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Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

hav­ing an un­wanted sur­prise af­ter you’ve com­mit­ted to buy­ing.”

Here, Spencer, who cer­tainly knows a thing or two about house-hunt­ing, shares his top five things to ask... sellers for clues: Is there a nui­sance neigh­bour, what are crime lev­els like in the area, how busy are the roads and how much does the prop­erty cost to run (util­ity bills, coun­cil tax etc)?” prospec­tive home. Nearly all lo­cal author­i­ties have a plan­ning por­tal on their web­site that al­lows you to view any pre­vi­ous or pend­ing plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions. If, for ex­am­ple, you were con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a home close to agri­cul­tural land, it might be a good idea to check whether the friendly farmer next door has just sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a new pig-rear­ing fa­cil­ity!”

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