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Top Tips for Home Buyers from Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts, the Celebrity Property expert and Presenter of Homes Under the Hammer, offers some simple advice on the Electrical Safety First Website

This will help you through the home buying process: 

    1. Make sure you know what you can afford – Speak to the bank first. It’s easy to get carried away looking for that dream property but make sure you can afford it first by getting an ‘Agreement in Principle’ from your bank

    2. Check out the neighbourhood – Make sure you investigate where you are buying thoroughly, you can find out crime levels to school results simply by punching in the postcode but nothing beats visiting the neighbourhood on foot to get a feel for the area

    3. Budget, budget, budget – there are lots of additional costs a first time buyer might not be aware of such as legal fees, stamp duty, surveys and other technical reports such as an Electrical Installation condition Report.  Don’t get tripped up by not being prepared!

    4. Don’t be fooled by staging – Cleverly placed mirrors, strategic lighting, manicured gardens and fresh paint are all ways sellers are able to make their home seem more appealing.  At Bright Spark we see this only too often when Carrying out Electrical Testing, and even after a customer has moved in, to enquire from us about some "strange wires".

    5. The devil is in the detail – When viewing a property, make sure you check for any obvious issues such as damp, mould or cracks in the walls but don’t overlook potential hidden dangers like old or faulty wiring which can be dangerous and expensive to repair. Download Bright Spark's Electrical Safety Booklet  to help you identify any visible electrical issues, this eBook is completely free, and will guide your through some common electrical Hazards.

    6. Don’t save on safety – Once an offer has been made, make sure you have a survey done of the property to uncover any issues you may not have spotted yourself but which could come with significant costs; the survey can often give you ammunition to negotiate the price of a property

    7. Check the electrics – A survey will not inspect the state of the electrics, so make sure you have an Electrical Installation Condition Report done to ensure your new home is safe and you aren’t left holding the bill; a full rewiring can run into thousands of pounds.

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I had a number of light fittings that weren't working and, on a recommendation from a friend, called Bright Spark. Karen called in to evaluate and price the work the same day and sent one of her colleagues, Peter, to carry it out before the end of the week. It was a very impressive response and the work was done to an excellent standard. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bright Spark and it's reassuring to know such a reliable firm exists the next time I need an electrician.

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