Considering how quickly house prices are rising and how hard it is for most to get onto the property ladder, you are doing well if you are about to buy a new home. It’s a big milestone in your life if this is your first time and you’ll want to make sure you do it right. That’s why I will share with you a few things you ought to do before buying a new home.
- Inspect the house and don’t ignore any potential problems that could turn out very costly to fix. Book a CCTV drainage survey to check that the drainage and water system in the house you’re looking to buy is in good working condition. CCTV Drainage Surveys are inspections carried out using remote technology that identify any possible problems and their solutions in your pipes and drains. I recommend contacting Wilkinson Environmental to book the survey.
- Check that the purchase price for the home you are looking to buy is reasonable, taking into account both the house and the location. Look at comparable sales and ask for your agent’s opinion before making an offer.
- Explore and research the area and neighbourhood of the new house. Find out what development plans there are, if any, or if the house values are declining or increasing. That way you’ll know if it will be a worthwhile investment or not.
- Have your own agent to get professional advice and help with dealing with the agents selling the house you’re interested in. They have regulations that will keep you more secure than you house shopping by yourself.
- Look at as many houses as possible before making an offer for one, however, don’t take too long to make a decision as you could miss out. As the Spanish say, ‘Sin pausa, pero sin prisa’, which translated is, ‘Without pausing, but without rushing.’