Guide to finding the right home for you
There are lots of considerations when it comes to finding the right home. It can be an exhausting process and is one that we know all too well. We've put together a list of essential requirements to help you with one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make.
Work out what you can afford
Then talk to a mortgage adviser about the kinds of mortgages available to you.
Visit our online property section on a regular basis
To see if any new instructions have become available, sign up to property alerts – so that you get alerted every time a new property is available within your chosen search criteria.
The next stop is location
This is again a key factor in ensuring you make the right choice. Consider catchment areas for your children’s schools and the distance to and from work. Visit the area at different times of the day; maybe stay over in a local hotel/B&B to trial out the journey to and from work/school. With all this in mind, don’t be too strict about your specific area, widen out your search 5 or 10 miles either side.
Decide on the core requirements
If your plans include living with an older parent, then you could be looking for a property that has an annexe or an area where potential extension/renovation could be built once the property is purchased. If this is the case, look into planning permission in the area and what other properties on the same street have done.
When you find a property that you like the look of
Consider the surrounding area too (Street View and Google Maps are really useful tools to get an idea of the house and its surrounding properties). If you’re still happy, arrange a viewing with the estate agency.
Visit lots of properties
So that you have something to compare against, that way you’ll open your horizons to properties that might not have been on your radar, but could be the perfect home for you.