There are many things to consider when you are looking for a new house. After all, you will probably be investing much money in it, and you could, potentially, spend decades living there. The decision on what property to buy must be correct, or you could have a long time to regret it.
In order to form an idea of what will suit you, you must first think about your personality, likes and dislikes. Here are a few things you should think about in a new home.
Anyone will tell you that the location of the property is by far the most important factor of all. A beautiful house in a rough neighbourhood will not make you happy, however, a meagre house pleasant surroundings will still bring you joy. If you are on a limited budget, you may have to set your sights a little lower than you at first thought, to get the location right.
If you are an outgoing and sociable person, it may be that a town or city residence will suit you perfectly. If, on the other hand, you consider yourself to be a hermit, the isolation of a home in the country could be for you. If you are interested in self-sufficiency, you may also prefer a home that is out of town so that you can keep animals and grow your own food. These things will often guide you towards a particular property that may be advertised in an estate agents in Fryerns, Basildon, or wherever you are looking.
State Of Repair
If you are a handy person or better still, work in the building industry, you probably won’t be deterred by the condition of the property as long as its structure is sound. It is amazing the difference some cosmetic work can make to the house. At the opposite end of the scale, you may shudder at the thought of home repairs and so purchase a building that needs no renovation even if it costs you more.
Most people worry about the cost of energy and the damage it does to the environment. Check the EPC (energy performance certificate) of the property to see how efficient it is. The assessor will calculate the EPC using the amount of insulation in the home, the energy rating of the appliances, and other things. You can improve the performance by adding more insulation and installing modern double or triple glazed window frames, if needed, when you live there.
We all fall into one of two camps; those that hate gardening, and those that love it. The garden can be a source of much pleasure or a ball and chain around your neck, so consider it carefully.
Meet the neighbours and form your own opinion of them. Are they people you will like? Maybe you are a hippie and will delight in new-age neighbours. If you enjoy peace and quiet, hope that those next door are elderly. The seller is legally bound to tell you if there are any disputes with their neighbours, so be sure to ask.
Yes, many of the above points are common sense, but I hope they help you to come to a decision. At least you can see that others think the way you do, and carry out your search with confidence. That’s all for today, I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings, and your house hunting goes well.