Jun 28, 2013

A House Hunter's Guide to Buying Homes

Looking for a new place to live is an exciting process, but it can also be a stressful and frustrating time. Whether you are looking to buy your first home, are moving up the property ladder, relocating or even downsizing, finding the perfect place to live is an important decision and it is vital to keep a clear head as you weigh up your options.

Taking the stress out of house hunting

Firstly, try to whittle down exactly what you are looking for and exactly what you want to avoid. If you are set on a home with a garden and an apartment building is definite no-go option, clearly mark this off your list. If you need two or more bedrooms and will not settle for a one-bed, clearly mark on your list the minimum room number necessary to suit your needs. If location is the key issue and you can compromise on size, space and number of bedrooms and bathrooms, be sure to keep focused on those areas that you really want to live in and exclude those that are less desirable to you. By noting exactly what you are looking for you can avoid getting side-tracked by inadequate options that do not really fit the bill.

New build or historic charm?

One of the biggest decisions to make when deciding which property to buy is whether you want to opt for new build homes or older properties. There are pros and cons to each type and it makes sound sense to weigh these up before deciding which housing style is for you. Many home buyers have their heart set on a period property, only to find that problems regarding planning restrictions, issues with damp and other problems commonly associated with older properties can take the shine off the idea of buying an older home.

On the other hand, while many people write off new-build developments because of a perceived 'cookie cutter' approach to home building and a lack of character in new build homes, these can in fact be great options for anyone looking to move straight into a new house without the need for extensive refurbishments or drawn-out improvements. Many new build developments, such as those from Linden Homes are created with specific types of buyer in mind - be it young professionals, families or retired people - and these types of developments are often the least stressful way to buy a home - particularly if they are brand new builds and not involved in any kind of housing chain. On the other hand, nobody wants to move onto a building site, so be sure to check if ongoing building work - if any - is likely to drag on for a while.

Author bio: Simon Hopes is an expert in social housing who edits a range of business titles for the social housing industry. She believes that, housing organisations such as #Keepmoat aim to stimulate the UK housing market by offering solid, affordable opportunities for first time buyers, while keeping a focus on building a sense of community.
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