Advice for property and land buyers
Guidelines for buying a property
The excitement is mounting, you have found the property you’ve been searching for, before you make an offer, make sure that you give attention to the below five areas:
- Visit the property at least twice before making a decision and take along a viewing checklist.
- Check the amenities that the property has (ie: Gas, Electricity & Water)
- Talk to prospective neighbours about the area.
- If unsure, or if the property is abroad, take photos or draw rough sketches to take home with you.
- Once you’re sure this is the property for you, make an offer.
After offer it is advisable to keep track of the buying process. To assist you at this stage DaltonsProperty.com have devised a buying a property tracker for you to print off and keep.
Guidelines on buying a plot of land for sale for self build
In the event that you can’t find a property for sale in the UK or abroad that suits your taste and circumstance on DaltonsProperty.com then you may want to consider the option of a self build house and search for a plot of land for sale.
Before you find a plot of land for sale you must be clear about the development paths you wish to take. You may want to consider the four questions below that cover property style, location and aesthetics.
- Do you have a clear idea of the style of the house you would like to self build?
- Do you wish your self build house to have certain features?
- Is the location of your house more important to you than its design?
- How much time do you anticipate spending in your self build house? ie: is it a holiday home or permanent residence?
The answers to these questions will inform where to logically start looking for a plot of land for sale on which you can build. For instance, if you wish for your self build house to have unique features you will probably avoid finding a plot of land for sale in an area with great architectural heritage, as it is highly unlikely that you will ever get planning permission. In this type of area you need to suppress your unique designs and concentrate of making your self build house fit in with surrounding architecture, land and climate. When finding land consideration should also be given to any property, supermarkets, businesses that are currently or soon to be built. This research will determine whether other people are keen to develop in the same area of your plot of land.
The key is to never assume it will be OK and research to find out how other people’s planning applications have faired in the past. Looking at plots of land for sale can be quite a boring task, make sure you are armed with a list of the special requirements for your property, such as stables, home office, studio etc, so you can visualise the full picture when looking at underdeveloped land. Remember that if you pursue the analogy that a plot is an empty canvas upon which your creative genius can shine, then a plot that is near a lake, on a steep slope, or one where contamination may have occurred (NB: even farm land can be contaminated by silage or machine oil), is a canvas that is still waiting to be stretched and pinned and ultimately it will cost more to develop.
If you are already living in the area in which you wish to build, please remember to keep a check on DaltonsProperty.com for any land that may arise in your area.
If your choice of potential location is further afield you will have to be even more methodical with your search criteria. If you need to rent a property abroad while you search for suitable land in which to build then please do visit our partner site DaltonsHolidays.com that advertises thousands of holidays rentals in the UK and abroad.
For more information on buying a self-build house and buying a plot of land UK and abroad please visit our links page
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