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Finding your next Rutland home can sometimes be a scary task. You are possibly making one of the biggest purchases of your life, and you want to ensure you make the right choice.

Buying your next property is all about finding a Rutland home with the features that match your requirements. However, what might be important to you as a homebuyer, might not be as important to other Rutland homebuyers.

Some features will be ‘must haves’, whilst other features might be more negotiable, yet understanding what your requirements need to be, will make it easier to find the Rutland home of your dreams.

Let’s look at my top 11 rules you need to consider when buying a property in Rutland.

1.   Location, Location, Location in Rutland

You can change many things within a property, but location isn’t one. They say you should buy a property for the things you can change. Go and visit the different villages and market towns of Rutland. Don’t just drive through them, walk through them at different times of the day. Look at weekdays as well as weekends. Think about transport links with access to bus routes, arterial roads. If you have children, think about school catchment areas for primary/secondary schools.

2.   Rutland Bedrooms

Did you know there are 39,982 bedrooms in Rutland?

Well, you do now! Anyway, the number of bedrooms is a very significant consideration when buying your new Rutland home. If you need bedrooms for your children, the location of the bedrooms could be an issue. Depending on the age of any children, you might not want them to be a long way from the principal bedroom, or if the children are teenagers, the opposite could be true. Bedroom size is also important. Is there enough space for children to study or have wardrobes? Do you need bedrooms for an office? If office space is required, you might want to consider a property with one less bedroom and one more reception room – and it will probably be a little cheaper. All things to consider.

3.   Potential Future House Price Growth in Rutland

The type of Rutland house you buy will determine how it increases in value in the future. Now this shouldn’t be the main consideration, yet it’s important to consider.

Since 2001, the different types of property in Rutland have risen by different percentages:

·       Rutland detached properties have risen by 150.0%

·       Rutland semi-detached properties have risen by 179.2%

·       Rutland town houses/terraced properties have risen by 213.5%

·       Rutland apartments/flats have risen by 169.9%

4.   The Overall Interior Size Of Your Future Rutland Property

On average a person only views five houses before they buy a house and only spends around 20 minutes in each on a viewing. Therefore, I would advise that you have a good idea about the size of Rutland home you require before you start your search. If you have a big family you are going to need a bigger house obviously, yet you still need the budget to afford to buy the bigger Rutland home. A top tip for you - the general rule of thumb is the older the house, the more you get for your money.

One great idea is to calculate the square metreage of your potential Rutland home. Ask to view the full copy of the Energy Performance Certificate, as it has the size of the property in square metres.

Bigger Rutland houses tend to cost more money to run with utility bills and council tax.

A final thought on size is the question of whether your family is likely to grow in the next decade? Will you have more children or is a parent coming to live with you?

5.   The Price You Will Have To Pay For Your Next Rutland Home

In the last 12 months, the Rutland property market has remained buoyant as Rutland people were forced to spend more time at home. Therefore they looked for more space … but what did they have to pay for that privilege?

·       160 Rutland detached properties have sold for an average £497,400

·       81 Rutland semi-detached properties have sold for an average £322,000

·       77 Rutland town house/terraced properties have sold for an average £279,700

·       14 Rutland apartments/flats have sold for an average £164,500

Look at the property portals (e.g. Rightmove and OnTheMarket) and search for Rutland property that is both available and sold subject to contract. Get a feel for asking prices of the Rutland properties that are sold subject to contract as these will give you a good idea what they roughly sold for. Again, if you are not sure, pick up the phone or drop me a line.

6.   Bathroom(s)

Check the bathroom for water leaks. Do the toilets flush OK, do the taps drip? Is there any mould? And do you need more than one bathroom?

7.   The Sitting Room

You will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time in the sitting room, so it needs to meet your requirements. Do you need a dining area? Does the design and arrangement of the room suit your lifestyle? Will you need new furniture? Are there enough electrical sockets? What are the carpets like? That goes for all rooms.

8.   Central Heating For Your Rutland Property

What type of central heating system is present, and does it meet the requirements of you and the home? The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will tell you how energy efficient the property is and how much it will cost to run. You would be amazed how few buyers ask to see the full copy of the EPC. Always ask the estate agent for a copy or download it for free from the Government website.

9.   The Outside

The outside space of your future Rutland home is also something you need to reflect on before you start your search. What sort of back garden do you want? Do you want low maintenance? Do you want a bigger garden?  You also need to ensure the outside of your next Rutland home is in great condition. Yet, if it’s a ‘do’er-upper’, does the price allow for those works to be done?

10.  The Loft And Cellar

Another aspect to consider when buying a Rutland property is the loft (or even the cellar/basement if it has one). In both, look for water damage that could mean problems in the future. In the cellar/basement, a musty smell could be poor ventilation meaning dry damp could be an issue. Also check for insulation in the loft (the Energy Performance Certificate will tell you if it’s up to standard).   

11. Garage/Off Road Parking Space

How many cars do you have in your family? Can you park them all on your drive? Visit the property during the day, the evening, and weekends to see how the parking provision changes. If the property has a garage, can it be used for something else?

These are my top 11 rules – yet do you have others I haven’t considered?  Do let me know!