Off-Plan Property: Due Diligence Essentials

Apr 19, 2024

Investing in off-plan properties can make good money, but it’s important to carefully check for any risks. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about the main things investors need to think about when they’re looking into off-plan property investments. Also, we’ll discuss how working with Rothmore Property can help investors feel more secure when buying properties.

Key Takeaways


  • Research the Developer’s Track Record: Investigate the history and reputation of the developer to ensure reliability and quality in their past projects.
  • Understand the Location Dynamics: Evaluate the property’s location for growth potential, infrastructure development, and local real estate market trends.
  • Legal and Contractual Review: Engage a legal expert to review all contracts and legal documents to safeguard your investment from potential issues.
  • Financial Preparedness: Assess your financial stability, including loan options and contingency plans, to manage any unforeseen delays or changes in the project.


Researching the Developer


Before you pick an off-plan property to invest in, it’s key to carefully check who’s making the project. Look at their past projects, how solid their money situation is, and if people know and trust them in the business. Picking a developer with a track record of successful projects makes you feel safer and lowers the risk of issues while the project is being built.

At Rothmore Property, we take pride in marketing exceptional property investment developments. We exclusively collaborate with established, trusted developers who have a proven track record, ensuring our clients receive the absolute best properties the market has to offer. This rigorous selection process for our partnerships means we can provide not just security, but also premium investment opportunities. Our commitment is to deliver not only in terms of investment potential but also in quality and design standards. By choosing to invest through Rothmore Property, you are securing a foothold in some of the most desirable and forward-thinking property developments available.

Understanding the Location


Location is key to the success of property investments. Do your homework on the area of the off-plan development, looking at things like local facilities, transport, jobs, and market trends. A good location with potential for growth makes the investment more likely to increase in value and attract renters.

Reviewing the Contract


Carefully review the off-plan property contract to understand the terms and conditions, payment schedule, completion timeline, and any clauses related to potential changes or delays. Seek legal advice to ensure the contract protects your interests and mitigates risks associated with unforeseen circumstances or developer issues.

Assessing Financing Options


Consider your financing options carefully when investing in off-plan properties. Evaluate mortgage availability, interest rates, and loan-to-value ratios to determine the most suitable financing solution for your investment. Additionally, factor in potential changes to financial circumstances and ensure you have contingency plans in place. 41% of property purchases made through the GetGround marketplace were for off-plan properties, compared to 34% for second-hand properties and 25% for new builds.

Partnering with Rothmore Property for Added Security


At Rothmore Property, we understand the importance of mitigating risks and ensuring the safety of our clients’ investments. Our team conducts extensive due diligence on behalf of investors, vetting developers, assessing locations, and thoroughly reviewing contracts to minimise risks associated with off-plan property investments.

By partnering with Rothmore Property, investors gain access to:


Expert Guidance: Our experienced team provides expert guidance throughout the investment process. From property selection to completion, ensuring investors make informed decisions.

Trusted Developers: We work exclusively with reputable developers who have a proven track record of delivering high-quality projects on time and within budget.

Transparent Communication: We prioritise transparent communication with our clients, keeping them informed every step of the way and addressing any concerns or queries promptly.

Comprehensive Support: From the initial consultation, Rothmore Property offers comprehensive assistance. Moreover, we ensure a smooth investment experience. Additionally, after-sales support is provided to investors.

By following the due diligence essentials outlined in this blog post and partnering with Rothmore Property, investors can navigate the off-plan property market with confidence and peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your investment goals safely and successfully.



Can I sell my off-plan property before it’s completed?

Yes, it is possible to sell your off-plan property before completion, a process known as flipping. However, it’s important to confirm that the contract permits resale, and investors should be aware of market conditions that can affect the viability of a sale. Rothmore Property provides guidance on resale options and market timing.

Are there additional costs involved when investing in an off-plan property?

Apart from the purchase price, investors should budget for additional costs such as legal fees, mortgage application fees (if applicable), and possible stamp duty. Rothmore Property provides a comprehensive breakdown of all expected costs to ensure investors have a clear understanding of their financial commitment.

How can I stay updated on the construction progress?

Rothmore Property prides itself on maintaining transparent communication with our investors. We provide regular updates on construction progress, including photos, videos, and reports from the site. Additionally, we facilitate site visits for investors wishing to view progress in person, contingent on construction schedules and safety regulations.


This guide is intended solely for informational purposes and should not be considered as investment advice. For those in search of financial guidance, it is advisable to consult with a financial advisor authorised by the FCA, to receive regulated advice tailored to your investment choices.

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