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When looking for a property what are the main features you look for in terms of making your decision?

Asked on Sep 13 2013, General in Sunderland | Report content

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  • Hey Peter We answered your question on our blog but I will give you the transcripition for the video we prepared! Hello my names Jonathan Rolande from House Buy Fast and I’ve got a question here from peter_heron. When looking for a property what are the main features you look for in terms of making a decision. That’s a really good question but a really complicated one actually because it really depends on you, what’s important to you. That could be anything from being close to a good local school or railway if you work out of the area or you may be no good at DIY like me and need something that’s completely finished and ready to move into. All of these things are really important, if you’re looking for a house I would tend to look at the aspect of the garden that’s quite important, so ideally if you can have a south or west garden. Also in this country when you are not in the garden you’re going to be in the house you’re going to need heating, I personally tend to prefer gas central heating it’s a bit more controllable than electric heating, so those would be the things important to me. I think have a look at lots of properties and do your research on and really get a feel for what you are looking for and perhaps make a list of priorities. What’s the most important thing to you? Probably not every house is going to tick every box but you’ll be able to build up bit of a picture of which might be best, so I hope that helps a little bit and if you have any other queries just let me know.

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    Answered on Oct 11 2013, Report content
  • Assuming I start from the daily alerts email from Zoopla et al. 1. Thumbnail image: general impression of exterior. That's enough to eliminate 90% of properties, no Barratt hutches, no ex-LA. I am looking for a house not a flat so if the pic is not of the exterior something is probably wrong. 2. Where is it? 3. General description; don't waste my patience with waffle such as "xxxx are please to offer this...." and words in all-caps are too shouty. If it passes the above test I click through. The following, not always in the same order. a. Location map i. zoom out to find out where it is if I don't know the area ii. switch to satellite view: rural?, industrial? etc iii. zoom in and try to identify property (may need to compare with property photos and streetview) b. Streetview. what sort of place, virtual walk around area. c. Floor plan. if there is no floorplan that is a mark-down. Floorplans that are too small to see or don't include dimensions are an irritation d. Photos of property e. rarely pay much attention to description unless hunting for dimensions missing from floor plan, or there is a significant note.

    Answered on Apr 2 2014, Report content
  • Location is kind of the first thing, then will be the sizes of the rooms and for me the kitchen size and if there is a window as i hate to have a lot of steam when cooking! i cant stand dark places and will be interested in a place where there is some potential to make it better if the price is good and it will re-sell easier

    Answered on May 9 2014, Report content
  • To add to those given I always like to know where the property sits in relation to north, south, east or west. Ideally on the floor plan.

    Answered on Feb 17 2016, Report content

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