Are you thinking about making a significant change in your life and those of your family? There are many reasons people move house; it is usually to improve their surroundings or for work. It is an exciting and anxious time for many, but if you find the perfect new home, it is also something to look on with eager anticipation. Finding a new home isn’t as easy as you might at first think. You have to consider the needs of everybody, not only yours.
I have a lot of experience in matching clients with properties, and I will impart some of my wisdom today, in the hope that it will simplify the process for you. If you look at the problem logically, you will find the ideal place to live.
How To Search
The internet is a brilliant tool for homebuyers. You can look at properties far and wide without leaving the comfort of your living room. It helps you to narrow your search and draw up a list of possibilities. Though the estate agents list their properties online, they might not all be available there. Maybe there is a new bungalow on the market that isn’t uploaded yet, so it is always worth a visit to the agency; you might find a little gem that is unknown to others.
The location is the primary factor when looking for your new house. If you want to move to the coast and enjoy the fresh air there, look online for a semi-detached cottage listing in Southsea or Gosport. On the other hand, you might prefer a country cottage where your children can enjoy all that nature has to offer. You must make this fundamental choice first before you can narrow the search. Many people stay in the same area and only wish to upgrade the property in which they live.
If you have children, you will need to know where the local schools are and if there are transport links to them. Though you have a car, you may need to rely on the bus sometimes. Look for these facilities.
- The doctor’s surgery.
- The local post office.
- The nearest shops.
When you view a home, try to look at what it can be and not necessarily what it is now. The decoration might not be to your taste, but you can change it. Your mortgage lender will insist on a professional survey, but you can spot some issues with the fabric of the building yourself. Look behind furniture to see if there is any damp on the walls. Check out the state of the roof too; are there any missing tiles? You might notice a dip in the shape of the roof that is a bad sign on a relatively new house. Check the energy performance certificate to see if the house has a good score. You can often improve it by installing cavity wall insulation and a new central heating boiler. These are projects you might be happy to undertake.
A clear set of requirements and an organised search is the key to finding the right property quickly. Plan well and make it a group effort. Take your children along on viewings; they will probably spot things that you miss. They might fall in love with a property and sway your decision too. Anything that makes your job easy is a good idea. I hope your search is fruitful and stress-free.