Advice to Buyers
Advice when looking to buy or rent
- If you’re looking for a new home but haven’t had much luck, it can sometimes help to reduce the size of the area in which you’re searching, rather than simply broaden it. For one, it’s difficult to compare ‘like for like’ properties in areas that differ greatly on price. And secondly, searching too wide a catchment area usually proves time-consuming and ineffective. In both cases refining your search can quickly yield better results.
- Weigh up what you need and what you want most from your next home. Bear in mind that most buyers end up inevitably making compromises, whatever their budget.
Set yourself a timescale within which you hope to have moved; whilst this may be entirely flexible, it’s useful to have a goal in mind.
- Respond quickly to new instructions as the best properties attract interest from day one. If it sounds good over the phone then take time out to view that day; if you’re one of the first people round you’ll stand a much better chance of securing your dream home.
- Look beyond the superficial. If you’re willing to spend time and money you can transform a property beyond recognition, playing on its best features and distracting attention away from its worst.
- With space at a constant premium, a smaller house might become an affordable alternative if you’re prepared to add an extension or loft conversion.
- Naturally our staff at Matthew Swing can provide you with excellent contacts for mortgages, conveyancing, surveying, storage and removals.
- When it comes to buying, until contracts are exchanged there are no guarantees. The situation is the same for your vendor too. For that reason we recommend you try to reach an exchange of contracts as soon as possible, to avoid a lengthy and frustrating process. To avoid matters being unnecessarily drawn out, we keep in regular contact with our customers, clients and their respective advisors in order to eliminate delays.