26. April 2012 17:20
No matter what channel you turn the TV on to, there are always programmes about ideal homes - each of which makes searching for them look so simple you wonder why the people haven’t found it themselves. It does make you wonder if there is a simple way to find these dream homes that we are all obviously missing!
There are some key pointers when it comes to searching for homes, which will hopefully make the whole process easier.
The first of these is to thoroughly research the area you are looking at, as well as the property; it means you can tailor your searches and you wouldn’t be wasting your time viewing properties that you’re not interested in. Have a drive around the area at different times and see what it is like if you don’t live there; what can look idyllic at day can be a nightmare at night.
When it comes to viewing the property take a friend with you – you may have an emotional investment when viewing homes but they don’t, so are likely to notice problem areas before you do. Take as much time as you need in the property and go back for a second viewing if you like it. Never be pressurised into putting in an offer on the first viewing.
When you are viewing the property take the location as well as the inside of the homes in to account. Is the house near a main road, or a pub or club? These can be noisy so if you are looking for peace and quiet, these homes are not for you. The same goes for railway lines, flight paths and restaurants. Check the outside of the house for wear and tear; if you are buying a home you want it to be well maintained or you could end up doing a load of repair work before you move in.
Another important aspect to check is if the house gets enough natural light. This is simple enough to do – just make sure to view any potential homes in the daytime. If the estate agent turns on the lights in each room they are showing you, this can mean you will have a large electricity bill.
One resource you can use to find a property is findaproperty.com. There are lots of different resources available here for someone looking to move into a new home.