How to Best Choose the House that’s Ideal for Your NeedsOn August 24, 2017 by johnny
Did you know that 1 in 3 individuals spend only half an hour choosing a home? This is a bit surprising for many of us, since choosing a home is such an important decision – a decision that may well impact our lives for years to come. But it’s true, nevertheless. And, what’s more, less than half of prospective homeowners visit a property for a second time. There is a very real risk in this as you may end up with a home full of problems, especially when it comes to major issues such as damp, subsidence, parking, and bad neighbours. Are you in the market for a new home? If so, here’s how best to choose the house that’s ideal for your needs.
Go online first
When looking for a home, do an online search first. Look through different property portals for properties for sale in specific neighbourhoods. The good news is that most portals have important information about the listed properties, not just when it comes to the size of the property or the number of rooms, but also the neighbourhood where the property is located. This can already give you a better idea of which properties you can narrow down later on.
Visiting the property
Once you have found some prospective properties, be it online or with the help of an estate agency such as Beresfords, which showcases some premier properties for sale in specific areas, such as houses for sale in Hornchurch, houses for sale in Colchester, and more, it’s time to schedule a visit.
The exterior of the property
Before you enter the property, check the surroundings. How does the property look from the outside? Does the surrounding area look well-kept, or are there bins scattered everywhere and overgrown hedges left and right? Check the roof of the house – it should be in good condition. Do the neighbours seem to take care of their properties as well?
The interior of the property
When you are inside, look for any potential problems or risks. Take a sniff of the air inside – does it smell too much like air freshener? If this is so, they may be trying to mask a more unpleasant odour, such as mould or damp. Look for stains on the walls or ceilings, and look for cracks, which may be proof of subsidence.
Other aspects to check
Don’t just do a visual inspection – do a hands-on inspection as well. Open cupboards and cabinets, check the taps, and flush the toilets. Turn on switches and ask about heating and how long the electrical system has been in place, and ask how much the running expenses are. The point is: don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s your right to know all you can about the property, after all.