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Looking for that dream home

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:56:00 PM

Viewing new houses can be exciting but is also one of the most important steps you will take in life. No matter how big or small, new or old the house its going to be your new home.

When viewing properties, it is important you don't get carried away, and it can be helpful to take a family member or friend to get a 2nd opinion that is emotion free.

Where should you look for properties?

Online: Zoopla, RightMove and your local estate agent's website.
In the property pages of your local newspaper
Show homes for new property developments being built. You can sometimes get a better deal buying off plan.
Property auctions
By being vigilant and driving around the areas you like looking for sale boards.

Planning is Essential...

Before you start looking create a wish list of what you definitely want, and what you would ideally like. Once you have the list prioritise it and make notes of what each property you visit does and doesn't have off the list. The list might include:

  • Kitchen with room for dining area too
  • Upstairs and downstairs WCs
  • Large garden
  • 2 living paces
  • Close to local shops or a local pub
  • In a catchment area for a certain school
  • Off road parking or a garage

This way you can weigh up on paper the pro's and cons for each property.

The property:

Check out how the property looks from the outside including:

  • there a garage or off-road parking?
  • If you spend time in the garden a south-facing house is better for you.
  • there a garden and has it been well maintained?
  • Can you see any wall cracks, damp or mould on the exterior of the property?
  • Are the fascia boards and guttering all in good condition?
  • Are the neighbouring houses and gardens well kept?

And check out the property on the inside:

  • What heating system is in place and what is the energy rating for the property?
  • How much will the local Council Tax be?
  • Is there enough storage for what you need?
  • Can you see any cracks, mould or damp?

What to look out for in the area?

  • Is it peaceful, clean and quiet or is it a busy built up area?
  • How long will the commute to work take - even try it to see?
  • Is there public transport available should you need or use it?
  • Are the schools and nurseries close and are they good?
  • Is the on-road parking good or is it busy?
  • Check out the local crime figures for the area.

Once you have found the property of your dreams you are ready to make an offer.

It is a great idea to have a mortgage in principle to ensure there are no delays getting the mortgage that may affect the property sale. For that we can help here at The Mortgage Brain in Gloucestershire.

To contact us for mortgage advice, call 0333 340 8888 or email

We would welcome the opportunity to help you buy your dream home.

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