There are a number of useful websites for moving house, both for searching for properties and finding out information about a particular location. Many sites have mobile apps which can be downloaded onto phones or tablets which can be useful while on the move. Some of the most useful websites for moving house include:
Under “Buy”, Rightmove allows you to browse properties on the market, view photos and floor plans. Rightmove also allows you to register for alerts for new properties coming onto the market in a chosen area. There is also a facility under “House Prices” to check sold prices, which may be helpful for checking the selling prices of properties which have recently sold.
Zoopla is an alternative site for searching for properties on the market, and also for checking sold prices. It also includes statistics on property values and trends in a chosen area.
If you are selling a property, don’t forget to check www.nethouseprices.com for sold prices in your area. If similar properties have sold recently it may indicate whether the asking price for the property you are selling is realistic.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Visit https://www.epcregister.com/searchAssessor.html to find a Domestic Energy Assessor to produce an EPC before marketing your property.
Visit this site if you wish to contact the Environment Agency to check whether a particular property has flooded.
This site enables you to enter a postcode to check the Flood Map for Planning (Rivers and Sea).
Gov.uk – Buy to Let
If you are buying a property to let then it is essential to visit https://www.gov.uk/private-renting/ for information on rights and responsibilities, tenancy deposits, houses in multiple occupation, etc.
RICS Find a Surveyor
This site enables you to enter a town or postcode and a surveying service, eg, Residential Surveys, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), RICS HomeBuyer Report, to find surveyors in your area.
Use this link to check the mobile phone coverage map. You can enter a particular location (town or postcode) for more detailed information although some areas have more results than others. Many service providers also produce their own data.