Buying a Second Home: What to Consider
Whether it’s a little country escape, a place by the sea or even somewhere abroad, who wouldn’t love a home away from home?
Whilst this may be a lovely daydream, the reality of owning more than one property can be complicated, with several extra factors to consider before making your dream a reality. We’ve put together some facts you should consider before taking the leap into second home ownership.
Why do I need this property?
You will need to have a serious heart-to-heart with yourself and your other half about the purpose of buying your second property.
It is important to bear in mind that you will need to go through the stressful process of buying a home, with the added stress of the property not being in your local area, as well as furnishing and decorating the property, and the end result is you own a property you will probably only visit a handful of times each year.
There are other options available to you depending on what your needs are, for example, if you’re dreaming of a holiday home why not look into a timeshare? Or if you’re a professional looking for accommodation in the city, you could consider renting.
Location, location, location
The location of your property will affect every aspect of your ownership. Whilst it is lovely to have a home that’s 150 miles away from all of the day to day stress, that’s a 300-mile round trip every time you’re looking to visit.
If you are considering a holiday home and would like to act as a landlord when you aren’t occupying the property, then you will need to consider how you will keep tabs on the property when you are so far away. Little details like finding trustworthy tradesman become more complicated when you don’t know the area.
You should also consider whether you know the area you’re looking to buy in well enough before you finalise anything. For example, cheap property in the city might be in a student area. It’s worth doing some research before making the move.
The cost of running your second home
You will also need to consider the cost of running your second home. You will need home insurance, broadband, telephone, electricity, water and heating as well as paying the various taxes that come with owning property.
Whilst you won’t be paying the same rates (because you won’t be there all the time) however, certain bills (like the internet) will stay at the same rate no matter the amount of usage you get from the service.
You will also need to consider taking steps like keeping your heating on during the winter so that the pipes don’t freeze.
Second homes are not exempt from taxes like stamp duty and capital gains tax, which will add to the cost of purchasing your property. You will also have to decide whether to take a loan for your property or to remortgage your main home.
For any help or advice when it comes to property, speak to us. Our team would be more than happy to help you with the right information to get you started and can help you find a home to suit your needs.