What to Look for When Buying a House or a Flat
There’s so much to consider when buying a house or a flat. What are the local schools like? Is this the right area for me and my family and is there a pub within walking distance?
It’s easy to spend too much time thinking about these things and forget to think about the property itself and whether it has any potential problems.
Any property search begins with you; the home buyer. The responsibility for spotting potential problems rests with you.
Understanding what to look for can be difficult, and it’s easy not to pick up on every minute detail of a house. It’s important to know what your priorities should be and what you should be considering.
Our specialist Conveyancing Solicitors can help you. We’ll oversee the purchase and provide expert advice throughout.
What to Look for when Viewing a Property
Viewing a property for the first time can be an exciting experience. But it’s often over quite quickly. You can spend too much time thinking about what might be important, and forget to look out for things that the property agent might forget to mention.
Try and be as impartial as you can. The house might seem perfect and you could really see yourself living there, but remember to be realistic too.
Here are some of the things to look out for when viewing a property:
- Does it have everything you need?
- Are the rooms big enough to give you the space you’ll need?
- What condition is the property in? Are the floors and roof uneven?
- What kind of guarantees are there on the boiler system?
- When was the wiring last checked for safety?
- Will I need to replace any windows, and at what cost?
These are important considerations to help you think about what sort of offer you want to put based on how much work you’ll have to do to the property.
You’ll want to think about the surrounding area too. The house itself might look nice, and the garden might be huge, but there could be a high crime rate.
It’s vital that you remember to do your research about things like:
- What the local schools are like
- Are there any future developments being planned by the Local Authority?
- How much green space is there?
- Are there neighbourhood watch schemes?
- Are there any restrictive covenants on the property?
- What insurance issues might exist, such as flooding
- Are there any ongoing disputes with neighbours?
Remember, it’s down to you to enquire about the property as much as you can before you make an offer on the property and instruct a Conveyancing Solicitor.
They’ll make sure to make all necessary enquiries and searches, but these are the things you can do yourself.
What Can a Conveyancing Solicitor Ask about the Property?
Our experienced Conveyancing Solicitors will act on your behalf and ask questions about the property. These will include information about its age, condition, the surrounding area, disputes with neighbours and any Restrictive Covenants.
We’ll make sure that any enquiries we make for you cover every area of potential concern so you’re completely confident in the house or flat you’re about to buy. We’ll work hard to leave no stone unturned.
Our Conveyancing Solicitors have been handling property purchases for many years, and we’ve got lots of experience in Conveyancing Law.
We’ll make sure all enquiries are answered before you exchange contracts on the property.
By using an experienced Conveyancing Solicitor, you’ll give yourself peace of mind that all the right questions have been asked about the house or flat you want to buy, leaving your mortgage lender satisfied.
Get a Survey
If you’re at the point where you’ve made all enquiries and looked at a house several times and you’ve made an offer. What’s next?
You should get a survey done. A survey can identify any hidden issues, and by spotting them now, you could save yourself a lot of money further down the line.
Any recent improvements to the property can be assessed under a survey to ensure the home is up to Building Regulation standards and is fit for use.
Surveys can cost anywhere between £300 to £1,500 but you could save lots of money in the long run. For more information on which survey is right for you see Why Get a Survey Before Buying a House?
If you’re planning to buy a property in the near future, then let our experienced Conveyancing Solicitors help you. We understand your position and can give you the best options for moving forward.
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