Tips on Buying the Right Property - dummies

Tips on Buying the Right Property

Part of Buying a Home on a Budget For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Here are some top tips on the right questions to ask and what to look for when buying a property. Although everyone’s requirements are different when it comes to buying property, keep these few general rules in mind:

  • Be clear in your mind about what you want before arranging to view any properties.

  • Research the area carefully, particularly if you aren’t familiar with it.

  • Don’t let the agent or seller rush you into a decision: Take your time and trust your instincts.

  • Ask yourself whether you can see yourself living in that property. If you aren’t sure, keep looking.

  • Ask the sellers about the neighbours and whether they have had any problems. If the sellers have made a complaint about their neighbours to the police or council, they are legally obliged to tell you if you ask.

  • Time the commute to work and the school run at the time of day you are likely to make these journeys.

  • Visit the property after dark. If troublemakers are hanging around on street corners, you may not feel safe walking home late at night.

  • Commission a survey. If you don’t, you may miss serious structural problems that are expensive to rectify once you have bought the property.