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Property Hunting Tips For Finding Your Dream Home

Property Hunting Tips For Finding Your Dream Home

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Hunting for property – especially one to buy – is no small decision. Whether you are living there temporarily or for the foreseeable future, you need a property that makes you feel comfortable. Whilst shopping around, consider these tips.

Stick to your budget

Before looking at property you should come up with a fixed budget of how much you are willing to spend. When it comes to working out a mortgage, it may help to look online for a mortgage calculator with taxes and PMI included. Remember to also budget for spendings such as removals, agency fees, plus the cost of any surveyors or lawyers that you may hire during the process. You can give your budget some leeway but make sure you stick within this during negotiations to avoid buying a property you can’t afford.

Get to know the neighbourhood

The location is just as important as the property. Get to know the neighbourhood by walking around and checking out the services on offer. If you have a car, check out the parking situation. For long-distance moves you may have to also look into local workplaces, local schools and places of worship if you are religious. Talk to local people to get an idea of the community. Even if getting involved with the locals isn’t a priority, they may be able to tell you a bit about the area and what it’s like to live in. You should try to find out the average price of property in the area to ensure you’re not getting ripped off – if you don’t fancy knocking on people’s doors you can find this out online. Other factors such as the crime rate may be worth researching into.

Arrange multiple visits

If you get a good feeling about a property, try to arrange a repeat visit at a different time on a different day just to see what the atmosphere is like. It’s standard procedure for estate agents to choose particular times for viewings in order to avoid a noisy neighbour that might be in, or a time when the lighting might be poorer and a flaw on the outside of the building might be less visible. If you’ve visited in the middle of the day on a weekday, try visiting during the evening on a Friday or Saturday. Even if you don’t book a viewing, simply walking down the street may give you an idea of the ambience.

Quiz with questions

When buying a property, you want to be as informed as possible, so don’t hold back on the questions. Ask agents anything that comes into your mind. Find out about the previous owner if you can, how long they lived there, if they had any work done to the house and why they chose to move. If the property has had more than five owners in the last decade, you know that something is up. This is again something you can ask neighbours about if an agent proves unresourceful.  

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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