When looking to buy a long-term property there are many factors to consider. Whether you’re planning on settling down to have a family or looking for somewhere to reside for a number of years later in life, it’s important to get it right.
To help you find your perfect home for the future, here at House Network we’ve put together a checklist of the essentials to ensure you find the best long term property in the UK:
When investing in a property for the long haul it’s really important to look for a house that you’ll be able to grow into. If you’re planning on having children, or expanding your family further, you’ll need to ensure that there is enough space. This includes downstairs in the communal areas plus the number of bedrooms upstairs. Think about whether the living areas will feel cramped with extra people there or not and be sure to check that the bedrooms are all decent sized. Question whether you can fit in all the essential furniture whilst leaving enough space to live comfortably.
Outdoor space is hugely important. It’s imperative that there is a garden for children to play in or somewhere for pets to run around. If there is a garden, check whether it’s secure and fenced off or think about what the cost implications of making it more secure are. It’s also good to think about whether there is enough space for any future expansion plans you might have like building decking, a patio area or a conservatory. Ask whether the garden is north or south facing as if you’re planning on having barbeques in the summer, you’ll want to catch the sun in the daytime.
Parking is an additional concern. Is there a garage? If not, is there enough space on the drive for more than one car and if you already have older children, consider whether there is enough room if your children are soon to get cars too.
Condition of the Property
The property needs to be in a good condition when you first purchase so that you don’t have to carry out expensive repairs and refurbishments. If the kitchen and bathroom are relatively new this is a good place to start as refurbishing these areas is the most costly. Obviously, when viewing a potential property keep an eye out for any major problems, like damp or mould, which could turn out to be expensive further along the line. Always knock on the walls to see if they sound hollow or if the plaster is loose and check if the windows are double glazed.
Research and find out about the quality of and distance to local schools in the area, both primary and secondary. It’s always good to live within walking distance of a well performing school. For older children, ensure your home is nearby a school bus route so it’s easy for children to get there under their own steam.
Checking out the area’s local amenities is essential. Consider the distance to shops and convenience stores for when you need to call for some milk or bread. Other things like how close to main transport links, restaurants and takeaways also makes a difference. See how far it is to walk to the local park and whether or not there are play areas within walking distance too.
It’s important to assess how well you will fit in with the wider community. For example, if you have young children, moving to an area where there are plenty of other young children for them to play out with is desirable, as is having leisure activities and interest groups in the area to suit your own hobbies. Ask questions about the neighbours and how loud/quiet the street is too.
Although the search for a long term property can be really tricky, it’s vital that you persevere and keep searching until you find the perfect one for you. By following this checklist, you won’t make any rookie mistakes and hopefully be able to find a happy home for you and your family to live in for years to come.