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Bank Holiday Bargains

It’s the August bank holiday, and we all love a three day weekend! So let’s make the most of this extra time and take a look at what bargain properties we have for sale, throughout the UK. Continue reading

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Posted by: Samantha Turner Categories: Buying, Buying Property, Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , Leave a comment

Things to remember when viewing a property

Viewing a propertyWhether you are looking to rent or buy, viewing a property that could potentially be your home for years to come is a big deal! Not asking the right questions or looking for the right things could be something you regret in the long term.

 

I am sure we have all done it, felt a surge of excitement when we think that a property is ‘the one’ before we’ve even seen it. The location is perfect, the photos look great and you are already 99% sure that this is the house for you.

But before you step through the door, keep in a mind a few of these key questions:

Does the building look structurally sound?

The structural health of a property may be a bit hard to gage when you’re not a surveyor, however there are some clues to keep an eye out for e.g. big cracks or bowed walls. You can expect some hair line cracks, but any large cracks around end of terrace walls, bay windows and extension joins will need to be looked at by a surveyor, likewise, if any walls look like they may be bowing, you may wish to seek the advice of a structural engineer.

Is there enough space for you?

It is easy to get carried away with the look and feel of a property and forget that you have to fit in there, literally! Space is valuable, little things like where will you store your towels, spare bed linen and random boxes of junk need to be considered. Are the rooms big enough for your needs and furniture? It has been known that sellers put smaller furniture in rooms to make them look bigger, so be aware of this.

Which way does the property face?

North or south? Depending on your love of the sunlight, this can be a big factor. During the winter months it is difficult to tell the difference between a north and south facing house or garden. In the summer months however, this can make all the difference. If you like your home to be full of warmth and light as opposed to dark and cold, this is one thing you will need to consider. Don’t be shy about taking along a compass, or you could even use an app on your mobile phone.

How old is the roof?

After the cost of moving the last thing you need is the bill for a leaky roof. Newer roofs have a life expectancy of around 15-20 years. If the property has a flat roof, the sealant may need to be checked to make sure all the seams and edges are properly sealed.

Is all the pipework intact?

Ask if the pipes are insulated and ensure they are not lead. The last thing you will need is a big bill to replace them all. On the subject of plumbing, you may also wish to ask how old the boiler is and when was it last serviced.

Lastly, what is the area like?

One of the most important considerations to make when looking at properties is the area in which you will be living. For example, are you close to a pub or club that may become loud in the evenings? Do you have a local shop where you can buy any necessary groceries, or will you have to drive? Is there easy access to public transport if you require it? But most importantly do you think that you will feel safe? If you do like the property, arrange another viewing for a different time of day so you can scout out the local area a bit more, and reassure yourself that you will be able to call this place home.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Samantha Turner Categories: Buying Property, Property Advice, Uncategorized Tags: , Leave a comment

Do you travel further than the average 8.8 miles to work? Maybe it’s time to cut your commute…

LondonAs the old saying goes, choosing a home is all about, ‘location, location, location’. Never is this more true than when you are considering your journey to work.  Propertywide’s innovative new Travel Time tool allows you to easily identify available properties within your preferred commute radius. Continue reading

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Posted by: nicolasevern Categories: Buying, Buying Property, For Sale, Industry News, Property Advice, Property News, Tenants Advice, Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Captivating Cornwall

Long Beach CornwallThe summer holidays are now in full swing and who doesn’t want a vacation at this time of year. Whilst many of us would opt to jump on a plane in search of a sun kissed beach or interesting city to soak up the scenery and culture, you could actually find what you’re looking for right here in the UK. Continue reading

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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Buying, For Sale, Interesting Properties Tags: , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Is the housing market starting to cool in the capital?

LondonFollowing the latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) we’re left wondering if the housing market in the capital is starting to loose it’s heat as findings from the report show that the number of buyer enquiries have plummeted to their lowest levels since the financial crisis in 2008. This, coupled with a decreasing number of house sales in July, which went from an average of 19 per surveyor in June to 16 per surveyor in July, suggests that supply could be starting to outstrip demand. Continue reading

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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Economy, House Prices, Property Market Tags: , , , , , , Leave a comment

Property Paycheck

MoneyYesterday, the Office for National Statistics revealed that (excluding bonuses) wages in the UK rose by just 0.6% in the year to June. This rise was the slowest since records began in 2001 and as such, it is no surprise that in certain cases people are earning more from property than from their day jobs Continue reading

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Posted by: nicolasevern Categories: Economy, Estate Agents, House Prices, Selling, Uncategorized Tags: Leave a comment

Sunny Seaford

Whilst the sun is shining, let’s take a look at some of the properties we have available to buy in the coastal town of Seaford. Lying east of Newhaven and Brighton and west of Eastbourne, it is the largest town within the Lewes district. With direct rail connections into London, it is ideal for commuters who want to live outside the City. Continue reading

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Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker: Barriers to buying

A recent survey conducted on behalf of the Halifax has revealed that UK residents perceive the inability to raise a big enough deposit as the biggest barrier to buying property.

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