How to find your dream home when you’re short of time
Cramming the added pressure of moving house into your already busy days can be a daunting and off putting thought. You simply feel you haven’t got the headspace to even begin to think where to start.
Don’t despair, help is here in our quick and simple guide, making it easy for you find your next dream home.
Step 1 – Decide where you want to be
Remember properties can be altered, locations can’t. Forming an idea of what locations work best for your work, family, friends is a good place to start.
Step 2- Be clear about your budget
A lot of time can be saved by understanding your budget from the start. Hanging your nose over properties (a fabulous phrase I’ve pinched from one of our wonderful clients) that are out of your price range is a waste of your time and emotionally draining. Get an indication of what your home is likely to sell for from local estate agents and advice on lenders requirements and deposit levels needed are the best places to start.
Step 3 – Limit your property search fix
Once you decide you want to move the temptation is to be a property portal junkie. Checking in on the sites 3,4 times a day just to see if there is anything new. Save time by setting up alerts for new properties that meet your search criteria and make contact with local estate agents telling them what you’re looking for so that you can be the 1st to learn about new homes that are coming up for sale.
Step 4- View properties at the right time
Viewing properties is a time consuming business, that’s why it’s best to book viewings once you’ve got your own property up for sale. Its also a good idea to drive past the property that takes your eye before booking a viewing, avoiding any surprises on the day. If it’s not practical to do this let technology help you, check out the street on google maps. Doing your research before jumping in and viewing can save you a lot of time.
Step 5 – Resist rushing in
If you find a property that you like, but you’ve not yet got a buyer for yours, resist the temptation of making an offer. The best approach is to let the estate agent know you are very interested in the property but don’t feel you can make a serious offer until you have a buyer for yours. Ask them to keep you updated on an changes or offer made on the property it a good way to stop yourself checking daily on the portals as to whether its been sold yet. Taking this approach means you don’t waste time making an offer that you aren’t in a position to fulfil.
Take the strain out of finding your dream home and let us know what you’re searching for and we’ll keep you regularly updated on what’s new on to the market.