5 alternative considerations prior to property purchase

News at Howes Estates | 07/12/2015

‘Location, location, location', as we all know, is characteristically a focal point for all home buyers, whether that be for first timers or those already on the ladder. To be situated in favoured residential areas, have preferred access to amenities and in some cases, transport links is vital. Additionally, those who have a family will be looking to acquire their property in a catchment area for a school with a good reputation locally.


Depending on the conditions of the lifestyle and needs you are looking to lead, the three L’s could mean having a healthy degree of room for off-street parking, but on the other hand it could be having luscious rolling green fields on the perimeter of your garden.


There’s simply no getting away from the fact that in today’s modern society the internet has become an essential aid to scoping out potential homes. Rewind just one generation and you would have had to physically attend a long list of potential places you looked the look of to determine whether they were the ‘one for you’. But now it’s all at the click of a button, on laptops, tablets and mobiles you can take advantage of Google Maps, in particular the street view tool, which provides a wonderful way to explore and divulge a lot about an area in no time at all.


So now you’ve reached the point where you’ve narrowed down the list of potential properties, but what about the alternative considerations you need to take into account before making a major life commitment? We’ve listed 5 of these considerations for you to think about below:


1.      Environmental issues

This is something that will be highlighted in an environmental and surveyor report – however, by this time you’ll be a way down the process of purchasing a property.  It’s worth paying a visit to the Environment Agency’s interactive maps so that you can get yourself an idea of whether there’s any potential for flooding or pollution problems in the area surrounding the property.


2.      Mobile internet

Studies have recently shown that the use our phones for browsing the web is overtaking the use of larger devices for commerce, so checking the mobile internet signal will be a big point to bear in mind if you are a prevalent mobile user.


3.      Broadband coverage

It’s likely that you are now a minority if you don’t use a laptop or similar device at home in 2015. And if you are working from home, using a device to access data, or if the children want to play online computer games, you’ll want to ensure you’re out of a ‘not-spot’. The last thing you want is to be living in an area where there is no home broadband infrastructure available to you. With this in mind, there are ways of checking online beforehand, in order to give you an idea of whether there could be any issues regarding this.


4.      Broadband speeds

Take into account that even if you are living in a broadband-enabled area, the speeds at which the broadband runs will differ between various addresses, even in the same street! This can be pinpointed to who your individual provider is, among other factors, so it’s worth doing some research on who gives the best speeds in the area.


5.      Mobile signal

Arguably the biggest factor, and even one that might not be considered as ‘alternative’ nowadays, it’s very abundant that we rely on our mobiles for a whole range of things. It might be worth checking whether you are in for a patchy ride in terms of coverage if you move here. Head over to Ofcom where you can find a handy page which links to postcode checkers for all the major networks. It is worth noting that with any advice you obtain online, you should remember that they only serve as a guide and you will need to discover how the coverage is with your network provider when you view the property.



No matter if you are looking for property for sale in Crediton, or any other locations in mid-Devon, these are five essentials factors you should be prepared to look into before you commit to a mortgage on a specific property.

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