Finding the right house can be often be tough.
You might find a great house but in the wrong area or a house that matches everything you are looking for apart from one or two things that put you off viewing the property. Does this sound familiar?
Even after finding what looks like the right house on paper, it may not be so ideal in reality once you have viewed the property in person.
Using an online property search such as PlaceBuzz.com effectively can allow you to plan your property viewings better and reduce wasted time visiting wrong properties. Here are some tips on how to find the right property:
Make a list of possible locations where you would like to live
Before starting to search, define where you would like to live and make a list of towns or villages that would be nice to move to. When searching online you may need to be specific (more on this later) but at the same time try to be flexible with your locations. Some properties may straddle between two towns or areas while even a town itself can have suitable and unsuitable areas for your needs (for example if a school or main road is the wrong end of town for you).
If you need help finding the right locations, it’s worth checking out our previous blogs Choosing The Perfect Property Location and 10 Things To Look Out For When Buying A New Home.
Use a property search tool that has plenty of properties
A search tool that has very few properties can limit your options and you may miss out on the ideal house.
Use a tool such as PlaceBuzz with its extensive database of properties across the UK and search filters to search for your ideal property.
Try different location searches to find what you want
Sometimes a property for sale or rent may not be tagged with the same location data that you are using to search. You may search for Southampton, London or Newcastle for example but many towns and cities have regional areas or nearby areas such as Hedge End (for Southampton) or Hammersmith or Richmond (for London). Using a post code search may also provide you with different results to searching by town or city.
Note: If you are looking for properties in London, you can also try our Commute Search to find new areas to live based on your preferred commute time and budget.
Use the right filters, but stay flexible
Too many properties in a search result may be confusing and runs the risk of you glancing over a potentially good property by accident. Make sure to use filters based on your budget, house size and type of house to find what you want but remain flexible in your searches as well. If you are looking to buy a house with 3 bedrooms then it maybe that there are some affordable smaller 4 bedroom houses available, or a 2 bedroom that can be extended.
Note: If you are doing a repeat search, don’t forget to filter by the newest properties to be posted online. That way you can instantly see the latest updates!
Read the details carefully and get a second opinion
If you find a property that may be ideal, make sure to read the description fully to make sure if there are any points you really like or dislike. Visiting a property that wasn’t right from the description is a waste of time for you and all parties involved. Also ask a friend or family what they think of the property online.
Save your search results and subscribe to get new property notifications
Whether you have shortlisted some properties to view or not found anything at all, it’s worth subscribing to get updates on new properties. PlaceBuzz offers this feature so that you can get property updates sent directly to your inbox, and you can be the first to check out the right property when it comes online!
Don’t delay with arranging a viewing!
Once you have found the properties you would like to view, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the right person to organise a visit. Finding the right property for you might sometimes be a challenge and you don’t want all that good work going to waste because a property is sold or rented to someone else!
Now you know how to find the right property, head over to the PlaceBuzz property search. Happy searching!