Things To Check Before Purchasing A House

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Buying a house is a truly thrilling time. But, before you sign on the dotted line, check you’ve asked and received accurate answers to the following seven questions.

Is Anything Being Built Locally?
It’s both important and useful to know if there are plans to build anything in the vicinity of the house. If the beautiful park your back bedroom overlooks will be a ten-storey car park by the end of the following year, you need to know this! However, this works both ways. It could be that a new amenity is being built that will be handy for you. It might even increase house prices like the Crossrail is currently doing in London.

Could You Get Planning Permission In The Future?
You might not have the time, budget or motivation to extend your home right now. But you might in the future. Have local houses nearby been able to build conservatories? Attic extensions? What about sheds at the bottom of the garden? If so, you should be in the clear. But if neighbours report issues, take note.

Has A Building Inspection Been Done?
Building inspections are of utmost importance when it comes to buying a home. They show that the house is safe to live in and has longevity for the future. Any findings could influence how much you want to pay for the house. Some wear and tear is fine and normal, but anything more serious should be regarded carefully.

Will The Sellers Sweeten The Deal?
When people are planning on selling their home, they will be very aware that they need to make it as appealing as possible. They might re-fit the bathroom, or renovate the kitchen. However, they might also be willing to make upgrades in exchange for you making a deal to buy. It is always worth asking the question.

What Are The Locals Schools And Amenities Like?
You might not have children right now, but do you plan to have them while you’re still living there? If so, you need to take these things into consideration. Are their good schools that you would be considered close enough to for your kids to attend? And away from the topic of children, what are the other amenities like? Check out the parks, gyms and shops.

How Are Your Neighbours?
Knock on the neighbor's door and say hello! Explain that you’re considering buying the house next door and wanted to introduce yourself. If they welcome you in for a cup of tea with a big smile, great. But if they slam the door in your face, ask yourself if you’d feel comfortable living next to people like that long term.

How Safe Is The Area?
Do a bit of research into local crime ratings. Those facts and figures are there for a reason and can be very helpful in guiding you to the right decision. For a real idea, go and visit the house at night. Walk around the area and see you how you feel. Listen to your gut.