20 Questions To Ask When Looking At A New Home

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There’s a lot of information to take in and consider when viewing a new home and asking the right questions is important. Below are 20 important questions to ask when looking at a new home that you can ask the seller to make sure you get the right house for you:

General questions

1. How long has the property been on the market?

A good opening question and good to know. It also helps to understand any issues they have had with selling the house or, if the house looks perfect and is just on the market, then you know you don’t have much time to make an offer!

2. What are the local facilities like?0134-HAMMERSMITH-CHISWICK-PLACEBUZZ

A great way to find out what is in the area.

3. What exactly is included in the price?

Some sellers like to leave particular fixtures and fittings while others take as much as they can into their new home.

4. How old is the property?

5. What are the neighbours like?

6. What land and perimeters are included exactly?

It’s important to understand who owns the fencing or hedgerows on your boundary. If you have a shared driveway then how is that managed in terms of costs for repairs or dividing up of the parking spaces?

7. Why are you selling the house?

8. What is the internet and phone signal like in the area?office-625892_1280

In the modern era, having good internet and phone connection is becoming increasingly important. It might seem like a minor thing but it could lead to years of frustration. Especially if you have kids or want to run a business from home.

Potential issues

Although some questions such as “Why are you selling the house?” may indicate potential issues, the following questions are more direct and help to identify any extra costs when buying the house:

9. Has any major work been carried out?

10. What guarantees are included?

If the house has a flat roof for example then knowing how long the guarantee is on it and knowing it is still covered under a new owner is important.moor-261171_1280

11. Is the building listed or in a conservation area?

12. Has there been any electrical issues recently?

13. What decorating have you done recently?

It’s possible that a room has been decorated to cover up an issue. It’s good to ask and understand what issue might lurk beyond the fresh paintwork!

14. Ask your nose: Do you smell damp?

This isn’t really a question to ask the seller but it’s important to be wary of any strange smells. A musty smell may be caused by damp. It may not stop you from buying the house but it could help to reduce the price of the house.

Bills and winter

Having a house that is cold in the winter or requires extra costs to fix a boiler can be a potential nightmare. Here are some questions to make sure your winter is warmer and your bills are reasonable:radiator-250558_1280

15. Has there been any problems with the boiler recently?

16. How is the water heated?

17. Are the loft or walls insulated?

18. How much is the council tax – and other bills

This also helps to budget after you have moved house when you will also have the mortgage costs to consider.

The next steps

Sometimes finding the right property at the right time can be a challenge. These final questions will help you when deciding on the next steps:9761-WIMBLEDON-PLSCEBUZZ-WEB

19. Can I view the property again soon?

If you like the property then it should be viewed again. You may even want to bring along a friend or extra family member to get a second opinion when you return.

And finally…

20. When do you need to move out?

Now you have the right questions to ask when looking at a new home! These questions will help you decide if it’s the right property for you.

You may also want to see our previous blogs: 10 Things To Look Out For When Buying A New Home and Choosing The Perfect Property Location For A Better Lifestyle.

Don’t forget to use the PlaceBuzz property search to find the perfect house to view.

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Is Summer A Good Time To Buy A House?

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With the warmer weather and longer nights it can be much nicer viewing potential new homes during the summer months, but is summer a good time to buy a house?

Here are 3 reasons why we believe buying in the summer could be the right decision:

Better Bargaining

For sellers the sales of houses in the summer months tend to be slower. There are less people searching for houses as people go away on holiday and this means reduced competition for you when bidding for your ideal home. You could save thousands of pounds! Especially if sellers are wanting a quick sale.

Better Viewing

If viewing a new property during the day time is tricky due to work commitments then Garden view with pondviewings during the evenings in winter can have their drawbacks. Lighter evenings during the summer allow you to get a better look at the house and fully take in the views of the garden and the surrounding area. It can also be easier to spot any potential defects that may lurk in darker areas of the house.

Better Moving

boxes piled upFrom frosty fingers to slippy surfaces, moving during the cold rainy months can have it’s dangers. A summer move, however, is not only safer but generally a much nicer time of year to be moving. Kids can still play outside rather than be climbing over boxes as you package up items and there is less risk of electronic items being exposed to rain during transit. There is also less chance of muddy feet as items are moved from one house to another and of course, a warmer house when the front door is left open while moving items in or out of a house.

