This is not the most sophisticated search process. There is often very little detail, which means contacting the contacts listed, and many are already included on Rightmove. Most frustratingly, the listings are not updated regularly, and there is no search facility that allows you to call up newly listed plots (as good plots sell very quickly, this should be a major feature).
Southern Property Consultants
I cannot recall how much the original lifetime subscription cost, but it was a good service that listed renovation projects and building plots that no-one else featured. Hence their commission structure – if you find a plot through them, they get a commission. However, anything we saw of interest this time was also featured on Rightmove.
Choose Your Location: London
Search Radius: 40 miles
Property Type: Land
The rest of the categories are obvious, but that is how big our net was, with what quickly proved to be a tiny budget.
There were a few that caught our eye, but most seemed to be in areas we do not want to live, or provided little comfort that a profit would be made. And although it is our intention to live there, it is important to us that there is a financial benefit to what is a major risk for us. With little idea of what we are doing, and all our life’s savings involved, we do not want to take unnecessary risks.
This is similar to Rightmove, with exactly the same properties, but it also features a search phrase facility. We tried “acre”, “in need of” (as in modernisation, renovation, refurbishment), “building plot”, “self build” and “subject to planning”.
These phrases led us to finding two more potentials.
Tomorrow, I will go through what we have found and let you know if any are of use...