With property prices rising like never before, it’s only right that you want to find a simply perfect home. As buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you can make, it’s important to get it right.
Whether you’re already on the property ladder or looking to purchase your first home, read on for our top tips when it comes to finding your perfect abode.
How to find your perfect home
Think about the schools
Whether you already have children or it’s a long way off, it’s important to choose a house that stands the test of time. A key facet of this is ensuring there are plenty of schools close by. When looking for your perfect home, it’s therefore important to investigate the different catchment areas and Ofsted ratings of the local schools, to ensure your home is future-proof.
Consider the neighbours
Especially important if you’re looking at terraced or semi-detached houses, it’s important to consider the neighbours.
You may find your dream home but if your neighbours are difficult, you may want to reconsider!
To help you avoid unruly neighbours, you should:
- Look at their house and garden – If next door looks neatly kept, it’s normally a good sign! Although you don’t need your neighbours to be neat freaks, if their house is overrun with weeds and rubbish, you may want to reconsider.
- Ask the seller – Your seller should be able to give an insight into what the neighbours are really like. If they gloss over the subject, this may be a red flag.
- Pay a visit during the evening – To find out if your new neighbours are party animals after hours, why not visit the street during the evening? You’ll get a much more accurate picture than visiting during the day.
By doing the above, you can minimise your chances of landing yourself with disruptive and antisocial neighbours.
Check out the local area
As well as the street itself, it’s important to make sure that the local area offers everything you’re looking for. Where possible, try to find out where the local supermarkets, garages, pharmacies and shops are. Although this may seem like a lot of trouble to go to, finding new homes in an area with great access to local amenities will make your life much easier.
Think about job opportunities in the area
Although there are currently a record number of job vacancies in the UK, it’s still important to think about job prospects. Whether you already have a job or not, it’s important to know that the local area you’ll be moving to has opportunities for you to pursue if you need to. This may also be the case if you have teenage children, who may be looking for part-time work.
Although moving house and finding your dream home is never easy, it is doable if you do your homework! Whether you’ve done it all before or it’s your first time buying a property, by following the above tips, you can’t go far wrong.
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