What is due diligence and how do I use it?
My name is Bevan Mottram, owner of Kelham Square Property Management, here in Sheffield.
Okay. When it comes to the more enjoyable aspects of property investing, it’s important to be aware of a term known as due diligence. You often talk about investors paying due diligence, so this basically means your ability to research. Research, research, and research some more.
There are property investment clubs. There are so-called gurus, buy to let gurus that take your money and then give you advice. Be wary of these types of people and courses, and again, pay your due diligence on these guys. Just Google them. Have a look at reviews, for example, on property investment clubs, property investment gurus. It is, after all, it’s your investment. It’s a journey if you like, and it may be a learning curve for some, so enjoy the process. Take your time and learn as much as you can before you actually start investing in property.
Okay. Budget. How much have you got to spend on a property? It’s important to have a budget in mind for one specific reason. Budget will dictate an area. It will dictate a property type that you need to be looking at.
Okay. What area are you going to invest in? For example, Sheffield. Sheffield is the … I think it’s the fifth biggest city in the UK, so each large cities have micro-markets within them. What I mean by that is, say for example, you highlight, or you choose one area to invest in. That one area could have, for example, two streets 100 metres apart, one street’s a definite yeah, it’s a good investment. The other street is not so good an investment. Again, paying your due diligence is very important.
Talk to local people. Talk to the neighbours. Talk to the local shop owner. Talk to the local postman. These are all sources of really good information that you’ll not really find out about the area. Is it near other amenities which make a good investment? Good local schools, tram routes, bus routes, parking. Parking’s a major consideration.
I really hope this short video was useful, and you’ve picked up some small nuggets of information that’ll help you along your property investment journey. If you decide that you want to pass over the management of that residential property to a qualified person or specialist, then please feel free to give us a call to chat over your needs and requirements. You can contact us 24 hours a day on our website kelhamsquare.co.uk. On here, you’ll also find general information for landlords and for tenants, and you’ll also be able to browse our current properties to let. Once again, thank you for watching, and good luck with your investments.