It’s exciting preparing to find a new home and embarking on the next stage of your property journey, but of course, there are many factors that must be considered along the way as you find your perfect home, wherever in the county you are likely to buy.
It’s likely you will view many different properties before finally settling on the right one for you. It’s also likely that you will have certain criteria to fulfill and plenty of boxes to be ticked. These might include the need for your chosen property to be situated in a location of your choosing and its ability to meet the demands of your lifestyle, whether that be in close proximity to good schools, shopping facilities, or if you are a social butterfly, close to cafe culture and a vibrant nightlife.
At Stephen Lane our aim is to help you make the correct choices and best decisions when it comes to finding your perfect home, so to make the experience straight-forward and stress free, we have compiled our top tips to ensure you make the right decision.
Research is the key to the door
What type of property do you require? It’s important to scope out the local area so that you can judge what type of properties are available in which locations and at what cost. For example, Victorian properties may be in abundance in one part of the county, whilst new builds are predominantly somewhere else! With this in mind, if you are searching for a large Victorian property in location A, your research may indicate that you may only be able to secure that particular type of property in location B. So, the question is, will you be happy to compromise?
This is the reason it’s vital you research the market thoroughly so that you not only have realistic expectations but are aware that you may need to adjust those expectations in order to find your perfect home.
Top Tip: Think about what you truly need from your home rather than extras you simply desire, and be honest about it! For example, if you work from home, an office will be a need, a commodity that is suddenly at the top of a lot of peoples list. If you have children, a garden will be a need. If you have a large family, multiple bathrooms will be a need. Whereas a desire could be a log burning stove, a decked area in the garden, solid wood floors or a conservatory. All of the latter can of course be added to a property with good planning and little hassle.
Location, location, location
Do you need to be close to your place of work, your children’s school or your extended family? Or are you willing to compromise on proximity in order to purchase your dream home, that has all the features? Think about whether you are prepared to make concessions on some of your specifics, perhaps with a trade-off being a slightly longer commute, living closer to a busy road or a little further from amenities. These factors matter and it’s important you are clear about what is imperative to your happiness in your new home.
Top Tip: The right location is often more important than the right house. You can always alter a house and turn it into your home – however, you cannot change its location. Consider this when seeking compromises!
Enlist the help of an expert local estate agent
Finding your perfect home can be challenging so please don’t attempt to do so alone. Your local estate agent will be able to help you scope the area, arrange viewings of properties that match your criteria, shortlist the properties you love, offer expert advice regarding local schools and businesses in the area and of course assist you through making an offer and negotiating the best price on your dream home.
We are here to help you!
By registering with us and letting us know your preferred location and the type of property in you are looking for, you’ll receive updates as soon as properties matching your criteria become available and you will never need to worry that you’ll miss out on your dream home.
At Stephen Lane we take on new properties on Canvey Island and the surrounding areas daily, so register with us today and let us assist you in finding your dream home.
We are ready to help you start the process of finding your perfect home. Simply call us on 01268 514777 and speak with a member of our friendly team. We look forward to speaking to you soon.