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10 tips for buying a new home – Part 2

On March 21, 2016

10 tips for buying a new home – Part 2

Continuing on from last month’s article here are the remaining top ten tips.

  1. Look at the prices:

Before you make an offer on a house, check the price of similar properties that have sold recently in the area using on line sites like Zoopla. These sites will also give you an idea of the ‘ceiling’ price for the area you are looking at.

  1. View the property several times:

Once you have decided on a property take as many opportunities as you can to revisit the property at different times of the day. This will enable you to check if there are any problems e.g. noisy neighbours or lack of sun in the garden in the afternoon.

Also take photos to help you remember what rooms are like, particularly in the early stages of looking for a property because if you have viewed several houses in one day they can all merge into one after a while.

  1. Ask the seller to take it off the market:

When you have found your ‘perfect house’ and you are ready to make an offer, make your offer on the condition that the house is taken off the market. This removes the possibility of you being gazumped by someone else making a higher offer.

  1. Keep it professional:

As soon as your offer has been accepted you will need to employ a conveyancing solicitor to deal with the paperwork and legal aspects of the transaction, arrange for a survey to take place and hire a removals company to ensure the safety of your belongings on the big day.

At this stage it can be tempting to cut cost and do things yourself, but a professional Conveyancer can in the long term save you time and money.

Also an independent survey of the property is vital for a detailed inspection of the condition of the house. A mortgage valuation only looks at the general condition of the house and the area it is in to check that the mortgage lenders investment is appropriate.

  1. Keep talking:

Keep in contact with the vendor so that progress with the sale moves  along at a steady pace, and ask about any aspect of the sale you are unsure of, particularly with regard to fixtures and fitting or other items agreed within the purchase price.

For friendly and down to earth advice on buying a house and the conveyancing process, get in touch with a member of the Peter Robinson & Co. team today.

Call us now on 0161 678 7996.


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