With most of the properties now being listed online, it’s easier than ever to find a property to buy that meets your needs.
I would strongly encourage you to take the time to ask yourself exactly what you’re looking for before you seriously start looking; because there is such a large selection to choose from, this will help you to firm up your requirements and narrow the options more efficiently.
Here’s 3 key criteria you’ll need to think about before embarking on your property search:
Price – How much can you realistically afford to spend per month on a mortgage and bills and still be able to live comfortably?
Location – where do you want to buy?
Size – how many bedrooms do you need? Do any of them need to be doubles? How big should your yard be? Is the property big enough should you wish to extend at a later stage?
Where to live and what to look for?
Before you start looking at properties you’ll need to have an idea of how many bedrooms you will need, what your budget is and a shortlist of the locations you’re interested in. This can sometimes feel overwhelming, particularly if this is the first time you’ve looked into buying a property.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to make the process a little easier:
- What are your ‘must haves’ that will make your new property feel like home?
- What do you love about your current home and area?
- What are the things that you don’t like about your current home that you would like to avoid next time?
- How long do you plan to stay in the next property?
- What amenities do you want or need?
- How far are you prepared to travel to meet friends and relatives?
- How long a commute would you be comfortable with?
- How important are transport links for you?
- Are there any transport links you need to be particularly near to?
- Is there somewhere you need to get to regularly?
Once you know with certainty what you want, you’re ready to start looking at the properties for sale that meets your requirements.
Don’t over enthusiastically purchase a house, a house should never be purchased incautiously. You have to analyse every aspect to dependably dissect each possibility before settling on your choice as this is a long term investment and could cost you a fortune if you don’t choose the correct property with the correct necessities.