Buying Tips

Before you buy, make sure you remember the following:

  • Be prepared to view as soon as possible
    In this market, the best properties are snapped up quickly. Also, make sure your solicitor is informed quickly if you wish to proceed.
  • Put yourself in a position to buy
    Qualify yourself for a mortgage as soon as possible. Also, if you are chain free, make sure your agent knows this. Provide your estate agent with as much notification as possible that shows you are ready to proceed.
  • Multiple viewings
    Try and view more than once at different times of the day, including rush hour, to check how local roads may be affected by congestion.
  • Protect yourself
    Property surveys maybe 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.
  • 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.
  • Ask lots of direct questions about the property
    Have these worked out in advance of viewings
  • Don't be put off by a property that is on the market at a low price compared to others in the area
    In this housing market some of the best deals are sold on behalf of developers and lenders and are priced to sell quickly. These properties include some of the best value houses around, so remember to give these your consideration.

Buying Tips