Find the home of your dreams in Plymouth!

Find the home of your dreams in Plymouth!

We all dream of our perfect home, but to actually live your dream is a whole different idea. The big question is: What should you bear in mind when choosing your new home?

Moving homes is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your entire life. It can also be one of the most complicated and anxiety-inducing phases you’ll ever go through; so doing all you can to ensure it will be a smooth process, is paramount. When it comes to finding your perfect home, making the correct decision is vital, so here is our guide to helping you make the right choice.

First impressions count

Many of us are already aware that instinct plays a big part in things like moving, and first impressions are powerful. When you view a property and it feels like it’s yours even before you place an offer, when you feel genuinely excited to talk about it with friends and family, when you feel ready to stop looking at other homes, and when every thought in your mind tells you to buy the home – these are signs of a great first impression and ‘the one’ moment. All of this is important, but be careful not to let your feelings override more practical and, perhaps, even more important factors.

Can you afford it?

Likely to be one of the first serious questions you’ll ask yourself is whether you can afford the property or not. This may seem like a given, and that you wouldn’t bother viewing a property if you already knew you couldn’t afford it. However, there are a wide range of costs involved in buying and moving homes other than the property value itself. Stamp duty (if it applies), valuation fees, surveyors’ fees, legal fees, removal costs, and of course the deposit, can be significant when added to the mortgage costs themselves. Also important to note is the cost of ongoing maintenance and repair costs, insurance, council tax, and other every day running costs.

Location, location, location

Plymouth is a stunning area to live. This is Devon’s ‘Ocean City’ and it’s a worthy title. From the Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower to the Royal Navy’s HMS Albion, Plymouth has sea-faring in its DNA. With nearly ten miles of urban waterfront – a line of marinas, docklands and seaside promenades, stretching from the mouth of the River Plym to the Tamar Estuary – it’s a haven for all things ship-shaped, from yachts and fishing boats to frigates and cross-channel ferries. Plymouth Sound is one of the world’s finest natural harbours.

Aside from its vibrant arts scene, busy university, and the lively Barbican harbour (a surviving corner of Elizabethan Plymouth), the city’s geography is truly spectacular – it’s on the doorstep of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley within waving distance of Cornwall. The Hoe, with its mesmerising views across Plymouth Sound, is just a short walk from the city centre.

A string of regeneration schemes is reinventing run-down corners of Plymouth: the once-seedy Millbay docks area is now the live-work ‘Coastal Quarter’ (a futuristic waterfront building is planned as the centrepiece of a revamped marina). There are plans for a new boutique hotel in Royal William Yard; and pioneering developer Urban Splash has acquired the council’s redundant Civic Centre, a listed 1960s tower block in the centre. Plymouth really is a case of ‘watch this space’.

Fundamental requirements

Many buyers on the hunt for their ideal home will generally already have in mind how many bedrooms they require – perhaps depending on whether or not they have a family to consider.

But depending on whether the property offers the scope for potential extension work, bigger isn’t always better, especially if you’re already planning on, say, having a conservatory with a particular design or an extra ground floor room added later. It’s worth noting here that you may need to seek planning permission in order to carry out any improvements to the property.

Are you a keen cook? If so, the kitchen could be another important deciding factor, since more worktop space and the desired appliances/appliance space would be a fantastic way of unleashing the Michelin star chef in you!

Gardens and parking

If you have pets, remember to specify your criteria for outside space. Many pets feel most at home roaming around in grass, but some others are happy just to get some fresh air and hear the sounds of nature! Perhaps you’re a keen sunbather, or maybe barbeques are your thing. The right kind of outside space will be really important in catering for such needs, as well as the potential for summerhouses, greenhouses, and vegetable patches. Depending on the number of vehicles you own, you will also need to specify what parking you require. If you only own a motorbike for example, a driveway may well suffice. But if you have a couple of cars, you may need to look into making sure there is a garage with the property.

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