don’t be put off a professional opinion from a qualified surveyor will give you the peace of mind you require. Ruling out structural issues from the outset could save you time, money and pain later down the line.
4. Make sure it’s not a damp squib
Be wary of damp. Even if you can’t see it damp can be present, so keep your nose tuned in for musty smells.
5. Get familiar with the property – and the area
If your new to the area make sure you take your time to learn more about it. Our agents have lived and worked in the area for either all or most part of their lives so they will be able to answer any queries you may have.
6. Only fools rush in
Visit the property at rush hour. Is it any different? Is there a build up of traffic at key commuting times? If so, it may influence your decision. Either way, it’s best to know as much as you can before you commit.
A survey will give you the piece of mind you need and dispel any fears you may have. It always better to be informed then discover things at a later date. We can provide you with a list of local surveyors if you don’t have one of your own.
8. Think long-term
When finding the property of your dreams it’s easy to forget to think ahead. It’s often worth asking yourself would you be happy living in the property three, four and five years from now – and will this property suit your long-term (and even short-term) plans?
9. Find a good mortgage broker