Tips to Buying the Right Property - dummies

Tips to Buying the Right Property

Part of Buying and Selling a Home For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Although everyone’s requirements are very different when it comes to buying property, here are a few general rules to bear in mind when searching for your property:

  • 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 instinct.

  • Ask yourself whether you can envision yourself living in the property. You should get a feel for this as soon as you walk through the door. If you aren’t sure, keep looking.

  • Ask the sellers about the neighbours and whether they have had any problems with them. If they’ve made a complaint about the neighbours, they’re legally obliged to tell you if you ask.

  • Time the commute to work and the school run at the time of day you’re 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 after you’ve bought the property.