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What to look for when moving house

2020-10-16

Thinking about moving house? Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth it never gets any easier. You know all of the basic tips already, ensuring you know your budget and making sure you get an inspection, however, what are some things you may not know you should consider when looking at a property?

In this article, we explore some of the things you should look for when moving house.

Location

Location is often one of the biggest things people think about when moving house. However, it’s also something that many people compromise on, or push to one side when finding a house that they love. Although this can work out, there are some times when it might not.

Ensuring a property’s location fits your lifestyle needs is essential. From making sure your commute to work is as easy as possible, to knowing if you’ll be close to a shop or school. When looking at a property, really consider how a location will work for you in all scenarios by asking yourself some hypothetical questions. These could include:

  • If I have an accident, how far away is the nearest hospital?
  • If I run out of something I need urgently, how quickly can I get to the nearest shop?
  • If my car breaks down, how easily can I get to work?

The questions you ask should depend on your lifestyle, but they can help you see how the location of a property will really work for you in the long run. Whether it’s knowing that your favourite takeaway delivers to you or knowing how your children can get to the local college when the time comes, asking these questions is an important step.

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Longevity

The second thing you should consider is how a house is going to work for you in the future. For those who move into their forever homes, this is an essential question but even for those who are moving into a transitional property, considering this is important. After all, you never know what life is going to throw at you and making sure your house can cope is important.

For young movers, things like having space for a baby if one might come along can be something to consider. Even if this isn’t the home you plan on raising a child in, you may find that it happens and knowing that you’ve got the space can save a lot of hassle down the line.

If you are moving in later life, consider how a house may work for you practically and from an accessibility standpoint. Could you install an internal home lift if you desire one? Is the garden big enough to host grandchildren?

Out-of-Hours

When we view a house, oftentimes we arrive during the daytime and spend at most an hour or two looking around. Although this can give us a great picture of the house during that time, it does mean there are many hours of the day in which we haven’t seen a property.

Once you’ve found a property that you like, making sure you take the time out to visit it at different times of the day and on different days of the week can give you a great insight into whether there is anything you might not notice during usual viewing hours.

Perhaps in the evenings, neighbours’ cars take up what looked like ample parking spaces, or maybe you find that on a Friday night the quaint pub at the end of the street pumps out loud music into the early hours. The things you notice may not bother you, or they may be deal-breakers, but either way, they are good to have in mind.

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Community

For some people, having friendly neighbours who become close family friends is a must, and for others, this couldn’t be less desirable. Whichever party you fit in, or if you fit somewhere in the middle, ensuring the neighbours to any property you consider buying fit your desires can be an often-overlooked step.

We’ve all heard horror stories of the neighbours from hell, whether its those who act as if you don’t exist or those who make your every move their business. Although we cannot fully grasp what a neighbour will be like, we can do due diligence to find out as much as possible. This can mean asking the previous homeowner, visiting the street at different times of the day or even stopping by and saying hello.

The team at House Logic explains: “Sorry, introverts. There’s no better way to get a read on the neighbourhood than by directly asking the actual neighbours. Pop by their home and strike up a chat.

“It’s a two-fer: Not only might you get valuable information about the area — from the noisy bar on the street behind you to eager babysitters on the block — but paying attention to their attitude speaks volumes about your potential relationship with your maybe-neighbours. Do they seem excited to meet you? Or are they standoffish?”

Technology

Technology is an important part of our lives now and knowing yours will work in a new house is essential. From checking you get a mobile phone signal to knowing what the internet options are for the house, doing some checks before putting an offer in can save you some hassle down the line.

If you are someone who works from home often, then ensuring you have a fast and reliable internet service is essential. To find this out, you can usually ask the current owners what internet provider they are with, however, you can also do your own checks to see which providers serve the area and what speeds you’ll be looking at.

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Upgrades and Replacements

Whenever we move into a new place, the first thing we want to do is add our own touch. However, you should make sure you are aware of the necessary upgrades and replacements needed before you move in. Whether it’s a kitchen that has seen better days or windows that aren’t up to scratch, these things can add up and end up meaning the house will cost you more than you hope in the long run.

If you are looking for a challenge then this might be expected, but for those who might want to buy a home with minimal work, ensuring you know of any extra costs upfront is a wise move. Consider what appliances might come with the house and any you may need to buy. Consider whether the kitchen and bathroom are fine as is or will need to be replaced. It’s not just inside the house, look at factors like the roof and door and windows where replacements can cost a lot, but the negative results of wear and tear can be massive.

The team at Really Moving rank making allowances for the condition one of their top tips, explaining: “Perhaps you decided from the outset that you want a newly built or refurbished property that needs no work. But most people will end up updating the décor of the place they buy. Remember that you won’t have to live with the taste or personal effects of the current owner and that a fresh coat of paint is cheap and easy and can make a huge difference. However, remember that if you do think you’ll end up giving the walls a lick of paint or replacing the carpet, curtains or kitchen, make sure you can afford to do so.”

What to look for when moving house:

  • Location – Is this location truly practical for your lifestyle?
  • Longevity – Will this property work for you into the future?
  • Out-of-Hours – What’s it like when you aren’t viewing it?
  • Community – What are the neighbours and surrounding community like?
  • Technology – Do you get a phone signal, and can you get a good broadband service?
  • Upgrades and Replacements – Will you need to make many upgrades or replacements?

By ticking off each of these topics, you can be sure the property you’ve got your eyes set on will fulfil you not only in the short-term but in the long-term too.

For those who are looking to future proof their home, add a touch of luxury or are looking for unique ways to add value, a home lift is a wonderful option. With beautiful designs and customisable features, you can make a lift work for your space and your lifestyle.

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