And once the move is done, you may still have time to air out your new home and add a lick of paint before the colder days start to arrive!

A Balanced View

Buying a house in the summer does have some limitations. When viewing a house it can be harder to gauge how well insulated the house is for colder weather and it’s possible there are slightly fewer houses on the market in your area. You may also be in more of a holiday mood than thinking about moving home. But these limitations shouldn’t hold you back. The possibility of saving thousands of pounds on your next property could be a strong enough reason – and enough to make your summer holiday next year that little bit special!

Search online at PlaceBuzz to find your perfect home this summer.

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10 Things to Look Out for When Buying a New Home

A place in the country?A house shouldn’t just be a roof and four walls. It should be more than that, and there’s plenty to consider when finding your perfect home.

Here are 10 important things to consider when buying your next home:

1. Garden

Do you want a south facing garden for those late afternoons in the summer? It will also help with growing fruit, veg or flowers. You may actually not want a garden at all. If you have children or pets, having an outdoor option may be necessary, but sometimes living in the city or having a bigger house for the size of your budget might be more important.

2. Garage

A garage is useful for storing all manner of things (including cars!). If there is suitable parking available on the road or a driveway and plenty of house storage (shed, attic etc) then a garage may not important – although there is often no better place to store tools, bikes and anything else you don’t want lying around the garden or living room!

3. Location

Location is of the utmost importance when buying a new home. How close your property is to shops and services, to relatives, to work – the list goes on. There’s the town versus country debate and how suitable somewhere will be for your children to consider as well, which we have covered in our previous blog Choosing the Perfect Property Location for a Better Lifestyle.

4. Size

It’s not about having the biggest house possible for the cheapest price. You should be asking yourself what size is necessary, what fits around your needs. Is it worth it having an extra bedroom? How many floors do you really need to fit all your stuff in? If you’re planning on needing another room in the future, but don’t need it just yet, it could be worth looking for a larger house, but if all you want is the bare minimum then this needs to be taken into account.

5. Queuing for the Bathroom

When nature calls or you are running late for work and need to use the bathroom there is nothing worse than having to wait. An en suite bathroom or a downstairs toilet can really make life that bit more convenient!

6. Is it Winter-Ready?

Having a broken boiler or no double glazing can make a home much colder in the winter! With English winters lasting much longer than three months, making sure a home is fully prepared for this period is vital. Of course things like triple glazing, fireplaces and insulation can all be installed, but buying a house with these features already in place is much more hassle-free.

7. Kid-Proof

For those of us with children, the entire property needs to be safe for them (and from them!). This includes the garden, which can be full of perils, such as ponds, thornbushes and wayward conkers. The height of a staircase and if it can have a child-proof gate installed, how easy it is to escape outdoors via doors and gates, and all such manner of things must be thought of to ensure your children’s safety.

8. How Much Work is Needed

Sometimes, a newly bought home doesn’t come with all the furnishings you desire and sometimes it comes with a few issues, such as mould or broken gutters. A house you wish to purchase may be in need of much more than simply a good going-over, which could be time and cost consuming. Although it’s unlikely that a property on the market needs extensive work to make it livable, it’s vitally important that you check everything is in order and there aren’t any hidden discrepancies which need work, otherwise you might not be getting what you thought you paid for.

9. Is it fit to be renovated?

While the previous point covered how much work could be needed, whether a property is actually fit to be renovated is an entirely different kettle of fish. If you’ve always dreamt of having a conservatory, for instance,  then you’ll have to make sure the house structure will allow this. Some buildings are not strong enough to withstand renovations whilst others simply can’t be renovated because of features already in place, such as pipes. If you want to make an extension or alteration to the property you wish to buy, making sure it can stand up to this is imperative.

10. Energy

An important aspect of any home is energy, and we all have a preference. You should check whether the house you intend to purchase is reliant upon gas or electricity for its central heating. Gas is of course the cheaper option and provides the same level of heat consistently throughout the day. However, if your purchase is electricity-based and you intend to install gas central heating after you buy your new home, the short term costs are quite high.

 So there you have it, 10 things you should consider and look out for if you’re planning on purchasing a new property. Some elements may be important to you than others. Whatever your criteria, it’s important to remember you’re not simply buying a house, you’re getting a home. If you’re looking to purchase a home, we have a wide range of properties available to browse on our website via our property search engine. Happy hunting!

 

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