When you’re looking to buy a house, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the house itself. How it looks from the curb, the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and even the garden space. However, there’s so much more to the perfect property than the bricks and mortar, and if you overlook this you could end up sorely disappointed later on. Before you sign on that dotted line, make sure you’ve considered the following things as well.
These are the people you’ll be living right next door to, and so it makes sense to try and meet the neighbours or at least get some information about them before moving into a house. Knock the door and see if they seem friendly and approachable, and ask other nearby neighbours if there are any known issues with people in the street. Take a look at their gardens, if they’re full of rubbish with overgrown gardens for example then this is something that’s likely to bother you every time you come home.
Crime in the area
The next thing that’s worth considering is crime in the area. If you live in or near to a city then you’re never going to avoid it completely, but if there are reports of large numbers of dangerous crimes then this is something to think about especially if you have children.
You can find crime statistics by doing postcode searches of the address, the estate agents you’re working with may be able to give you advice as well. High rates of car crime will drive the cost of your own car insurance up as you’ll be deemed to be living in a more risky area. And high levels of home burglaries could mean that yours may be a target. These are all things to have a look at when you’re looking for a home to purchase.
Home is where the heart is but we can’t stay there forever, we all need to get out and about and live our lives. Consider what the transport situation is like, how easy it will be for you to get to work, your kids schools and other places using the buses, trains and road networks. Find out what congestion levels are like around the time of your commute, if it turns out that you’ll spend half your life sitting in traffic then perhaps its not the best location for you.
Finally, it’s worth checking to see what kinds of local amenities are nearby to the house you want. Doctors, dentists, kids schools, parks and play areas, shops and more. This is even more important if you or your partner don’t drive, you’ll need to have the facilities you need within walking distance. While this might not be enough to put you off a property alone, if you’re weighing up the pros and cons of similar homes then it’s something that could help to make your decision.