Buying a home online isn’t as easy as returning a new dress or shoes that you can’t walk in. It’s unlikely that there will be a free returns policy or an excuse to try it out for two days before you make a decision on whether it’s the right buy for you. Finding a new home for sale online is a task that can be done at the click of a button, literally, but it’s important to consider all your options before you dare to purchase a home that could become a significantly long term investment.
Searching for a house and arranging viewings can take up hours of your time that could be better spent decorating your new home that you managed to find on the internet in minutes! It really is that simple.
But if the thought of online house hunting makes you feel a little apprehensive, here are some essential tips to help you through the process:
Stick to what you know
This may sound pretty self-explanatory, but if you aren’t used to house hunting online you may want to try reputable property sites such as Rightmove and FindaProperty first. Even if you struggle to trawl through the masses of homes available, these sites will give you a head start and a good indication of what asking price you should expect for the type of space you require. Adzuna is also a really good site as it singles out the best properties for you and will refine your search.
Always on the go?
Mobile apps not only help to do your food shopping, online banking whilst helping to organise your life for you. You can now find travel apps such as Citymapper (London specific) that will help you to find the nearest transport links to any potential homes you see online, ensuring that you become familiar with your new area too.
And if you know what kind of home you want…
Make sure you set up regular email alerts so you can monitor the property market to ensure that you don’t miss out on buying your dream home online.