A quick strawpoll of the Waymark team has revealed that between us we have renovated three properties for our own occupation. That means that we have all purchased empty, unloved that had seen better days with the intention of turning them into the perfect family home.
Chances are when you buy any property, there will be a few things you will want to change. A home can be described as immaculate, however, it might just not be to your taste. So a bit of redecoration is typically expected but when you are in the territory of rewiring, replumbing, installing central heating, reroofing, knocking down walls and refitting kitchens and bathrooms, it is a whole new ball game.
However, this is not always the hardest part. The trick is actually finding the right property to take on. This is where the Waymark Private Buying Service can help. We can even find properties that are not on the market.
You can call into our office in Faringdon for a confidential chat. It tends to be the case that properties requiring modernisation sell quickly, so relying on checking the main property websites may mean you miss out.
It is not unusual to be travelling around and see an empty property that may be an excellent refurbishment opportunity. The challenge is identifying who the owner is and what the current status is. This is one of the key advantages of working with Waymark. The two directors have over 50 years property experience and in that time have built a strong network of property professionals. We can use this in conjunction with Land Registry and Local Authority Data to work out a way of making contact with the owners.
A lot of time can be wasted pursuing a property that was never going to be suitable. Again, by using public databases we can check to see if there has been any planning application made, refused or disputed. This can help you eliminate properties from your search that have been at the centre of historic ongoing planning arguments.
From time to time, you will come across plots of land for sale with or without planning that already have a dwelling on them. Just because there is the opportunity to knock and down and rebuild, it does not mean that the original building is beyond repair.
We can also advise and help with any plans to extend or develop your chosen property. Having dealt with many applications from single units to large development opportunities, we have a detailed understand of how to navigate the planning process.
Depending on where you purchase, you may be able to access local authority funds under an Empty Property Grant scheme. Typically, with property in the Vale of the White Horse carrying a premium, unused and empty houses have not been short of willing buyers ready to take them on. It certainly does no harm to ask!