Looking for the Potential in Properties

what to look for when buying a house checklist

The search for a new property can sometimes seem like the quest for the Holy Grail. Usually, we are forced to compromise on one or two aspects of the property we settle on. This is the case almost universally; regardless of budget.

The key to getting the most from your budget with the least amount of compromise is in looking for only one thing when viewing properties – potential. The search for potential is as important for someone who is looking for a family home as it is for someone who is keen to open something like a DIY store.



Space is something which can often be dramatically altered. Whether it is through building an extension or through a few simple tweaks to the internal structure of a property, those looking at property ought to be aware of the potential for opening up a new space within an existing building.

This can be particularly useful in the world of retail. If you open a shop which is thriving then you may choose to extend the premises and make room for more stock.



The location of property is something which usually comes at a high priority and is another aspect upon which few of us are willing to compromise. Again, useful examples can be found in the world of retail. If you are planning to open a new clothing shop, for example, it is natural to identify the location which will offer maximum exposure to your brand, which will hopefully be somewhere on the high street.

Understanding an area’s future is central to securing a property in a great location. Once a buyer has settled on a location which provides both immediate satisfaction and potential for improvement, the real search for a property can begin. Using local estate firms to help your search is always recommended and Fenn Wright can help you find retail premises in Colchester.



We are all keen to live in a house which is as suited to our personal tastes as possible. For this reason, it can sometimes be challenging to look beyond the decoration of the homes or buildings we view. As one of the least concrete aspects of a property, this is where the largest amount of potential lies.

Not only should buyers be keen to see a property’s potential but they might do particularly well to search for a property where the potential is not entirely fulfilled. Carrying out simple changes to things like the décor can really help a property to realise its full potential. In fact, this is one of the most cost-effective means of achieving your dream home and making a shrewd investment.


what to look for when buying a house checklist

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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