So you’ve decided that the time has come to move somewhere new, all you need to do now is find a house that you love. Believe it or not, there’s a lot that goes into buying a house, it’s not as simple as finding somewhere and moving in. There’s a lot more to buying property than that. From finding the perfect house to working out how much you’re happy to pay for it, property investment is a complex process.
Know what you want
Before you do anything else, it’s crucial that when it comes to property, you know what you want. Far too many buyers start looking for property when they only have a vague idea, which makes their search much longer and more complex. Before you start viewing houses, think about what you want. Write a list of your needs – what it has to have, and your wants – what you would like it to have. For instance, you may need a three bedroomed house but would like to have four bedrooms.
Have a good support system in place
When it comes to house hunting, it’s important to have the right support in place. This means having a good estate agent who knows what you’re looking for and is able to deliver on it. It also means having a mortgage provider that’s reliable and easy to get in touch with. It’s also essential to have a good solicitor on hand to deal with all your conveyancing needs for when you find a house that you love. While you could deal with conveyance yourself, it’s much easier and less stressful to have a professional deal with it.
Keep an eye out for any problems
When you view properties, don’t just look for the good things, keep an eye out for any problems. Far too often, buyers miss problems with properties because they don’t take the time to check for them. Things like mould and damp are both common problems that can be a real issue, so taking the time to check for them is important. The last thing you want is to find your dream home, pack up and move in, and then find that it has a serious, and expensive-to-fix, damp problem. Visit all properties that you’re interested in at least twice, to make sure that you don’t miss anything.
Take the local area into account
Whatever you do, before putting in an offer, take the local area into account. The property might be in the right town, but that doesn’t mean the neighbourhood is what you’re looking for. Take the time to look around the explore the local area before making an offer. Don’t just visit at one time either, pop back at various times. Ideally, you want to visit the area at breakfast time, the middle of the day, the evening, and late at night.
If you want to ensure that you find the perfect place, take the above tips on board. House hunting isn’t easy, but if you’re smart about it, you can find the ideal property.