Our experience of buying

our first property

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Independent Building Surveyors

1stAssociated.co.uk can provide help and advice with regard to moving house, residential building surveys, structural surveys, independent valuations, estate agents, mortgages, structural reports, thermal efficiency, home buyers reports or any other property matters.

We, of course, like to meet you at the property during the survey and we are more than happy to talk to you about the reports. Please free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat with one of our surveyors.

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Why we decided to leave our last property

Basically the answer to this is quite simple. We wanted to get onto the property ladder!

Previous to this we had been renting and thought the time was right to make a bigger commitment.

What type of property were we looking for?

As a young couple at the time with no children but with thoughts of a family in the foreseeable future we decided we wanted a village location in a good school catchment area.

The type and size of property was really decided by our budget.

A new build!

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New property

The village where we eventually made our home had a development of new builds and as we were both in full time employment with little ‘DIY time' we decided a new build was perfect for us.

After visiting the show home we looked at the plots of land available and after choosing our plot we paid the holding deposit.

Over the next few weeks we made various trips back to the showroom to choose kitchens, tiles etc.

The coming weeks and months were spent excitedly visiting the site and watching our house being built!

Articles that may be of interest

The following articles may be of interest to you, but don't forget that we have written articles on many different areas of property:

Why have one of our surveys?
Why you have never seen any building surveys or structural surveys like ours
Location, location, location
Estate agents recommend not having a survey
Homebuyers Report or Structural Survey?
What does a surveyor do on a structural survey?

Having a Building Survey carried out

We would definitely recommend having a building survey carried out by an independent surveyor, i.e. one that is not affiliated to any estate agent or mortgage company, and who can give you unbiased feedback and advice. You may think it's not worth having one carried out and just have the basic mortgage survey but it could literally save you thousands of pounds if they find a major fault with the property.

Did the sale go through with no hitches?

As there was no chain in our house buying process the sale went through without any problems.

The hardest thing was choosing the décor!

Did our new property meet our expectations?

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Rear of new house

We have lived in the property now since 1999 and are very happy here. We love the village location, the boys are very happy in the village schools and we have some fantastic neighbours and good friends in the village.

There are definitely many plus points to our move such as:

1. Owning our own property

2. Great village location

3. Good schools

4. Cul-de-sac location

5. Great neighbours

6. The potential to be able to extend when we can afford to.

One of the things we didn't really think through was the car parking situation as we have a drive big enough for two cars but as it is a shared drive we can only ever have one car on it or we would block our neighbours access.

Also the only access to the garden is either through the garage or from the patio doors in the dining area, which can sometimes be a pain. I would love a back gate and a bit more room now we have the two boys but overall it's great!

Independent Surveyors

If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a surveyor with regard to valuations, mortgages, mortgage companies, surveys, estate agents, building surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects report, structural surveys, home buyers reports or any other property matters please contact 0800 298 5424 for a surveyor to give you a call back.

Commercial Property

If you are looking for commercial property, whether it is freehold or leasehold, we would recommend a survey as this will prevent dilapidations claims in the long run. You may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at www.DilapsHelp.com and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site www.DisputesHelp.com , both of which we have been advised are very helpful!

We hope you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you feel should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not hesitate to contact us (we are only human).

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