Our Top 8 Expert Tips When Buying
It’s easy to fall in love
immediately with a property and then completely forget to be practical, but by
keeping your wits about you and asking the estate agent questions when viewing
a property, it is possible to avoid problems.
Buying a property is the
biggest purchase of your life, and a small mistake can cost big. Therefore, below
we have written up a house-buying guide with our top 10 expert tips to help you
when looking at properties for sale in Carshalton.
Our Top 8
Property Buying Tips
- Do not look at the house as a home - It isn’t always easy, but on a first inspection try to
look at the house only as a building that needs inspecting. Do not get too attached
early on or it is possible your heart might rule your head and cause you to completely
overlook any issues.
- Take your time looking around - Make sure you spend a good amount of time when viewing
a house, around 20 to 30 minutes is good, so you can really get a feel for the
place. Do not be afraid to ask questions either.
- Research the local areas - When looking at properties for sale in Carshalton, try
to spend some time walking around the general area to see how close the things
that matter to you are. Remember to check out public transport links to ensure
you and your family can get around easily. If you have children, or thinking of
having them in the future, then understanding the catchment areas for
particular schools will be vital, which can also push prices up by as much as
5% to 10%!
- Look at the whole structure of the
building - Make sure you walk around the house to check the
outside. Look for damp and cracks in the walls, missing or loose tiles on the
roof and any outdoor issues. If you find signs of a problem, ask questions to
find out what the cause is and whether it is fixable.
- Use your sense of smell - A strange one we know, but be very wary of unusual
smells when looking around a property. Damp can give off a musty smell even if
you cannot see actual physical signs. If you do spot faults, don’t necessarily
be put off buying as you could use what you have discovered to negotiate on the
price, depending on how big the issue is and how much it would cost to fix.
- Check out what’s working inside the
property - You will not know whether the lights, electrics, taps
or pipes work unless you try them. Also, try opening and closing the windows to
check they are in good condition too.
- Move the furniture around - Did you know the seller does not have to tell you
about problems, so they may try to hide them. Some common cover-ups can include
painting over damp and hiding wall cracks or floor problems with furniture and rugs.
- Remember to arrange a survey - You may think you have had a survey, when actually you
have just had a mortgage valuation. It is definitely a good idea to get a
survey done to uncover any hidden issues with the house that you are buying. If
you are buying property in Carshalton, ask us for a
home report, which includes a survey.
Properties For Sale Carshalton?
If you are looking for
properties for sale in Carshalton, then Silverman Black is the ideal
choice. We even have entire dedicated
guide on our website to buying in Carshalton, Surrey: Property for sale Carshalton. Alternatively, call our friendly team today on 0208
773 2929 and we will be happy to talk you through our entire buying process.