Armchair house hunting can be a good starting point, but it’s no substitute for getting out into the area you are looking at as this will give you a clearer picture of what is available, and at what price.
Independent estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray can help in a buyer’s fact-finding mission when looking to move house.
Managing director Nick Salmon said: “Sales staff in all of our 18 branches have a sound local knowledge of their respective areas. They will be able to provide buyers with information on everything from house prices locally to schools and other amenities in their preferred area.
“However, there is a simple check list that buyers can follow if they want to conduct their own all important market research.”
– Check the property pages of the local newspaper where you are interested in living. This will give you a good guide to asking prices in these areas.
– Take a drive around areas you are considering. Look at the types of properties around; take a note of what facilities are nearby and how close any train or bus routes are, particularly if you commute to work.
– Work out a timeline of when you want to move – taking into account whether you have an existing property to sell, any financial considerations or imminent personal arrangements.
– Then visit an estate agent, preferably one with a strong local board presence and one that is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and Property Ombudsman Scheme, like Harrison Murray.
– Arm yourself with any questions that you cannot answer yourself. Tell the agent your guide price range, but prepare to be flexible as there may be room for negotiation.
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