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Time to upgrade to a house?

Deciding to move to a new home presents many questions and Lincoln estate agents all agree that one of the biggest questions to consider is the choice of property style house or a flat' Here at Winkworth Lincoln, we look after many clients who are at pivotal points in their life and it is these milestone events like births and marriages that prompt people to move home. For many living in a flat is the perfect choice but there are a number of reasons why upgrading to a house is a good move. Here are some questions you might like to ponder before you start viewing houses for sale and houses to rent in Lincoln: Is it a question of size' One of the reasons people move from a flat to a house is for more space. A house can occupy the same footprint as a flat but with two or even three floors, can afford much more space. The most common flat configuration is one or two bedrooms with one bathroom. Those looking to start a family or people with plans to have further children often come to Winkworth requesting three and fourbedroom houses for sale in Lincoln. Do you crave outside space' While Winkworth Lincoln does handle the sale and let of some stunning flats with courtyard gardens, balconies and communal outside spaces, nothing beats having a garden of a substantial size to call your own. Both the houses to rent and houses for sale in Lincoln normally have a patio, a lawn area, space for shrubs and outside storage. If you'd like to host big barbeque parties or give the children space to kick a ball, then a house should be considered. Do you have trouble parking' Not every flat will benefit of an allocated parking space and in some areas of Lincoln, parking on the road can be a challenge! The beauty of houses in Lincolnshire s that many offer a driveway, a carport or a garage. Considerations to remember The above is a simplified way of looking at the upgrade from a flat to a house but the following points should form part of your home moving plans: Maintenance - as a homeowner you will be 100% responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your house. This is an important point to remember if you are currently a tenant and are used to a degree of repair and redecoration from your landlord. For tenants upscaling to a house, there will generally be more space to keep in order, as required by common law. Increased costs - a house will generally be larger than a flat so bear in mind the extra cost to heat and run the property, as well as an increase in your council tax bill and home insurances. DIY - if a house you're looking to move to is bigger than your current flat, factor in the additional time you'll have to spend on DIY and gardening. Size isn't everything - is it possible for flats to have a bigger square footage than small houses so if you're after more space, evaluate the size of your current property and compare it to any houses you are viewing. Not always more expensive - partly in relation to point four, a move to a house doesn't always mean a more expensive purchase price or monthly rent. Winkworth Lincoln estate agents can also advise you on areas in Lincolnshire where houses are favourably priced. Whether you're a tenant or are looking to purchase, your local branch of Winkworth has a fantastic collection of houses available to buy and to rent in Lincolnshire. Now is a great time to make your next move as the local property market is buoyant, with a constant stream of houses for sale in Lincoln coming on to the market. The rental market is equally as healthy. If you're a firsttime buyer, Winkworth Lincoln estate agents can advise you on all aspects of home ownership and mortgage finance. For owner occupiers looking to step up to a house, we can arrange for independent remortgage advice, as well as facilitate the sale of your current property. For tenants, please contact us to discuss our 'to let' property portfolio, and for details of our administration fees.

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Deciding to move to a new home presents many questions and Lincoln estate agents all agree that one of the biggest questions to consider is the choice of property style house or a flat' Here at Winkworth Lincoln, we look after many clients who are at pivotal points in their life and it is these milestone events like births and marriages that prompt people to move home. For many living in a flat is the perfect choice but there are a number of reasons why upgrading to a house is a good move. Here are some questions you might like to ponder before you start viewing houses for sale and houses to rent in Lincoln:

Is it a question of size'

One of the reasons people move from a flat to a house is for more space. A house can occupy the same footprint as a flat but with two or even three floors, can afford much more space. The most common flat configuration is one or two bedrooms with one bathroom. Those looking to start a family or people with plans to have further children often come to Winkworth requesting three and fourbedroom houses for sale in Lincoln.

Do you crave outside space'

While Winkworth Lincoln does handle the sale and let of some stunning flats with courtyard gardens, balconies and communal outside spaces, nothing beats having a garden of a substantial size to call your own. Both the houses to rent and houses for sale in Lincoln normally have a patio, a lawn area, space for shrubs and outside storage. If you'd like to host big barbeque parties or give the children space to kick a ball, then a house should be considered.

Do you have trouble parking'

Not every flat will benefit of an allocated parking space and in some areas of Lincoln, parking on the road can be a challenge! The beauty of houses in Lincolnshire s that many offer a driveway, a carport or a garage.

Considerations to remember

The above is a simplified way of looking at the upgrade from a flat to a house but the following points should form part of your home moving plans:
  1. Maintenance - as a homeowner you will be 100% responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your house. This is an important point to remember if you are currently a tenant and are used to a degree of repair and redecoration from your landlord. For tenants upscaling to a house, there will generally be more space to keep in order, as required by common law.
  2. Increased costs - a house will generally be larger than a flat so bear in mind the extra cost to heat and run the property, as well as an increase in your council tax bill and home insurances.
  3. DIY - if a house you're looking to move to is bigger than your current flat, factor in the additional time you'll have to spend on DIY and gardening.
  4. Size isn't everything - is it possible for flats to have a bigger square footage than small houses so if you're after more space, evaluate the size of your current property and compare it to any houses you are viewing.
  5. Not always more expensive - partly in relation to point four, a move to a house doesn't always mean a more expensive purchase price or monthly rent. Winkworth Lincoln estate agents can also advise you on areas in Lincolnshire where houses are favourably priced.
Whether you're a tenant or are looking to purchase, your local branch of Winkworth has a fantastic collection of houses available to buy and to rent in Lincolnshire. Now is a great time to make your next move as the local property market is buoyant, with a constant stream of houses for sale in Lincoln coming on to the market. The rental market is equally as healthy.

If you're a firsttime buyer, Winkworth Lincoln estate agents can advise you on all aspects of home ownership and mortgage finance. For owner occupiers looking to step up to a house, we can arrange for independent remortgage advice, as well as facilitate the sale of your current property. For tenants, please contact us to discuss our 'to let' property portfolio, and for details of our administration fees.

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