Green Flags to Look Out for When Buying a Family Home
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Choosing a new family home can be time-consuming and stressful and, in some cases, people simply don’t know what they should be looking out for when viewing a property. While you’ve probably seen countless articles about the red flags that you need to know about, today we’re going to be talking about the green flags instead.
So before you put in an offer and get talking to a conveyancing solicitor, have a look at the items and features we’ve listed below so you’re well aware of what makes a property a great investment.
It doesn’t matter how spacious or luxurious a property is, if it’s in a dodgy area or is in the middle of nowhere, it’s unlikely to be a good investment. If, however, the property that you’re viewing is in an up-and-coming neighbourhood, has great transport links and lots of nearby amenities such as shops, schools and restaurants, this is a very significant green flag.
If you have a large family, getting everybody ready for work and school in the morning can be a challenge. For this reason, if a property has more than one bathroom, this is most definitely a bonus and should be considered one of the top green flags when buying a family home.
You’ll also want to inspect the bathroom features including the toilet, shower and sink to see what kind of condition they are in as cracks and chips can be costly to repair. If, however, the bathroom features appear to be new or in pristine condition, this could save you a bundle when you move your family into the property.
Whether used for guests or for allowing children to have their own room as they get older, extra bedrooms – even tiny ones – are a real plus when looking at family homes. This is particularly a green flag if the property has more bedrooms than you were searching for – but is still within your budget.
When viewing a potential new home, it’s important to pay close attention to the kitchen, including features and appliances. Installing a new kitchen and buying new appliances is one of the costliest projects when owning a home. If the property you’re viewing has a fairly new kitchen, is in good condition and has modern and attractive appliances, this is a big win in terms of saving you time, money and hassle.
As we’ve seen in 2022, energy, including heating, can reach astronomical prices and can be an expense that we can little afford. It’s a major plus if the house you’re viewing has solar panels installed as, not only will this save you money on bills but, also on having them installed yourself which can work out pretty expensive.