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Wigan has fast become the first choice for many homeowners looking to purchase their first property. This is because of a range of factors, including but not limited to excellent links to motorways, close proximity to major cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Bolton, a complete range of local amenities such as shopping centres, woodland parks, and more.
Arguably one of the most noticeable reasons that people take into consideration is the price of houses in Wigan when compared to other areas. In fact, as of 2021, Wigan has the fastest rising house prices in Greater Manchester, making the former mining town a desirable location for a high yielding property investment. However, although property prices are rising significantly, housing in Wigan is still very affordable and therefore an ideal choice for those looking to take their first step onto the property ladder.
With this in mind, here are 5 tips to buying a house in Wigan.
Consider your commutesPost
With fantastic access to major motorways, including the M6, M62 and M58, Wigan is a perfect location for people who commute to their place of work. If commuting is an important part of your day-to-day life, certainly think about how links to these motorways may benefit you moving forward.
Think about period properties
Wigan boasts a wide variety of property styles, and perhaps the most noticeable are those from the Victorian era. Victorian terraces and semi-detached properties are widely regarded as stunning period homes. Of course, many modern homeowners prefer new builds and a lot of the time, this is due to the fact that repairs and restoration will not be a necessity. However, most Victorian properties are well-kept and subject to simple maintenance which become a requirement of any home. The space, high ceilings and clever design makes these homes a valuable investment, alongside a stunning place to live, filled with character.
Check out schools in the local area
Wigan is home to many primary, secondary and special needs schools. Wherever you are looking to live in Wigan, make a note to check out the OfSted status of the schools in your locality. If you have children, it is important that you are happy with the catchment area of your home.
Find a reputable estate agent
Good estate agents in Wigan are vital to ensuring that you are shown a range of properties to meet your exact requirements. Similarly, trusted estate agents can make recommendations and give you important information about the houses you are viewing. Before making any buying (or selling) decisions, be sure to research your estate agent to ensure that they will fit the bill.
Ponder your property possibilities
When looking to buy a home in Wigan, it’s always good to think about the future in terms of your property. Is there room to extend should you decide to do so? Could you install a conservatory? Might the loft be converted? These are just some examples of considerations to make. You may think that you’re only going to live in this house for a few years but if you end up falling in love and wishing to stay, it’s good to know that you have options.
There are many advantages to buying a property in Wigan so if it something you are considering, be sure to do you research and find a trusted agent that can showcase a range of suitable houses to meet your needs so that you can purchase your dream home at the right price.