You’ve saved up a deposit, secured a mortgage in principle and are ready to find the property of your dreams. The important thing now is to choose a home that not only fits your family now, but which can provide a wonderful place for you to live for years to come.
We’ve put together a simple checklist to guide you through the process of finding and securing your perfect property.
Most buyers get caught up in the excitement of buying a new home, and rush headlong into the search without taking the time to consider what they’re actually looking for. You can save yourself a lot of time – and buyer’s remorse – by sitting down with your partner, family or friends to define everything you really need in a home, as well as anything you would like on top.
Our top tip? Decide on your ideal parameters for size, location and price, and how flexible you are prepared to be on each. Follow this up with a set of “must have” and “nice to have” criteria. These are different for everyone, but might include things like a second reception room, off-road parking or en-suite bathrooms.
With a little preparation, you should be able to filter through your options with relatively ease, limiting yourself to properties which are in a nice location, have enough space, and fall within your budget. The next step is to view these to see if you can imagine making a home there.
Buying a property and moving your family is a huge commitment, so it’s important to take off the rose-tinted glasses, and scrutinise the building you’re about to invest in. Here are the top questions buyers often forget to ask themselves before signing on the dotted line.
Inside the house, ask yourself:
Tip: Take plenty of pictures as you walk around – at least one per room. It will make it much easier to remember each property clearly, and decide which you want to view a second time.
Don’t forget to ask your estate agent:
Tip: Always go for a second viewing, at a different time of day. It will give you a better idea of the amount of natural light, the parking availability and how noisy the neighbours can be.
Research the local area:
Project: Robinson House, The Square, Shrewsbury
Programme: 6 months
We were engaged to prepare a Feasibility Study to convert three floors of this impressive Grade II Listed building from offices to residential accommodation on the first, second & third floors.
Planning & Listed Building consent were obtained and work commenced under strict supervision to ensure compliance imposed in the Listed Building consent.
Project: Barn Conversion, Market Drayton
Programme: 6 months
This scheme involved the total refurbishment of this former Grade II Listed stable block to create 4 self contained residential units.
Planning & Listed Building consents, followed by Building Regulation approval were obtained. Careful attention to detail was required in order to comply with the requirements of the Conservation Officer. A detailed specification and drawings were required in order to ensure full compliance with the conditions attached to the statutory consents.
Internal features were retained as much as possible, ensuring that future generations will appreciate the historical construction details of this fine Grade II Listed building.
Project: Paunceford Court, Nr. Ledbury
Programme: 18 months
This scheme involved the complete refurbishment and extension of a Grade II Listed country house, which included upgrading and refurbishment of the main house, upgrading and extending the stable complex and finally the conversion of the attached Oast House to create additional residential accommodation.
Both Planning & Listed Building consent was required for this project which is now nearing completion. Close liaison with the Conservation Officer was required to ensure full compliance with conditions attached to the Listed Building consent. In addition, as the property is in a sensitive ecological area, full adherence to ecology requirements needed to be observed and which were scrutinised by the Local Authority as work progressed.
Project: 6a Bird Street, Lichfield
Programme: 4 months
This scheme involved the conversion of the first and second floors within this Grade II Listed property located in the centre of Lichfield. Both Planning and Listed Building consent were obtained, which included the preparation of a scheme of enhanced sound insulation between the commercial and residential premises, complying with the stringent requirements of the Local Authority.
The scheme created two 1 bedroom apartments.
Project: 11 Bird Street, Lichfield
Programme: 5 months
This scheme involved the creation of three 1 bedroom apartments on the upper floors of this Grade II Listed property located in the centre of Lichfield.
Both Planning and Listed Building consent were obtained prior to the works commencing, all works being undertaken whilst the ground floor commercial premises were in occupation.