Searching for a new property can be a strange mix of fear and excitement as you look for a place to start a new chapter of your life. Although many are concerned with the look and feel of their new home, which of course everyone should be, other factors are often overlooked. In light of this, we’ve put together some top tips to help you with what to look for when buying a house.
1. Research the area
When it comes to moving properties, finding the right house for you is only half the battle. You then need to make sure that the area you want to move to is right for you. It only takes a few minutes to research towns and cities online with most newspapers, local magazines and amenities having websites and forums. Of course, nothing beats a first-hand approach. Head down to your prospective area and take a look around. You can ask people in local stores about their opinion of the area and begin to get a feel for your potential new surroundings.
If you’re moving and either have, or are planning a family, schools should be a key factor in deciding your new location. There are a number of good schools in Cardiff and Penarth and City councils usually have lists of all the schools in the area and any contact information should be easily obtainable. Make sure the house you’d like to move to is in the relevant catchment area and has a good reputation. A good way to find out about a schools performance is to check its Estyn report.
3. Crime Rates
No matter where you are looking to move to, the safety of you, your family and your property should always be top priority. Street crime is something that can rarely be avoided, so be sure to look into the crime rates of the area you’re moving to. There are specific websites that have crime statistics for cities all throughout the UK. You can then use these sites to help make an informed decision on your location, ensuring you feel safe and happy in your new home.
4. Things to do
Be sure to make time to look ahead for anything in the area that you can use to relax. So look beyond moving day and see if there is anything that would interest you on a day off or a night out so that you can relax and unwind. If you have children, think about their school holidays and where you could go to keep them entertained. City council websites often have lists of tourist attractions and arts and leisure activities that will help keep the whole family entertained.
5. Look beyond the postcode
They say the key to finding your new home is location, location, location. However, sometimes those properties that have been seemingly built with you in mind have a price tag that you just can’t match. If you find somewhere you love but just can’t afford, take a look around the nearby area at some other properties for sale. Although they may only be a few streets away, they can be much more affordable. An extra few minutes walk could make all the difference.