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Questions You Should Ask Before Buying Your First Home

Date Posted: 22 February 2022
 

Deciding to buy a property is one of the biggest financial decisions most of us will make in our lifetimes. As well as being a huge financial decision, it’s an emotional one as well, especially if it’s your first house! It’s incredibly exciting to be hunting for the property of your dreams, but you should also be making sure you’re making the right decisions for you and asking all the right questions.

 

Searching for your dream home can bring stresses and when you’re thinking about the big things involved in property-buying, it’s easy to overlook some of the important information you need. We’ve created this cheat-sheet for you which has many of the questions you should be asking yourself, and the estate agents

(that’s us!)

 

How long has the house been on the market?

 

It’s always good to ask how long a property has been listed with us, if it’s longer than three-four months, it might be that there’s issues with the property that will require time and money to fix – perfect if you’re looking for a fixer-upper, but not ideal if you want to move in quickly!

Whereas if a newly-marketed property has already gained a significant amount of attention, it’s likely to sell quickly, so make sure you get everything in order so you’re prepared to act fast!

 

What’s the area like?

 

We love all the areas we work in, but the day-to-day access to amenities is what you’ll be experiencing the most. So, make sure you research the area - look at your proximity to schools and transport if you need it, or have a walk around the neighbourhood to see what you think of the area. Remember that you can make all sorts of changes to the house, but you can’t change its location!

 

When do the current owners need to move by? Have they found somewhere new?

 

It’s useful to find out when the current owners are planning on moving out, especially if you’re part of a chain as this can create complications for buyers. Any delays or complications for the current homeowners will have a knock-on effect to you!

Having a chain-free property is any home-buyers dream, but if you do end up in a chain, it’s good to know the length of the chain and how advanced and committed each involved selling party is.

 

What’s included in the sale?

 

It might seem like a small detail when you’re looking at your potential garden space or admiring the luxury bathroom, but it’s helpful to know exactly what you’re getting for your money before committing to the house! Are the current owners going to leave the white goods, such as the fridge and washing machine, and are they going to leave some furniture? It’s worth finding these things out, so you understand exactly what is staying before you get the keys to your new home.

 

Any local plans that could affect the property?

 

Your conveyancing solicitor will conduct a planning search which will flag up any planned development projects that could disrupt your enjoyment of your new home. If you discovered that the rolling fields opposite your dream home are about to be turned into a multi-storey car park or a supermarket, you’ll be able to glad to find out!

 

Tip!

Check the easily missed places

 

It may not seem like your biggest priority at the time, but check the water pressure, the phone signal, the windows, and other smaller details. It would put a dampener on your first morning in your new home if you went to have shower and it felt like you were being dripped on, or you tried logging into work only to not get online successfully!

It feels like the hard work should be over once you’ve saved for your deposit and had ‘that feeling’ when you found your dream property, but it’s so worth asking these questions and reading the fine print before you go ahead with the purchase.

 

If you have any enquiries about buying your first home, get in touch with us below! We’re happy to help!

 

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