Avoid these two mistakes & secure your dream home

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Moving home is one of the biggest and most exciting decisions you are going to make, and objectively, one of the most important. That’s why it’s key not to get swept up in the excitement, and make sure you know what to be aware of, including what to avoid. 

When starting your property search it’s important to remain objective, and not take everything at face value - never judge a book by its cover!

From underlying issues, to aspects that you probably would have never thought of, this quick guide provides you with the low down. Here, you can find out what you should be prepared for when starting your search.

Be sure to think about how certain elements might affect your future wellbeing, security and finances. By getting to know the do’s and don'ts of home searching, you could be well on your way to finding that perfect home for right now, and into the future.

There are 2 key mistakes to avoid making when searching for your dream home:

  1. Not thinking long term
  2. Forgetting to do your research

So, follow our tips in this quick article and you could avoid making costly mistakes that will mean your dream move becomes a disaster!

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Tip One: Look towards the future 

Will your new home protect your happiness and wellbeing?

When settling into your forever home, you want to be confident in the fact that it will always provide happiness, security, and that you won’t experience any adverse effects to your health. So, think long term and about your future wellbeing.

Be sure to avoid properties where chemicals are present that could impact your health, businesses that operate anti-social hours such as pubs, and safety risks like busy roads. Avoiding elements such as these could enable you to find the perfect property for your retirement. 

It’s also important to factor in any pets you might be bringing to the property with you, or visiting family members, such as grandchildren. Knowing that any of your dependents are guaranteed as much safety as you could hope to expect when they visit, will help you to enjoy your new home. It also ensures that your wellbeing, and the opportunity to spend time with loved ones is never hindered!

These are just some of the recommended components that you should be looking into, to ensure that you’re able to relax into your perfect home without any hiccups to your health and happiness. 

For an in-depth look at how you can relax into your perfect home, trouble-free, you can download the complete guide - jam packed with tricks of the trade! 

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Tip Two: Do your research

Have you explored all the details?

Looking into all those finer details, could help you identify some problems, that might not have been so obvious within the first instance. This could be to do with anything from the property being close to commercial properties to leased solar panels.

It’s also in your best interests to identify any underlying or ongoing issues that could incur you costs later on down the line, as well as your day to day running costs.

Unexpected costs or large fees can really take a toll, especially if you’re looking to find a home to enjoy during your retirement years.

For example, issues that come about from unadopted roads and leased solar panels, could mean that you end up footing the bill. Always remember to ask the right questions, ensuring that they don’t come as a nasty shock, having an effect over your future financial security and overall happiness with your choice of home.

Other aspects to look out for is anything that might be considered “out of the ordinary” - your solicitor will be able to point some of these possible issues out to you in due course. This could include anything that might be likely to incur you costs further down the line. Being aware of these different aspects, could help avoid any issues during the buying process.

Being surprised by these after settling into your chosen home, can have an effect upon your security, finances, health and happiness. If it’s the home you want to live out your retirement in, avoiding these nasty shocks right from the very beginning, is the ideal start. 

For a detailed look into the kind of things that could hinder you move, including that pesky Japanese Knotweed, check out the detailed list, and make sure you’re prepared!

It’s important to understand what should be on your radar. This guide will certainly help you mitigate any issues, before they even happen, letting you settle into the perfect home for your retirement, worry free!  

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Remember, your motivations for moving and wishes for the future will be unique to you. Choosing a new home is one of the biggest decisions you'll make in life, so be sure to do thorough research and decide what you're happy to live with and pay for going forwards.

From those underlying issues to aspects you may have never even considered, you’re now equipped with a handy guide that could help you avoid those property searching pitfalls.


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If you’re over 60, did you know? You could be making a significant saving from the price of your next home with a boost to your budget; you could be saving up to 59% in fact! 

Whilst this guide provides a number of details to look out for when shopping around for that perfect home, here at Homewise, it’s something we always stick to. We do this to protect your interests, and to ensure that your home can be as peaceful and stress free as possible.

For some guidance on the property attributes you should be avoiding, download the full list. Don’t waste time viewing unsuitable properties, let us help you find your ideal home quicker!


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If you have any questions about the Home for Life Plan, and how much you could save, why not get in contact with our team today? They’re also on hand to answer any queries you have about our property criteria.

Give us a call on 0800 043 4488

In the meantime, if you’re thinking about moving, or even already on the market, why not find out how much you could save from the price of your next home? Our no fuss online Budget Booster is quick and easy, providing you with an instant estimate in just the click of a button!



By Jessie

On 4th of September 2020

In Property and Moving Home