5 easy tips for buying a luxury home
From stunning Aston Martin Residences in Miami to iconic Battersea Power Station apartments in London, Copperstones International Properties offer high-end, luxury homes for the discerning client. Here are five tips if you’re looking to find your dream home.
#1 Local perspective
Nothing substitutes for getting an insider view for a location and property. Besides seeing the residence, spend time in the area getting to know the transport, schools, amenities, and unique culture and community. Make a list of your priorities and contact a local agent who knows the area inside out.
#2 Future plans
What are the building plans of the area you are choosing to live in? Beyond hiring a surveyor, you may have to do some investigating into big residential projects, retail outlets or parks. Look at the state of the homes and flats in your area and access to quality amenities such as gyms, supermarkets and transport. Research by Lloyds Bank has found living near a Waitrose supermarket can surge your property’s value up by an average of £21,451.
#3 Lists of must-haves
Organise yourself with a list of features you’re after
What features are most important to you? Make a list of what fits your lifestyle and needs such as: state-of-the-art security systems and designer kitchen fixtures. Other extras to consider: walk-in wardrobe storage, designer bars, gym facilities, big balconies, private gardens, home-office and access to wow-worthy views from roof-tops and infinity pools. This will ensure comfort and convenience at your fingertips.
#4 Get a good solicitor
Getting a good solicitor can make buying a new home a smoother and easier experience. Ask friends for recommendations or the Law Society to search for a reputable firm. Remember to get quotes and price compare.
#5 Off-market properties
It has been estimated that 15-20% of Prime London properties worth over £2 million are traded privately. To get off-market deals, begin with local agents and build up your network. Getting the inside story, the pros and cons can be the difference in finding an exclusive offering.
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