Be prepared to view as soon as possible – don’t waste time when it comes to buying your new home.
Position yourself to buy
qualify yourself for a mortgage as soon as possible. When purchasing a property, it is worth providing your estate agent with as much information as possible, from your property being chain free to your readiness to proceed with the purchase.
try and view the property more than once at different times of the day, especially at weekends, when everyone is at home and at rush hour, to check how local roads may be affected by congestion.
Beneath the surface
when buying a house, it is essential to make an impartial judgement based on every aspect of the property. Make sure you distinguish between major work and ‘cosmetic’ work. Don’t let your judgment be clouded.
property surveys may be expensive, but they can uncover any major defects which may help you renegotiate on price or even reconsider the purchase.
Location, location, location
research the local schools, shops, parking, transport and neighbours to get a good feel of what it will be like to live there. Your dream house may not be so idyllic upon further investigation.
Don’t rule out offering the full asking price
if you find your ideal home and it is priced correctly, consider offering the full asking price to avoid losing out. By bidding correctly and accurately for your desired property, you stand a much greater chance of securing the house without being outbid or rivalled.
Ask questions about the property
if this will be the property of your dreams, ask as many questions as you can about it. Previous building work or any major faults that have been identified.
the estate agent works for the vendor – the agent is working on behalf of the seller, so be willing and eager to view properties so that you’re top of the agent’s list to call. Stay in regular contact, so they are aware of your interest in their properties.