Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018

What to look for when buying a new home

When it comes to buying a home, most of us set out with a good idea of our top priorities – and the things we simply won’t negotiate on. Even so, the hunt for a property can be overwhelming. Read these tips from our Harrogate estate agency team on finding your perfect home and narrowing down the search.

Shortlist your location

It’s fair to say, the beautiful spa town of Harrogate and the surrounding

Area, with the Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep, is a fabulous location. If you’re looking in our region then you have already put a big tick in the box and it’s time to think about which part of the district will suit you best. Do you need easy access to good transport links for work? Do you need amenities close by? Are schools a big factor?

In Harrogate, you can access regular connections between Leeds and York to mainline services including London Kings Cross, Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle.

And if it’s town centre living you’re after, then prepared to be spoilt for choice. Harrogate boasts a wide range of independent shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes, not to mention all the familiar high street names. For more information read our article on the best things about town centre living in harrogate

When it comes to education, the town has a very high percentage of top performing schools making it a desirable location for potential house buyers.

‘Must haves’

Narrow down your ‘Must haves’. When doing this, it’s helpful to consider the following questions: How many bedrooms do you need? How long a commute would you be prepared to undertake? Are you looking for a traditional home with period features or are you in the market for something more modern? How much storage space do you require? Is the outside space important?


Before you seriously start looking for your next home, make sure your sums add up. Look at your expenditure per month on a mortgage, bills and don’t forget to consider other costs including stamp duty and removals before embarking on your search.


When you find a property that ticks all the boxes, make sure you arrange for an independent survey to check the property is structurally sound and there are no underlying issues such as damp. Here at FSS, our RICS qualified surveyors can advise on the best type of survey for your property and carry it out, giving you peace of mind that you know exactly what you’re taking on.

Don’t impulse buy

Remember, as well as being somewhere to live, your house is a big part of your financial net worth and is usually a family’s largest asset. It’s a major investment so take your time, do your homework and don’t impulse buy. If in doubt talk to our property experts. We’ve been part of the Harrogate property scene for nearly 25 years and our team has extensive knowledge of the local market and area. 

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