Chiltern Relocation recommends doing your homework before you start viewing. Here are our top six things to think about before making the move:
1. Research your area
How well do you know your chosen area? Are there any plans for development you need to be aware of – for example the Wilton Park development in Beaconsfield Old Town? Or are there any transport issues on the horizon – the much-debated HS2? Consult local councils and ask locals for the low down
2. If you are moving for good schools do your homework
Consult OFSTED reports and the Good Schools Guide. School ratings and results are constantly changing so keep an eye out for latest reports and which schools are on the up and which ones have targets to meet. Check catchment areas for primary and secondary schools
3 Style of home
This is very important – do you have your heart set on a traditional Victorian home or does a new build tempt you? A new build will come with a NHBC guarantee giving you great peace of mind and you can often have a say in the fixtures and fittings making it a bespoke home. New homes are now fitted with the latest technology whether it is CAT5 cabling and flat screen TV points or green eco saving features. But if you yearn for character and individuality then a new home is not for you
4. Get your finances in order
What size deposit can you afford? What are the best mortgage rates available at the moment? Would renting out your home and getting a buy-to-let mortgage be worth considering? The first question asked by all estate agents is the strength of your financial position. Be clear as to how you are going to finance your new home
5. Write a ‘must have’ list
Always wanted a bigger garden? Need a bigger utility room? Got your heart set on a kitchen-diner? Make a list of the things you definitely must have in your new home and those you would like to have. There is always compromise to be had when buying a home but make sure you are clear as to what is on your must-have list before getting carried away with any extra’s!
6. Research current price
Get an idea of how much houses are selling for in your chosen area by looking on property websites sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Speak to local estate agents to gauge the feel of the market so you are ready to start viewing – having done all your homework!
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