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Kadeya Villas for Sale

Kadeya Villas for Sale

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One in three people spend about 30 minutes choosing their new home, less time than it takes to watch an episode of their favourite soap opera, according to new research from Ocean Finance.

Fewer than half bother with a second visit to check the property, despite spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on it.

Yet many will regret making a rash decision if serious problems emerge later, such as subsidence, damp, parking problems or noisy neighbours.

So if you’re property hunting in the coming weeks, don’t be hasty, do your research and ask the right questions.

Most people begin online, which allows you to check out some basics before viewing, says Michael Stoop, managing director of estate agency network Xperience. Property portals such as Rightmove and PrimeLocation include Google Street View for each property, allowing you to get an idea of the neighbourhood before you visit.

“You can also check access to local transport and amenities such as restaurants, shops, cinemas, gyms and so on,” says Stoop.

Confirm essential information, such as whether the property is freehold or leasehold, how long the lease lasts and if there are any service charges.

Before you even enter the house, size up the surroundings, says Nicholas Ayre of home buying agency Homefusion. “Does the property have kerb appeal? Are there wheelie bins everywhere? Is the outside done to a high standard and in a good state of repair? Is the roof in good condition? Do the neighbours look after their homes?”

Once inside, look for signs of serious underlying problems, Ayre says. “If you smell air freshener, be on alert. They could be using it to mask a nasty odour, possibly damp. Is the ceiling water-stained? Are there cracks or evidence of subsidence?”

Similarly, excessive amounts of black mould on paint, plaster and window frames could indicate damp caused by condensation. A tide mark on a wall suggests rising damp.

This could come back to haunt you when you finally sell on the property, as your buyer may ask you to produce relevant permissions and proof.”

Don’t be shy: open cupboards and look in drawers to check there are no surprises and work out where you will put your stuff after you have moved in, Ayre says.

The best way to discover any potential problems is to question the owner or estate agent, says Richard Sexton, director of E.Surv chartered surveyors.

“Ask about the running costs. Find out if there have been any major repairs or improvements in the past five years, as that could highlight potential problems.

“Ask why the vendor is selling, because that could also reveal any of the property’s shortcomings.”

Take a friend or family member along to the viewing. “A second set of eyes may see things you don’t,” Sexton advises.

If you have children, make sure the home is in the catchment area of your chosen school. Find out how much you will pay in council tax.

And don’t forget the F-word: flood. More than 5 million homes are now at risk of flooding, so find out whether your chosen property is in danger by visiting the Environment Agency website, Sexton says.

“The site doesn’t show flooding caused by excessive rain or surface water run-off.