07 Feb Top tips to find the perfect home this Valentines
Looking for a new house is exciting; it is the start of a new adventure. However, with restraints on budgets and availability, it can be highly competitive and difficult to find the perfect match. But it’s not impossible to find your perfect home, especially if you follow our top tips below.
Top tips to find the perfect home this Valentine’s Day:
1. Get your finances ready
The key to finding your perfect home is to establish your budget and get your finances ready. If you need a mortgage, speak to a mortgage advisor to see how much you can borrow and then get an agreement in principle (sometimes called a mortgage in principle). An agreement in principle (AIP) is an indication that a lender will lend a specified amount, based on details you’ve provided about your income, spending, and debts. Most estate agents will expect to see your AIP when you make an offer on a property. So, rather than leaving it to the last minute, get one ready before viewing properties.
2. Tweak your price range
Knowing how much you can afford means you can focus your property search within the specified price range. Sometimes it is worth expanding this criterion slightly to avoid missing out on overpriced properties. By looking at comparable properties in the area, you can get an idea of whether the price is reasonable or not. If there is room for negotiation, give it a go!
3. Be flexible
While you may desire the perfect home, the perfect home may not exist. So, instead of sticking completely to your search criteria, be flexible.
Consider all your non-negotiables and negotiables and use this as your guide instead.
4. Register your search
It is not uncommon for buyers to rely on websites like Rightmove, Zoopla, and OnTheMarket to see new properties. However, many properties are sold before they reach the websites. This is because buyers are registered to receive exclusive properties directly from estate agents.
To make sure you’re ahead of the game, register your search with us.
Register your search with us!
4. Be ready to make a move
If you need to sell a house too, it can be tricky to decide to put it on the market before you find one to buy. It’s such a chicken and egg situation.
However, if you really want to move and are looking in an area where demand is high, it’s best to get the ball rolling now.
By having your house on the market, or even better, under offer, you’ll be in a much better position to make an offer on a property you like. It’s less likely an offer will be accepted if you’re not on the market, as most sellers won’t be willing to wait.
If you are worried about selling before you find your perfect home, there are strategies we can help with. To start, why not book a free valuation and we will come up with a plan for you.