Area Research

It’s always a good idea to research the area before going ahead with buying a house in it. There are a number of elements you need to keep an eye out for, the importance you attach to each one will depend on your priorities, and who you ultimately decide to sell on to when you move on.

Key elements to look out for:

Schools
Transport links
Amenities (shops, supermarkets, pubs, etc)
Medical centres
New estate agents springing up in the area
A useful website to use is http://www.upmystreet.com. This provides free information about all the above (it’s funded by advertising), together with things like crime statistics and the average age of the local population.

About

Having served 16 years in the army Colin re-educated during the early 1990’s including two years at the Camborne School of Mines reading Mineral Surveying and Resource Management achieving a first class Diploma (Dip CSM). This allowed direct entry to the second year at The University of the West of England, Bristol reading Valuation and Estate Management. Training and experience was gained with Exeter City Council Estates Department and Sheperds Chartered Surveyors qualifying as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in June 2003. Colin set-up the company in May 2009 and covers the complete range of services.

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