7 Top Tips When Hunting Property for Sale in York

York has topped the Sunday Times Best Places to Live list and while many families will be hunting for some chocolate eggs right now, the long bank holiday is also a chance to hunt for property for sale in York.

With its ancient landmarks, trendy eateries and the fastest internet in Britain, York has plenty to offer house hunters. If you want to look for property for sale in York- but you’re not sure where to start- have no fear! Our list of hints and tips will help you find the perfect York property.

1. Narrow Down Your Search


The first thing any house hunter needs is a clear idea of what they want. If you’re single or a couple, you’ll probably want something simple like an apartment or a two-bedroom house. Families will need something with more features: bedrooms, a garage, a back garden and so on.

Once you’ve got a rough idea of your property type, you’ll need to narrow down where you want to look for those properties. Just like an Easter egg hunt, the most successful hunters have a game plan of where the best egg hiding spots are. You want to know the best areas of York for the property you’re after.

At Quantum we’re proud to sell properties in a range of prestigious areas of York especially within the city centre, but also including Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe and Tadcaster – just to name a few.

Visit our properties for sale page to get an up-to-date idea of what properties we currently have for sale.

2. Plan Plenty of Bookings

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If you’re ready to buy in York, don’t waste time; seize the moment and book several property viewings on the same day.

This lets you speed up the decision-making process, raising the chance you’ll secure your dream home.

We recommend booking 3 or 4 property viewings for one day; many more and you won’t have time to view them properly. You can book for a weekday, but at Quantum we offer viewings throughout the weekend, too.

Need a Sunday viewing? No problem, we’ve got you covered.

Where possible, try to devote as much time to the viewings as possible to see the broad variety of property for sale in York.

3. Take Pictures and Make Notes

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When you’re viewing any property for sale in York, there’s a lot to take in. That’s why you’ll want something to refer back to once the viewing is over.

Take a smartphone or small digital camera with you and snap a photo to serve as a reminder when discussing properties later on. You’ll want at least one picture of each room (and other areas like the garage and garden).

However, try and get multiple angles of rooms to help you see the overall potential of each property.

You may also want to bring a notepad with you; jot down things you like and dislike about the property. First impressions count when it comes to the property hunt, too.

Together with the pictures, these will help you make an informed decision about a property later on.

4. Go into Detail


A good house hunter thinks about the future of a property, not just the present. That’s why you should think in depth about a property for sale in York early in the buying process.

Ask about how much space is in the property (i.e. in terms of square metres) and think about the potential a property has. You may also want to think about how your use of the property will change.

For example, if you’re planning on starting a family you’ll need a home with additional bedrooms to account for this. If you love to grow flowers or vegetables, you’ll want a garden that’s suitable for your requirements. If you’re a gadget fiend, you’ll want plenty of mains sockets and strong WiFi coverage.

Drilling down into how you want to use a property (beyond simple factors like bedrooms and kitchen size) is key to finding the perfect home. Perhaps an extension lies in your future.

5. Get an Estate Agent Partner


Remember Quantum estate agents are here to help and we can be a big help in finding a property. We live in a fast-paced world, so while keeping an eye on the Quantum website is a good shout, being in direct contact with us can help put more properties on your radar.

More importantly, we have useful experience of the buying process. This means we can tell you what’s currently available within your specified price range, as well as the challenges you may face in finding your dream home. If you find a property you like, feel free to quiz our team for information; ask about the number of viewings and offers it’s had, any renovations that have been done, what’s included with the property and anything else you can think of.

6. Get a Clear Picture of the Neighbourhood

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Don’t just talk to us or the property owner; talk to people in the surrounding area, too. Remember, you’re not just moving into a house; you’re moving into the place around it as well!

Before visiting any property officially, try taking a walk around the neighbourhood and local amenities- shops, pubs, parks etc.

·   Can you see you and your family visiting these places?

·   If you’ve got children, how good are the schools?

·   What’s it like at different times of day?

·   Can you talk to neighbours and other members of the community?

You might also want to think about the future of the area. Check local newspapers or news websites; are there any big construction projects to consider?

7. Find Out About Nearby House Prices

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At Quantum we make sure to price all our properties as fairly as possible. For your own peace of mind, though, you may want to do your own research into an area’s property prices.

One way to do this is to look at websites like Airbnb. Although these are rental properties, they can give you a general idea of how expensive properties for sale will be. The higher the Airbnb price, the more you can expect to pay for a property nearby.

Try searching for Airbnb properties in several different areas. This allows you to build up a picture of property prices in a given area. This in turn can help you formulate a better plan when hunting down your own property.

With some thorough planning and careful consideration, you’re well on your way to finding your dream property for sale in York.

And Quantum is the perfect estate agents to help you out.

We bring an in-depth understanding of the York area to the table.

This allows us to find you the best property based on your requirements and we’ll support you through every step of the house buying process.

Whichever stage you’re at, give us a call 01904 631 631 and find out how we can help you!

Or browse our properties for sale now.

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