Property Editorial published in the October 2016 edition of The Billboard:
Gather information about the neighbourhood in which you intend to buy your home, because you don’t want to find out about negative aspects of an area only after you’ve bought.
- Find out how far the neighbourhood is from shopping areas, schools (and their general reputation), hospitals, churches, mosques, and the centre of town. Examine the accessibility of the neighbourhood and find out whether or not public transport is available.
- If you need to work close to home, find out whether or not there is employment in the area.
- What is the general appearance of the neighbourhood, is it clean, how old are the buildings and are they well maintained? Are the streets, storm drains and pavements in an excellent state of repair?
- Obtain information about the kind of people living in the neighbourhood, what the crime rate is like, whether there is an abnormal turnover of people in the neighbourhood.
- Are there parks in the area, and other communal facilities such as a public swimming pool (if not in a seaside town), public tennis courts and other sporting facilities?
- Are there major developments such as shopping centres, service stations, office blocks and other developments which may affect the value of your property negatively or positively?
- Find out about the environmental issues in the neighbourhood, such as drainage or flooding problems, or other public nuisances like pollution or a high level of noise.
- Lastly check the neighbours on either side of the property you what to buy… just in case.
Text supplied by the Estate Agency Affairs Board