What to Look For When Viewing Houses for Sale
House Viewings and What to Look For
For some of us, a dream home is easy to find—with such a clear image in your mind of what you’re looking for you could easily draw it if you had to. For the rest of us, knowing where to begin and what to look for can be tricky. No matter what, it’s important you know what to look for before you begin your property search. That’s why we’ve brought together some great recommendations on what to look for when viewing houses for sale.
The first and most important thing to remember when it comes to your budget is that it’s not as simple as just having a price range in mind. When working out how much you can spend, there are going to be a number of factors at play that are not always obvious. For example, considering the cost of a mortgage includes knowing how much you can borrow and also how much you can afford to repay each month. Additionally, all buyers will have a number of fees to consider as a part of their budget, in addition to the house price. This includes:
- Solicitor’s fees
- Moving costs
- Estate agency fees
- Survey fees
Location, Location, Location
It’s an often-repeated mantra—’location, location, location’—but it remains an essential piece of advice for any prospective property buyer. Your desired location will affect your budget and the property options available to you. You need to know how to narrow down locations based on the criteria that are most important to you and part of this means considering the key elements that make up your ideal location.
Firstly, consider the lifestyle you want to lead, if you’re looking for vibrant cultural experiences and nightlife, then make a list of cities you’d love to party in. If you have a family, then schools will be a top priority. No matter what your needs, researching different areas first will help you narrow down your property search. You also need to consider how you’re going to commute to work, and how far you’re willing to travel to visit family and friends.
Depending on your lifestyle, you should have a checklist of what you’re looking for when it comes to the three main rooms: the bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen. If you’re a keen cook, then you’ll be looking for a practical kitchen that has plenty of space and matches the food you enjoy making. If you have a family, then an open plan kitchen and dining room is a great way to spend family time and give you peace of mind. Likewise, for bedrooms, you’ll need bedrooms with sizes to not only meet the needs of your children now and in the future. For the bathroom, you need to consider whether you prefer a morning shower or a relaxing bath and whether having multiple bathrooms would make life more convenient (and cut down on the arguments).