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List of common things that are often overlooked when viewing a property.
Buying a new property is an exciting time for anyone, and any believers in love, at first sight, could be forgiven for perhaps overlooking some of those less-noticeable discrepancies when viewing a potential home.
It is normal to let your emotions get the better of you. So, I thought I would share with you a list of common things that are often overlooked when viewing a property.
A basic aspect of living that house viewers often overlook is the subject of storage. Does the property have a loft with access or a cellar you’ll be able to store your belongings? Does the place enough space for all your items or spares?
Not the most obvious of issues to pick up on when viewing a property, but a quick test of the taps will give you an idea of water pressure. You should also be able to gauge whether the radiators actually work, as well as an idea on the age of the boiler. It might be worth checking the shower too. A low water pressure really can be a nightmare when wanting the was shampoo out of your hair.
Recently repainted room? Smell of mould? Flaked plastering? These are all tell-tale signs of a damp property, and damp can mean a heavy bill for whoever takes on the load next.
External Window Frames
This is an area that many people don’t consider when property hunting. If the window frames are wooden, make sure you carefully check their state. If you can push your finger straight into them then that’s a sign of a lack of care, and condensation between double glazing indicates faultiness too. Make sure to be aware of this as windows are often a key indicator for how well taken care of the rest of the home is.
For anything structural your surveyor is of course your best bet, but this doesn’t mean you can’t still run a keen eye over a property. Big cracks are a big no-no, especially on walls at the end of terraces, bay windows or where extensions join.
Are all of the tiles in place and in-tact? Straight chimney? Does the water move correctly in the drain, and is it clean? These are all pieces of information you need to be finding out when giving your potential new home the once over.
Which direction does the property face?
Whilst this might seem like a trivial question on the surface, the answer is surprisingly key – especially if you’re viewing a home with a garden. The direction of the property can make all the difference – southern-facing gardens are traditionally warm and more vibrant whereas north-facing gardens are cooler and sometimes gloomier (though not the end of the world depending on your preferences). Use a compass app on your phone and get your answer there and then, or simply look to see which way the property faces in Google Maps.
Does it scream “home”?
In amongst all the checklists and the logistical issues, buyers must ask themselves the most important question of all: “Can I see myself living here?” If you’re not sure, move on – when you know you’ve found your home, you know.
Things to look for when viewing a house here’s a quick checklist:
- Does the roof look old or damaged?
- How structurally sound is the building?
- Is there any damp?
- Are there any tell-tale subsidence cracks?
- Is the property north or south-facing?
- How much storage space does it have?
- Is it big enough?
- What condition is the wiring in?
- What is the seller taking, and what are they leaving behind?
- Are the windows double-glazed?
- How sound-proof is the property
- Do they have planning permission?
- Is there a loft?
- Does the property need any major renovation work?
- What condition is the property in?
- Can you see yourself living here for the long term?
- Are you under a flight path?
- Is there a driveway? If not, where can you park?
What’s the surrounding area like?
- Transport connections
- Local amenities – shops, restaurants etc.
I hope this helps when you’re viewing a property. As always, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
See you next month.