House hunting can be a stressful time but the last thing you want is that stress to be added to by moving into your new home and being greeted by some nasty surprises. Most of the time you only get one chance to view the property and whether you are buying or renting, there are certain questions you need to ask in order to gain all of the relevant information.
Choosing a new house is a big decision and one which shouldn’t be taken lightly and therefore you shouldn’t be rushed into any purchase. If you feel there is even the smallest reason for not taking it then it’s best to hold off until you know everything you need to know. Here are 5 questions that will give you an idea of what you need to be asking so that you are fully aware what to expect.
What Are The Running Costs? – The price or monthly rent of a property may be an attractively low amount but it is important to know roughly how much it is going to cost to run. Things such as water, electricity and gas bills will need to be taken into account as well as which band the house is in for council tax. The estate agent should be able to find this out from the current owners or tenants but you can also get a good guide from the property’s energy performance certificate.
Why Is The Property Being Sold/Rented? – This could potentially be a game changer. The chances are that the previous owners are just looking to relocate or downsize/upsize but it is always best to find out. If it turns out it’s because the bathroom floor is slowly rotting away, you know to steer clear. Sometimes, if you are looking to rent the property, you can speak to the current tenants and ask them directly.
Is There Are Room For Negotiation? – More often than not people are scared to look at negotiating the price of a house down but in a lot of cases there is room for it. Most of the time a house will be put on the market for a little bit more than the owner expects to get for it and if they really want to sell then they may be willing to listen to other offers in the region of the asking price.
Are There Any Plans For Development In The Area? – One of your worst nightmares would be to move into your lovely new home only to be greeted by a building site the next morning. Planning permission for any development work will need to have been submitted well in advance and any plans are likely to be found on the relevant council’s website. If your estate agent isn’t sure; it’s always best to do a bit of research online.
What’s The Landlord Like? – Obviously this is only necessaryif you are going to be renting the property but estate agents should be able to tell you a bit about the landlord. After all they will no doubt want references from you to make sure you are suitable so there is no reason why you shouldn’t do similar. Some landlords will be very hands-on and won’t mind if you contact them directly should there be any problems but others will promise the earth and you will rarely see them during your tenancy.
If you are planning on moving home, the chances are that you are going to want a trusted and reliable removal firm to help you do it. It is important to find one that is right for you so search for London removal companies (or companies in your local area) online to find out more and see what previous customers have to say about them.
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