What to Know Before Moving Home: Home Buyer Horror StoriesNo Comments
Moving home is stressful and tough. No matter how prepared you are, there’s so much that could go wrong. There’s also plenty that could come back to haunt you. We spoke to some unlucky home owners and asked for their home buyer horror stories. Here’s what you really should know before moving home.
Find Out Who Your Neighbours Are – Janet, 53 (Coventry)
My kids had all moved out to places of their own, so my husband and I decided it would be a good time to downsize. We weren’t in a rush to buy but we wanted to find somewhere sooner rather than later. We came across a two-bedroom house that had been on the market for a little while.
We visited it twice and decided we’d go ahead with an offer. We asked the estate agent plenty of questions but didn’t think to speak to any neighbours. About a week after moving in, we noticed a lot of comings and goings in the house next door. Turns out they were selling drugs. In the last year alone we’ve seen parties, fights and arrests. We’re now considering moving again. I’d definitely recommend everyone have a chat with your neighbours. This would have solved so much stress for us.
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Check the Phone Signal – James, 28 (Ashwell, Hertfordshire)
I made such a rookie error when buying my first home. I run my own business and often work from home. When I was viewing homes, I didn’t think to check whether my phone actually got signal. It didn’t! I didn’t notice this until the day I moved in by which time it was already too late. I’ve now got to go for a walk around the village when I need to make a call. I guess it’s a good way to get out the house.
Know What’s Yours – Rosa, 61 (Birmingham)
Me and my daughter moved into a lovely suburban property in Birmingham. We had this large tree in the front garden that would shed its leaves every winter and make a mess of my garden. After a year, I paid for a workman to come and chop it down but the next door neighbour came out and began a row with us. He claims the tree is his. Naturally, a dispute began and now we’re not on talking terms anymore. It has completely destroyed the community spirit in the neighbourhood. I’d advise any new homebuyers to find out what’s theirs before moving in.
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Know Your Local Transport Routes – Geoff, 48 (Southminster)
I used to work locally and commute by car. I didn’t consider the need for transport routes. Unfortunately, after getting promoted and having to relocate to the London office, I found my new house was a three hour round commute away from the capital. I’ve only been living here for two years and now we’re thinking about moving again. It’s quite frustrating really.
Visit at Different Times of the Day – Claire, 56 (Doncaster)
I’d suggest people visit the area at different times of the day. Me and my partner only viewed our home in the morning. Had we gone around 3.30pm, we would have realised that our street is the main route from the school to the local park. This meant that the street is flooded with children, it’s havoc. They’re noisy, disrespectful and drop litter all over the place. The road looks like a warzone when they’ve finished.
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Check for Parking – Tom, 33 (London)
It’s pretty obvious when you look back on it but I didn’t actually check to see what available parking there was. I moved into a flat in London a few years ago and was so excited about it that I didn’t think to check all the details like this. There’s very little allotted parking for my flat and it’s almost always full. I had to pay for a permit to park on the street and often have to walk at least ten minutes just to get to my car.
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