An estimated 370,300 moved home last year – and that doesn’t include first-time buyers! But how did all those people manage to find their ideal property? Here are five tips and tricks for searching on Rightmove you might not know about…
Draw your own search area
The “Draw a Search” tool allows you to be precise in terms of where you want to live. You can quite literally draw an outline of your desired locations, meaning you can even pick out individual roads! If you fancy being super organised you can even save your search areas by name. It can be anything from the location itself to the reason you like the area. When you’re finished drawing your own search area, you can then view all the properties that match.
The “Where Can I Live?” feature
Possibly one of the most enjoyable Rightmove search tips and tricks is the “Where Can I Live?” feature. It essentially takes into consideration all your needs for your new home and the surrounding area. The tool asks users to type in where they need to be (such as a workplace or a school), how long they would be willing to travel and how they travel (car, public transport, by foot, etc). You can even choose more than one place, so it’s great for families looking to be near work and school! And, of course, you get to select the usual search criteria such as your budget, number of bedrooms and the type of property.
Rightmove’s Keyword Sort tool makes it much easier to find properties with certain features. For example, you can prioritise your search results to show homes with off-road parking by using keywords such as “driveway” or “garage.” You can use multiple keywords in one search, though the first keyword you use will be prioritised. The Keyword Sort tool can be a fantastic way to find a home with most, if not all, of your “must-haves.” If you’re worried that Keyword Sort will hide any properties that don’t match your keywords then don’t be! The listings will still appear in the results, but they won’t be prioritised. To use Keyword Sort just search Rightmove using the criteria such as location, property type and price. Then enter your desired keywords at the very top of the search listings (shown in the image above),
Include SSTC and Under Offer Properties
Just because a property is “Under Offer” or “Subject Sold to Contract” (SSTC or Sold STC) it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s definitely off the market. If a house is under offer, it means a prospective buyer has put in a prospective offer and the seller has yet to accept it. But if the property is Sold STC then the seller has accepted the formal offer but contracts haven’t yet been exchanged. Make sure to include SSTC and Under Offer properties as you never know what could happen in the near future – the chain could fall through or the buyer’s offer may not be accepted. It’s always a good idea to keep your options open!
Once you’ve put in your budget, where you want to live, how many bedrooms you’d like and the property type you’ll be directed to the search results page. In the top right corner there’s a “Filters” section where you can choose some of the most popular “must-haves” such as gardens and parking. You can also eliminate certain results such as new homes and shared ownership.
Once you’ve found your ideal home, get the ball rolling with our dedicated conveyancing service: