Buying a house is a big decision to make as it is such a huge purchase – as well as the cost of the property itself, there are other things to remember too – getting a mortgage that is right for you, finding someone like this Building survey Birmingham based company to do the survey, and of course, finding the right house for you.
When it comes to that last point – finding the right house – there are a few things to consider which could help you make your decision.
Once you have decided where you want to live it is time to look at houses in the area. Viewing a property is an important part of the house buying process and you are able to go and look at a property more than once so don’t worry if you forget about something. Before you go to look around properties, it helps to be aware of what it is that you are looking for to help you make the right decision.
One of the things that people look for from a home is the amount of storage space. We all need some space in our homes to keep things – Christmas decorations, spare towels, and bedsheets, as well as cleaning tools like mops and buckets and a hoover for example. It is a good idea to think about where all these sorts of things can be stored when looking around a house, as some houses have a lot more storage space than others.
Something else to be aware of is some of the ‘tricks’ that people use to sell a house. Lighting smells and mirrors are all the sorts of things to look out for which can be used to sell a house and can distract you from imperfections or problems such as a dark room, a small space or damp – be aware of these things and don’t be afraid to have a good look around and even take a tape measure so that you can get a measurement of a room, and not be fooled by clever lighting tricks which can make a room appear bigger than it actually is.
Think about the actual things that may need doing in the property too. One thing is the roof – these can cost quite a lot to repair if there is damage to it is worth having a look for any loose tiles, as well as damp patches upstairs which can be a sign of roof damage.
Plumbing is another thing that is worth checking out – it is easy to check what the water pressure in the property is like by running the taps, but it is also a good idea to get a look at the boiler and see if the radiators seem to be in working order too, as this is something else that can end up costing you a lot to put right.
The main thing to remember is not to rush into it and to go into a property with a good idea of what you are looking for whilst keeping an open mind – it may be there are some things that you need to compromise on, but it is worth putting in the research beforehand to avoid any unwanted surprises!