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Help with making a wish list

From the moment you first decide to move, the cost clock starts ticking. The whole process can be daunting - where exactly do you start?

That's why we've put together this three-part guide to make life a little easier for you.

For buyers

A wish list can help you choose exactly the right property for you.

Draw up a check list based on the following points:

  • Location - do you need to live near your parents or family?
  • Type of property - flat, Victorian cottage, new build, detached family home. Will you be living in the property into your old age? Will stairs be a problem?
  • Garden - is there room for the children to play?
  • Garage - is it essential?
  • Number and size of bedrooms - will the children be leaving home soon?
  • Second bathroom - what about appealing to a tenant if you need extra income?
  • Quality of local schools - will your children be willing to move?
  • What are the shopping and parking facilities?
  • Public transport - do you rely on this?
  • Sports clubs and other leisure amenities - how important are they?
  • Hospitals - if you are undergoing regular treatment, can you still make the appointments easily?
  • Work - how long is the commute?

House Hunting Tips

  • See as many houses as possible - this way you get a flavour of what is on the market
  • Take someone with you - you may overlook something important
  • Go back for a second visit - and at a different time of the day
  • Take notes - it is easy to forget what was said
  • Bring a camera - but ask permission
  • Consider visiting local pubs or shops to find out about what is going on in the area
  • Buy or read the local paper to see if there are local issues which might affect you
  • Try and find out about the neighbours - walk around the area on a Sunday and engage in conversation

Ask lots of questions when on a viewing, it will save you time and money.

Questions to Ask The Seller

This is likely to be one of the most important decisions of your life. Gather as much information as possible about your home - and start with the seller when you look round.

Here are some basic questions to ask:

  • Why are you moving?
  • What are you including in the price?
  • How long has the house been on the market?
  • How old is it?
  • What improvements have you carried out?
  • Do you still have guarantees for the work?
  • How easy is it to park?
  • What are the local schools like?
  • Tell us about the amenities in the area?
  • Have you ever been flooded?
  • Do you know your neighbours - what are they like?
  • Have you ever been burgled?
  • Do you have a servicing agreement on your central heating?
  • Are you in a flight path?
  • Do you have animals?


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