As many of you may know, we moved house last year. We sold our town centre flat and moved out into the country into a bigger property. I think my parents were a little surprised that we bought the house we did (at the time) as we had only seen it once when we put in the offer and it was only the third house we viewed. If I was in their position, I would have been a bit surprised too.
But we saw the house and fell in love with it immediately. It’s not to say we made an emotional decision. I had researched the area quite extensively beforehand and we had seen another house in the same area. I also had come armed with a list of questions that I wanted to ask the current homeowners.
The Law House, who offer their services as Chiswick Conveyancing Solicitors have put together this fantastic infographic about house dates, take a look for yourself. There’s some really handy hints on here about what to do when you are ‘courting a property’, including suggestions like visiting the property on different times of the day and listening out for noisy neighbours.
The story of our house is quite a nice one. We saw our house online a number of weeks before we actually visited it. I had dismissed it as the rooms looks very small. It was one of my close friends (who missed her calling as an excellent estate agent) who said ‘go and see it, you haven’t seen many houses and you never know’. She was absolutely right. The rooms were so much bigger and lighter than the photos made out. It’s a beautiful house and I’m so glad we went to see it. Here we are just over a year after we made the offer, sitting here in our beautiful light and sunny new home, happy with our decision.
Not everyone is as lucky. Apparently one in ten homeowners regret buying their house. The most common reason is rushing into the purchases. I can see how this is a problem, the housing market moves very quickly and often properties are snapped up as soon as they go on the market.
So if you are looking at moving house. Have a good long think about what it is you want and do you due diligence before, during and after your house dates. I’d love to hear your house buying stories. What made you fall in or out of love with your house? By the way if you are wondering, my parents loved our house when they came round to see it.
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