We all daydream about finding the perfect property, whether it’s a countryside house with a huge garden, or the ultimate urban pad in the heart of a thriving city.
But how can you find your dream property and, more importantly, secure it? Location, Location, Location presenters Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer have been offering their advice in the Daily Mail.
One thing you should be prepared for, however, is the need to carry out some work on your home to ensure it meets your needs. That’s no bad thing though, as it will give you the chance to personalise it for you and your family.
Among Kirstie’s top pieces of advice is to be realistic about what you’re looking for and where. She recommends checking that the kind of property you’re after is available in your chosen location before you start house hunting.
For those of you who are looking for a property that you can convert or that needs a lot of work, auctions are one of the best places to try. “If you’re determined, you’re most likely to find what you’re looking for at auction,” she stated.
However, you need to ensure you’re ready to go with a purchase if you attend an auction as you’ll need to pay the deposit on the day, and have your solicitor in place. Don’t forget to have a survey carried out prior to the auction too.
Another of Kirstie’s top tips is to make friends with a builder who can give you a rough estimate on what work might need doing in a property you’re looking at. Just remember that if you’re keen on bespoke joinery in Kent, it will cost more than a standard job, but be of the highest quality and tailored to your needs.
If you’re investing in a period property, it pays to do your research about what you should and shouldn’t change about it. For instance, replacing original windows with UPVC framed glazing is a big no-no.