Buying a new home can be an exciting venture but also a daunting one. There are many things to think about and there are always complications along the way. Finding the right property is believed to be the easy part, it’s the process of conveyancing that gives you the headaches. But you may think you’ve found your dream home and it’s ticked all the items on your wish list, but it’s not until you move in that you find out you have issues that you hadn’t really thought about but had taken as a given.
Always take a drive around the local area, do a google search on the postcode and work out what amenities are available, what’s in walking distance and what’s further afield. Shopping transport links, activities for the children, post offices, doctor’s surgeries. Reviews for local restaurants and pubs.
If you are seriously thinking of putting in an offer it’s always wise to attempt to speak to the neighbours. You can pick up a lot of information regarding the property you are interested in and the neighbours themselves. Are there any neighbour disputes? Any anti-social behaviour? Parking issues?
Mobile signal and broadband strength
The last thing you want is to view a property and not use the opportunity to pull out your phone to see what the strength of signal is. It’s a rookie mistake. If you are buying on a fairly new estate you should be able to pick up super-fast broadband, but this can be an expensive asset as there are not many suppliers if it goes wrong.
There are many websites that can be found that can give you up to date information regarding your local area and crime statistics Police UK is just one of them. This is one aspect of research that you should be extremely diligent about.
This is advice that as an estate agent I think is one of the most important. Visit the area of the property on various days at various times. Your dream property may be beautiful and on the most idyllic avenue with ample off-road parking for you and your loved ones, but is it a rat run for commuters avoiding the main central roads in rush hour? Do parents use it to park at school drop off and pick up times? Is there a sports stadium, concert hall or large racetrack nearby and on certain days your idyllic avenue becomes an overflow car park? Is there a lot of noise on match days or from the concert hall? These are all occasions that can be investigated right at the beginning when you do your research.
Moving home is not an inexpensive task. There’s the obvious conveyancing and moving company fees. But then there’s stamp duty (where applicable), reservation deposit, non-standard searches, surveys, insurance, new school uniforms (where applicable), telcom and broadband installation. This can all add up and that is why is best to do your research before you even start to look at properties.
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