How to find the right property

TWITTER TEMPLATE USE THIS!! (18)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 propertiesperson-woman-hotel-laptop

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!

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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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5 Ways the Election Will Impact your Next House Move

The 7th May 2015 – the day of the General Election and possibly the most important day of the year for the UK as we decide who will shape the nation for the next five years. One topic that’s drawing a lot of attention is the housing market.

“How could first-time buyers be affected?”

“Will the new policies actually be implemented and when?”

“What are the impacts if I plan on renting?”

Property for saleThese are all good questions that you, the voters might be asking and the next government (whether that’s a coalition or minority government, which both seem quite likely) will have to address. Here are 5 ways we believe the upcoming election could impact your next house move.

 

All information stated is what has been promised by each party thus far and may be subject to change in the future.

 1. The Price of a Home for a First-Time Buyer

Just getting on the property ladder is tough, so all the main parties are proposing action. Whether or not it is enough remains to be seen, but the attempt by the Conservatives to re-introduce right-to-buy is a bold move. Both The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are offering first-time buyers a Help to Buy ISA whilst the Lib Dems and Labour are proposing to build over a million houses to fulfill demand and keep prices down.

Whatever happens in the election, our verdict is that it will still remain tough for first-time buyers although things may get a little easier over time.

2. Keeping Rent Costs Down

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If purchasing a house is not for you, then renting has its benefits, but the upcoming election is unlikely to make a huge impact. Only Labour and the Greens are looking to put a cap on rent or increases. Proposals to build more houses may increase availability and keep prices down but one million new houses won’t get built overnight!

3. Renting: For How Long? 

A short term rental agreement can be a worry when you don’t know where you will live in 6 months time. Both Labour, Lib Dems and the Green party have proposals to address this with policies for longer term tenancy agreements.

4. Caring for your environment, in beautiful surroundings

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If you care for the environment and your surroundings, there are policies to please! The Labour Party and Lib Dems both have proposals for ‘Garden Cities’, whilst the Green Party and UKIP also have interesting policies around the protection of Green belt land. 

This doesn’t guarantee there will be more houses in beautiful surroundings but more ‘Garden cities’ and protection of Green belt land all helps to make Britain a beautiful place to live!

5. The Economy

Once the election is over, it could get complicated in terms of who will be in government. Initial uncertainty could have a short term impact on the economy while a minority government with little power will struggle to get its policies adopted unless they are appealing to other supporting parties. This could also be a good thing as policies need to appease a wider audience on not just the rich or the poor.

The next election could also impact interest rates on which mortgage rates are based. We aren’t going to make any predictions on how the economy could be impacted but suffice to say it could be interesting!

 

Below is a table with some of the key policies we uncovered during our research:

 

What They’re Promising…
Conservative
Labour
Lib Dem
Green
UKIP
To Build
200,000
1 million
1.5 million
500,000
For First-Time Buyers
Help to Buy ISA and
20% discount to first-time buyers under 40
Give priority to local first-time buyers in new housing areas
Help to Buy ISA
In the Rental Market
Long term tenancy agreements in the private sector and Cap on rent increases
Rent to Own policy and Ban landlords letting out poorly insulated homes
Cap rent and introduce longer tenancies
To Introduce
Capital investment in housing
and local authorities given “use it or lose it” powers

New Towns and Garden Cities.

Right to Grow given to communities.
New homes advertised in the UK before overseas.
At least 10 new Garden Cities and
30,000 Rent to Own homes a year by 2020
Bring empty homes back into use
Brownfield agency for grants and loans.
 
Protection of green belt land and
Referendums on major planning decisions.
 
New homes exempt from stamp duty on first sale and
Social housing prioritised for locals

 

Sections with a dash ( – ) are those which have not been announced
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