Buying a house invariably costs more than you think. Before you start looking at properties, work out your finances and find out how much you can borrow, then only look at properties within your budget. It helps to secure a ‘mortgage in principle’ subject to finding a suitable property.
Don’t simply walk round a house and say nothing. Ask searching questions – how long has it been on the market/what renovations have been done/how old is the wiring/what are the neighbours like?
Try not to let colour schemes and décor that is not to your taste sway your decision. If everything else about the house is right, re-decorating should not be an insurmountable obstacle.
Open doors and windows, look for peeling wallpaper and condensation on windows (possible damp), check water pressure, look at the roof and outside walls, look at the condition of neighbouring properties and consider resale potential, assuming that you won’t want to live in the property forever more.
Contact a BSPC Solicitor, these are all local people, who live and work in the area and have in-depth knowledge of the local property market. Your Solicitor will advise you on the market, outline the buying procedure and give you an estimate of costs.
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As a first time buyer I was nervous about viewing until my Solicitor gave me some helpful advice and suggested taking along a friend or parent who had previously viewed and purchased a property.