For most of us, buying a piece of property will be the most substantial, life-changing purchase we will ever make, and it’s a decision that no one should take lightly. Even the smallest errors can have disastrous consequences, and if you are buying property for the first time, it is even easier to make mistakes if you are not sure of what you are doing. But buying property need not feel like you are Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole. There are some tips you can take advantage of if you want to make a great purchase. Here, then, are the top tips to remember when you are planning to buy the property of your dreams.
Talk to an estate agent in the local area
Once you have thought of the ideal location for your property, you can do a search online to find properties for sale in the area. You also have the option to chat with an estate agent who is in the area in which you are interested. They will have essential local knowledge and can definitely point you in the right direction, such as the estate agents from Clifftons, who know all about local communities and which properties are a good buy (you can learn more about their services and find properties for sale at www.clifftons.com). Tell the estate agent what your budget is and what kind of property you want, and they should give you a better idea of the market situation and what types of buyers you are competing against; they should also be able to tell you how the entire process works.
Learn more about the neighbourhood before making your choice
If you have chanced upon what seems like the ideal home, you should still make it a point to check out the local community. No matter how beautiful the place looks, the location counts for a lot. What you can do is walk around the neighbourhood and visit pubs, parks, and restaurants. Take a look around and see if the cars are well-maintained and clean and check the walls for graffiti as well. Do this at different times of the day and not just during the daytime. You should also check the actual property and see if your potential neighbours are clean or dirty, if they make too much noise, and so on. You can also check specific websites for crime mapping, which shows local areas where crimes like burglary are prevalent.
Know what developments are planned for the area
You should also check what (if any) developments are planned for the area in the future. You can visit the planning portal of the government to see if there are any planning applications in the community. If you check this, you can be sure that the street where you are planning to live won’t be part of a construction site in the near future.
Know which questions to ask
When you view a property, make sure you are ready with questions. And don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you want; it’s the job of your estate agent to answer them, after all, as long as they are relevant to the property, of course. Don’t forget questions such as how many people have viewed the property, how many offers the property has had, how long the property has been up for sale, and if there have been any disputes with the neighbours. You should also ask to see the gas installation and electrical installation reports and ask if there have been any renovations done in the property in recent years.
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