Get ready to start viewing
Viewing properties can be daunting. Here are some of the things you can do to make it easier.
Check the orientation
Orientation affects how much sunlight or shade you'll have in your garden. If you're a sun worshipper or a BBQ fan you'll want to make sure your garden faces south.
Explore the area
It's important to love the area as much as you love the house so take a walk around the neighbourhood. Take note of traffic, parks and local shops. If you want a place that's safe for kids you may want to search for homes in cul-de-sacs.
Take note of storage options
It may not seem that important but poor storage areas can cause big headaches once you move everything in. Make sure the hall is big enough for prams or bikes and looks for areas where the wheelie bins would go. The more you visualise where your belongings would go the better idea you will have that it will work.
If you think you may want to extend your home check to see if that is possible. Take a look at the roof to see if an attic conversion is possible or whether planning permissions are difficult to secure in that area.
What questions should you ask?
How long has the property been on the market?
Are there any current offers?
Why are the sellers selling?
Is there any planning permission on the home?
Have the sellers made any structural changes?
What contents are included in the sale?
What year was the property built?
What amenities are in the area?
Now you're ready to jump in and start viewing. Best of luck!