Whether you are considering a move to a new location, leaving home for the first time or upgrading by moving into a new home with a partner, purchasing a property can be a time-consuming, long-winded and stressful experience. However, once you’ve found the right property, the property that ticks all the boxes, the process can seem ridiculously fast.
But how do you know this house is ‘the one’? Here are some top tips to help make you decide whether the house you view is the absolute, perfect, no-questions-asked, right house for you.
Make a Second Viewing
If the first viewing knocked your socks off, sometimes you might feel as if you don’t need to make a second viewing. The house was perfect! Why make a second viewing? Because, there may be hidden defects or imperfections you might have missed the first time around. If you are certain about a house, it is always good to arrange a second viewing as you may have glorified the property, or you might have overlooked other things in the first viewing.
In some cases it is a good idea to book a second viewing with a different estate agent from the same company, as they may point out separate things. A second viewing will give you more time to decide, and give you more of a solid image of the property in your mind.
Take an ‘experienced’ friend/relative
Yes, it can be a bit of a pain but often an elderly relative is looking out for your best interests at heart and they will have more experience in spotting issues. Plus, you can’t have eyes everywhere at one time, so having an experienced friend or relative at a viewing will give you the chance for a second opinion. They might also be able to put questions that you might not have thought of to the estate agent, particularly if they are homeowners themselves.
Think in the long-term
How long, honestly, do you see yourself living here? This is a key aspect to remember when considering a property. Is it near to all your facilities, can you see yourself building a long-term life here, is there room for growth? All things that you need to consider. If you’re not sure you can see yourself living here for very long, perhaps it is better to give it a miss. Homes are often for the long-term, so you need to be able to visualise that when viewing a house.
Request the help of a surveyor
You might think yourself quite quick-witted or eagle-eyed, but these are trained professionals with years of experience in identifying minor faults which may have major costs in repairing. An expert surveyor will conduct a detailed analysis of the property, listing any defects they find, with some providing information on the cost of reparations. This is always recommended as it cuts back on you finding nasty surprises when you come to move in, in a few months’ time, and allows you to make crucial repairs before the problems get out of hand.
At the end of the day, if you have any major doubts or fears, it is probably better to go with your gut feeling. If the property seems too good to be true, it might just be. With the help of a professional surveyor you will be less likely to experience nasty surprises later on with hidden defects and issues, but still if you are unsure about the property, it might be a good idea to leave it. Simply put, it is your money and you don’t want to make a bad investment. However you also cannot wait until everything fits perfectly in line with everything else, because as many people have said before “If you wait until you’re ready for everything you will eventually end up doing nothing”. If it seems like a good idea, then go for it. Best of luck!
www.ssjsurveyors.co.uk – Silk Sharples Jenninings, a firm of independent Chartered Building Surveyors and Chartered Valuation Surveyors based in Shrewsbury, but operating throughout Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, the West Midlands and Wales.