If you decide it’s the right time to buy a property, it’s time to start looking for the ideal home in the ideal location. As well as visiting local estate agents or online property websites such as Rightmove and Zoopla, you should also take a drive around your ideal location, and check out the private advertisements in the local newspapers.
It’s important to research the local area and learn as much as you can about the property you’re thinking of buying. And don’t forget to ask the property owner all the questions you need answers to. For example:
How long has the seller lived there?
Why is the seller moving, where to, and is there a chain?
Has the property had many viewings/offers?
How long has it been on the market?
How long is the lease (if it has one)?
Are there any parking issues outside the property?
Who lives upstairs/downstairs/next door? What are they like?
What repairs have been done?
If there’s a real fireplace, is it safe to use?
How old is the boiler and when was it last inspected?
What’s included in the sale? White goods? Curtains? Wood burner?