Whether you are buying your first home or thinking about moving to a new property, there will be many things on your mind when going to viewings. You probably even have a list in your mind of the qualities you are looking for, and what you might be able to compromise on and accept. However, along with the usual things such as what the kitchen is like and how big is the garden, there are many other areas which you need to be considering.
They say that the location of your home is one of the most important things to consider when viewing. However, there are many people who will choose a property on other qualities such as the number of bedrooms or the garden. Although these things might seem important, they can be changed or adapted, but the location of your new house cannot. You should be thinking about how close this house is to your work or schools for your children. What about the neighbors, are they nice? You should also look into the local area to see if there are any problems with crime or noise complaints, for example.
Does the Home Suit You?
The properties appearance or ‘curb appeal’ can be an important factor when looking around at houses. Does the house look right for you? If you are an adventurous yet laid-back family, then an old Victorian house might not suit you well. If you don’t like those types of properties, then you might quickly become unhappy and want to move again. You should also think about the neighborhood as well. If you are moving into an upper-class area, do you think you will like it? It might be that you like a closer, community feel to your neighborhood than what you are looking at now.
Many people love the idea of having a big garden, but they forget that they are always working and cannot keep the garden under control. If you want to have space, then you might also need to consider how you intend to keep it looking nice. Can you afford to hire a gardener? Are you going to simply have grass and forget flowers? Think about the reality of what a garden entails and see if you have the time or the money to keep it looking nice.
Some people when they are looking at their next home, don’t mind something they can work on to get right. They are happy to have a project that they can adapt to their liking and create the perfect home for them. However, other people want somewhere they can move into that is already finished and needs no additional work. That is where the importance of having a surveyor comes in; they need to look at the property and see if there are any issues that need to be addressed. Even if you have seen the property and think its fine, there could be underlying problems that could cost a lot to repair. Even if you are looking for somewhere to renovate, you should still get a surveyor’s report, so you know what needs to be done before you buy.
With the cost of energy rising all the time, you want to find a property that has all the best energy efficiency features you can find. That includes ensuring that it has fully insulated in walls, attic, and windows. Although most modern homes have these done as a standard, older properties can sometimes need additional insulation, or have the existing insulation replaced. You might also want to look to see if there is the opportunity for future energy saving measures such as solar panels. You will need to research how do solar panels work to find out which roof configurations are best for the maximum gain.
The Size of the Property
If you are looking to move because you want to downsize, then it is best to concentrate on those properties with only one or two bedrooms. If you go looking for homes that are bigger, you might fall in love with a house that is too big for your needs. Not only will it be a lot more to heat and keep cool, but it will also cost more to maintain. The same applies if you are buying your first home and thinking about starting a family. Although you might have seen a lovely small cottage that looks perfect, will it be suitable as your family grows? Can it be extended if you need it, and do you need permission to do so?
Plans for the Local Area
Sometimes you come across a property that has a great asking price and is in a lovely area, and you might wonder why is this so good? The answer might be that there are planned works in the local area that you need to know. They could be planning a major road nearby or perhaps building a business park across the road. Both of these things might not only create noise and pollution, but they might also depreciate the price of your property. You need to check with the local community and ask around to see if there are any planned works or buildings that could affect you.
The Time of Your Viewing
It is important that you choose a good time to view your properties. You want to go when there is sun preferably so that you can see the house properly and you can see how the sun hits the house. For example, if the back garden never sees the sun, it might not be the best place if you love being outside. It can also help to drive around in the evening to see what the area is like after dark. Even the nicest areas can change a lot once the sun sets.
If you can think about these tips when you are viewing potential properties, you will save yourself a lot of time and money in the future.