Property Search Criteria Guide

There are many online tools to help you find the right property, Rightmove and Zoopla are amongst the most popular. as they give a good overview of almost all properties for sale in your area.

However there is nothing better than going into the local estate agents and speaking with them. Get on their mailing list and give them your criteria, and they will let you know when new properties come onto the market, sometimes before they have hit the web.

Also an agent may be able to guide you in your property search, highlight areas that you have not considered and discuss with you the pro’s and con’s of your criteria.

Dont just stick with one though, there are many agents out there so spend a day going to see them all.

Ensure you take something with you to make notes that are relevant to you, that the Vendor/Estate agent may not have considered important, but to you is a maker or a breaker.

Ask permission first but where possible take some additional pictures, as the property listing does not always include bathrooms, smaller rooms, garages, unless they are a positive asset to the sale of the property.

Ask questions. It is one of, if not the biggest purchase you will ever make, and you only really get to see it at least once or twice before you buy, so make sure you ask pertinent questions.

  • What council tax band is it in?
  • Do you have any issues with noise?
  • Why are you selling?
  • Does that homeless person always sleep in your porch?

Above all have fun, it should be an enjoyable process.