We understand, starting the search for a new property can be a daunting task. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, or a seasoned veteran, the ever-changing market, trends and procedures can often bamboozle even the most experienced of buyer. That’s why we’ve put together our team’s top tips for the property buying/moving process.
Let’s start at the very beginning..
1 – Decide if buying a property is right for you.
86% of people in Britain want to own their own home, but for many renting makes more sense – particularly at certain points in our lives. Before you embark on homeownership, you have to decide which is the right option for you; buying or renting. It’s good to ask yourself a few questions such as; Are you planning to stay put for a reasonable amount of time? Do you expect your life circumstances to change within the next few years? Are you happy to cover your own costs of maintenance and repairs to your property? Weighing up the pros and cons of both will give you an informed and sensible decision. Also, don’t think that because you’re renting you won’t be able to make your home your own however. We completed a project showing you can personalise your rented property.
2 – START YOUR SEARCH AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE
Buying a property can be one of the biggest commitments of your life, so we suggest to choose wisely! As soon as you can, start to read websites, taking notes of particular homes that you are interested in, and styles you like. Note any changes in asking prices. This will give you a sense of the housing trends in specific areas you’re looking at. Try to find the one or two criteria that mean the most to you and focus on them. Is it location? Property style/age? Size? Now is the time to be picky.
3 – PINTEREST IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
You can never have enough inspiration in our opinion! The most important part of your home is the interior; because after all, this is where you’ll be spending most of your time. Finding an aesthetic or architectural style will be a key element of the choosing process. Don’t pin yourself into one box, either. Sometimes you don’t realise you’ve got a particular aesthetic until you see 40 different pins you’ve liked all in one lot – look for the similar threads between photos you’ve pinned – do you keep pinning light wooden floors? Or slatted walls? Once you connect the dots, you can start to put together your own original take! Organising these into sub-categories is a great way to organise your inspiration into a digestible format too. We suggest making a few different board for different rooms. Find our Pinterest here, and start your inspiration journey off!
4 – PRE-PLAN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
While scrolling endless pages and making your boards for every room in the house down to the utility room, you will see items, colours and furnishings that you’ve fallen in love with. Getting furnishing purchases out of the way first means you are walking into your brand new home with all the right furniture. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? By spreading your furniture costs out more, further purchases down the line will be much easier to manage. Want some real-life inspiration? Book a space to tour our showrooms.
5 – it plays to be nice
When viewing the house you are considering buying, do not criticise anything about it to the seller. If anything, do the opposite! Estate agents report that it’s not unheard of for sellers to reject the highest offers on their property in favour of lower offerings from someone with whom they felt a better connection. Remember, you are a guest in their home.
We Love to Help
Nothing beats having a face-to-face opinion you can trust. Someone who understands your needs and can guide you to the right choice. With BoConcept’s free interior design service, you can receive help from experienced designers with any design issue in your home. Book your appointment today.