You’ve done it. You’ve decided to buy a new house. This is big. What if it goes wrong? I just have one thing to tell any homebuyer and it’s “take your time”, I don’t mean dilly-dally around, I mean really check out the property you’re interested in purchasing and take in mind these 8 things to consider when buying a house:
If you’ve got a good plot of land, then you can do a great deal with it. I spoke to a builders Birmingham expert over at Dougherty Construction and he said that getting an extension can be cheaper than you’d imagine so if you want to upgrade your house in the future then make sure you’ve got the land to build on.
- Are the rooms the right size?
When I was younger and I moved house, my dad walked in and looked at the ceiling and I had no idea why, but after the viewing he told me that people are often distracted by the furniture in a room and the layout can sometimes be deceiving… but a ceiling doesn’t lie.
Now, I don’t know if you usually look at your ceiling for a good gage of room size, but maybe you should start… Or take a tape measure. The estate agent may tell you that a room has a certain amount of square foot space but is it useful to you if some of that is in a nook you can’t put anything in?
- Window size, placement, and the amount of natural light
You can modify windows so the style shouldn’t matter too much, but it isn’t exactly cheap so look for a house which has plenty of natural light and well-placed windows. If you’ve got a window which is facing a wall… is that what you want?
- Driveway width and length
If you don’t own a car, then you may want to skip over this point but if you own one or are considering getting one at any point in the future then just imagine it not fitting on your driveway.
If you’ve got a narrow driveway and your car won’t fit, then what’s the point in having it?
- Street parking
The same thing goes for this point. If you’ve not got a car, then head on over to point 5. If you do have a car, and you’re looking at a house which doesn’t have a driveway. Where are you going to park? Street parking isn’t usually an issue on the outskirts of towns but some places have strange rules so look in to it and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
- How steep is the staircase?
You may have no problem getting up a steep staircase while you’re young and agile, but my grandma always tells me that when you get older and your hips and knees start to give way, steep stairs are a nightmare.
- Good bones
I’m not talking about your body, but the bones of the house. Having a home with architectural details like exposed beams are a great way to add personality to a house.
Britain doesn’t usually have one of the warmest climates, and don’t forget that if you’re viewing a house in the summer. If the heating doesn’t work then take that in mind because it can cost a fair amount to get a good heating system installed.
We hope that next time you’re on the hunt for the perfect home that our little list of points saves you time, money and a few grey hairs!
Advise on UK planning permission – https://www.gov.uk/browse/housing-local-services/planning-permission