Surely everyone knows Rightmove
? A way to easily search properties and organise them by price and location, Rightmove makes finding a property simple. However, they’ve also added some extra tools, like an interactive map that connects the places you need to be near to, and your budget to find out where you should live. They also do a yearly happiness index
, to see which areas have the happiest residents.
2. Property Detective
Okay so you’ve found an area or a property you like, but what about schools? Property Detective
does exactly what it suggests, getting you all that useful local information to help you make the right choice. It gives you information about primary and secondary schools in walking distance, along with childcare options. If you upgrade, you can also get information on who lives in your area, what the amenities and nuisances are, along with transport information.
3. Moving Cost Calculator
In 2017 it was revealed that 65% of people underestimate the cost of moving. They remember the removals costs, but forget about stamp duty
, estate agent fees and VAT. Our reallymoving moving cost calculator
adds these plus the cost of your survey
, to give you a clearer picture of how much it will cost to move. (You can also use our comparison website to get the best deal
on all of these services!)
This handy, and occasionally terrifying, website allows you to see the registered crimes in your area
. You can zoom in on the street and see how they were categorised. Seeing that the road over from your dream home always has antisocial behaviour issues, or that house down the street has multiple counts of violence might make you think again. You can also see where your local police station is and who your local team is, along with the priorities for your area, and what the police are doing about them.
A free way to check and improve your credit score. Clearscore
has a simple, clear interface and will give you updates on how to improve your score
, as well as how it compares with your local area, and the national average. Being able to check if you have any incorrect data on your credit score, as well as having access to credit cards and loans, with a percentage showing of how likely you are to be approved, means you can work towards getting a great mortgage whilst you’re still saving for your deposit.
6. Dulux Visualiser
Have trouble really seeing what that paint sample might look like in your room? Dulux
have solved that with a brilliant app – look through your camera and see the wall painted in the colour you’ve chosen. You can also take pictures of items and ‘grab’ the colour, so if the colour doesn’t exist already, you can have it made. Inspiration is everywhere! No more buying multiple tiny tins and staring at colour swatches for hours.
7. Around Me
There’s nothing worse than moving to a new place and having no idea where to find petrol stations, banks or even the hospital. Around Me
can help you get to grips with your new neighbourhood, or even help you decide if your dream property is close enough to all the amenities you need.
When the time has come to decorate that new home and make it truly your own, Houzz
has the answers. With a great range of useful people in their directories, from designers to electricians, to furniture shops, you can find everything you need to make your home unique. Houzz also offer design moodboards to let you organise your ideas, as well as helpful articles to get you feeling like an interior design pro.
This sneaky little mouse uses Land Registry data to let you see what people paid for houses in your area. It will show you the highest and lowest priced properties available in your chosen area, when they became available and where they are located. It does a search through estate agents websites, so you have everything in one place.
is an 'personal finance assistant' app designed to support first time buyers. Part money app, part credit checker, it will help you save for a deposit (and can sync with whoever you're saving with), help you look more appealing to lenders, and help you find a mortgage deal when you're ready.
Whether you’re tech savvy or like to find a property the old fashioned way, there’s no doubt at least a couple of these tools will make your property journey a lot easier. If you have any recommendations for property tools, apps or websites, let us know in the comments!