So, you’re looking to buy a home… Right off the bat, let us congratulate you on making the decision. It’s an exciting time in your life, whether it’s your first property or you’re downsizing, upsizing or relocating. As the Sutton area’s leading estate agent, we’re here to help you browse houses for sale and find the ideal property that meets your requirements. In this blog post, we’ve looked to do just that by noting down a few of the most important things house hunters should be looking out for.
If you’d like to speak in detail with a friendly and qualified estate agent, with a great knowledge of Sutton and its property market, pick up the phone and call 0208 644 5000. We’re always happy to help whether you’ve seen houses for sale in the area and would like to view them, or you’re merely dipping a toe in the water and testing the market.
A Great Location – The “location, location, location” cliché is popular for a reason. If a home is utterly stunning but situated a long distance from your place of work, essential amenities or public transport routes, it may be highly inconvenient living there. Have children? Then you’ll want to ensure that you live within the catchment area of a decent school, and not too far door-to-door so the school run isn’t a massive hassle. Think about every aspect of your life and whether or not living in a certain area will work out long-term.
Also be sure to do some research and ask a Webbs estate agent about the neighbourhood. While Sutton itself is a lovely place to live, as with any town, there are some areas which are more quiet and idyllic than others (if this is what you’re looking for). On top of this, houses for sale in popular areas will likely appreciate at a faster rate than those in less sought after locales, so your purchase becomes a smarter long-term investment if the location and market conditions are just right.
Situational Factors – Take some time to consider the individual character of houses for sale, and the situational factors that might come into play. For example, a home may have a wonderful view that will be a joy to wake up to everyday. Or if it has a lot of stairs to climb and you’re living with someone who is somewhat movement impaired, or someone who simply dislikes them – then maybe it isn’t appropriate.
Other factors Sutton house hunters should consider include back garden space (is it suitable for pets, children or an eager horticulturalist etc), whether it has ample storage space and whether it has an acceptable level of privacy (beware open windows that look over neighbours’ homes). Obviously, an estate agent like a member of the Webbs team can help you identify these factors as you view houses for sale, and to assess where there could be difficulties.
Kerb Appeal – At the end of the day, your home says a lot about who you are as a person. This is why so often an estate agent will ask about what styles of properties you like, e.g Victorian, Tudor or a modern new build. Similarly, a property’s features and upkeep make valuable first impressions, and as such can really affect the value of a property. This is called kerb appeal. While it’s unlikely you’ll be driving around Sutton viewing houses for sale that you dislike aesthetically, kerb appeal should still be on your mind.
For example, if there are features you could see being improved, ask yourself: “am I willing to invest the time, money and effort to develop this property?” Another thing you should be considering is how easy it will be to keep the property in good shape. An old property with a roof that’s seen better days may cost more in maintenance/repair fees over time than a new build would.
Size Matters – Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! If a property feels a “bit pokey” during the viewing, think of how it’ll feel when you get all your stuff in there and are going about your day to day life. While there’s a school of estate agent which pushes the hard sale, Webbs doesn’t subscribe to this approach. We’ll help you figure out if houses for sale around Sutton are going to be too small for you and your family, or if you stand to be overpaying for a large property you might not even use all of.
But these are just a handful of things you should be looking for, you also need to consider things like electrical infrastructure, water supply, insulation and central heating, kitchen facilities etc. That’s why it’s so important to find a trustworthy and knowledgeable estate agent who’ll be able to help you find the perfect property amongst all the houses for sale around Sutton.
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