When you start house hunting there are many things you will consider. Such as mortgage arrangements and the best mortgage deal for you and your general finances. With regards to your new home, you will consider the location, amenities in or near the area and how much you get for your money.
Let’s consider a few points for when you start looking for your new home.
The location will be important, whether you want a city location or are you looking for a more rural setting. You need to consider this carefully, as this could also affect the commute to work, access to local amenities, shops, schools etc.
For many people, there are some factors we all generally have to consider, how we get to work. So access to major transport links, railway or bus station, motorway links.
For those with children, an important factor is usually the quality of the local school. There are some great schools in Lincoln and you will probably already taken a look at the school league tables and will have some opinions on which school(s) you would like your children to attend. Check the catchment areas, this will then provide you with the area(s) to consider your new home.
What you are looking for from the local area may differ depending on your lifestyle. Some of the things you may consider are the proximity of local shops, the nearest supermarket and maybe how close you are to bars, restaurants. You may also like to have local parks, open spaces, gym’s etc. We recommend you make a shortlist, what you need and what you would ‘like’. When you find a house you are interested in you can then compare with your ‘wish list’
This is a personal choice and will be dependant on your circumstances and influenced on whether for example, you need family support with the children, help with school runs and childcare. Your friends are important so so it may also be that you would like to be as close to them as possible, or at least just a short distance away.
Value for money. Where you buy your next home will affect how far your money will go and what you get in a home for the money you spend. So you may need to compromise on location to get what you are looking for in your new house
Some of us like to be ‘part of the community’ so may like to see you local area involved in arts, crafts, book fairs, local events at the community hall etc, so take time to look and see what happens in the local area, ask the estate agent to find out for you or look at local websites
First time buyers buying a new home is usually viewed as a long term investment with outhouse value expected to rise over time. To help this you could look to see if the local area has investment plans, new road links, local developments, shops, sports facilities, companies investing in the local area can all have an affect your future house value, so do a little research if this is important to you.