We know that buying a house is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make – and not just financially. You’ll most likely invest a lot of time and energy into finding the perfect property, so here are 3 questions to ask before you buy a house to minimise stress and make sure you find the right home for you. If you’ve got any questions about a property or booking a survey, remember to get in touch with our professional team.
1. How long has the property been on the market?
If your potential new property has been on the market for a long time (what constitutes a ‘long time’ can be affected by a number of different factors including estate agents, forward chains and seasonal changes), it might be worth checking why this is the case. If you’ve got your heart set on buying the house, ask the current owners if they have commissioned a homebuyers or building survey to identify any potential problems which may arise later down the line. Remember, if the property is new and desirable to the market, you might be in for some competition from other buyers.
2. Will you have access to documents showing extensions or changes to the property?
If you don’t have any documents detailing changes to the property, you could commission a homebuyers or building survey to identify these. Before you buy a house, make sure to check whether it is a period property or listed building, as you’ll need to opt for a more detailed building survey. It’s important to be aware of what changes have been made to the property before you refurbish or make any significant renovations – you don’t want to knock through an interior wall to find the plumbing redirected through that room!
3. What changes would need making as soon as you move in?
It’s understandable that you’ll want to put your stamp on a new property the minute you move in, but remember to consider the amount of labour required within the first few weeks of living in your new home. On top of unpacking, organising and settling into your new area, you might need to deep clean, weed and tidy the garden, make any necessary repairs and dispose of any unneeded furniture the previous owners left behind. The wallpaper might not be to your taste and there might be ugly tiles in the kitchen, but try to look past the cosmetic details and get your property ready before you start getting the paint rollers out.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and see if changes can be made before you move in, which could be factored into your offer. You can use the Survey2Go quick quote calculator for a rough estimate of survey costs before you buy, if you’re interested in instructing a property survey. Happy house hunting!