Top tips for shopping around

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Even if you’re just window shopping, looking at property for sale on s1homes is a lot of fun. There are so many amazing homes to discover.

But if you’re in the serious business of buying, it can be slightly overwhelming when you have to narrow down your choice and try to bag the best buy.

Thankfully, this s1homes guide can give you some key pointers.

Where are we off to?

Closing your eyes and placing a hopeful finger on the computer screen map might throw up some interesting locations, but chances are they may not have everything you desire.

It’s far better to take some time to carefully consider which area would suit your needs best.

Would you prefer somewhere in the inner city that makes it easy to get to work? Or do you want a commuter town with a close-knit community and a choice of schools?

Once you’ve decided where you’d like to be, enjoy a few day trips to the location and take a stroll through the neighbourhoods.

Also suss out the important stuff, such as the availability of public transport, shops, restaurants, a GP surgery and, if you have a family, leisure facilities for youngsters.

What takes your fancy?

Once you’ve decided on a location, ask yourself what you’re really looking for in a property. Are you looking for an easy-access, user-friendly flat or a high-quality, spacious house?

How many rooms do you need? Is a big kitchen, mature garden or off-road parking a priority for you? What’s the top end of your budget?

Making these important decisions early on means you’re not wasting your own time viewing properties that, ultimately, you’ll cross off your list.

That said, remember it’s perfectly okay to change your mind on these things – so don’t be afraid to drop in a wildcard viewing here and there to spice up your search!

What are you up against?

Once you have a house in your crosshairs stop to consider how it matches up against other properties in the area in size and condition. Does it cost a similar amount? What are you really getting for your money?

If there are any doubts at all, don’t be afraid to put in an offer that’s lower than the list price.

Conversely, you might be getting a bargain because the house needs work – just make sure you factor this extra cost into your buying budget.

Finally, never be afraid to walk away and take a look at other properties.

What are you waiting for?

There are certain times of the year that can be more pleasant to view homes, such as in the summer. But the property market is open for business all-year-round so don’t let the autumn or winter weather put you off.

In the quieter months, there is less stress on buyers and sellers so you can take your time with viewings . . . and often bag an unseasonal bargain.

Get your game face on and begin your property hunt with s1homes.

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