A home is a lot more than just a place to live in so it’s crucial you spend time making sure the area and property are a good fit for your needs and lifestyle. By following our tips, you’ll minimise the common house-viewing mistakes that are potentially very costly.
Scout out the local area
If you have children, you may want to check the proximity of local schools and parks. If you don’t drive, check whether public transport is frequent and easy to access.
Wander down the street
Once you’re outside your potential new home for the first time, do a quick scan of the street. If the house has no driveway, check whether on-street parking is available and whether the street gets busy quickly. Keep an eye out for litter and take a look at other homes on the street – the appearance of neighbouring properties can impact your resale price in the future!
Check for damp
From the moment you walk in, keep an eye out for damp. Look closely at the ceiling, walls and around the skirting boards for flaky plaster, watermarked patches and a mouldy smell. Damp can be a sign of poor maintenance or ineffective building work which is an expensive thing to fix.
Make sure the windows are intact
Take a look at the windows and check that the double-glazing is faultless. A sign of a faulty double-glazed window is condensation between the panes. If the windows have a wooden frame, make sure they have not rotten as they can be expensive to replace.
Look at the size of the rooms
It’s important to make sure the rooms are fit for purpose. Is there enough room to work from home and is there space to have guests to stay if socialising is an important part of your lifestyle? Some new-build developers decorate the property with smaller furniture to make the room look bigger – so keep an eye out for this! You could even take a tape measure with you to ensure that your existing furniture will fit.
Find out how old the roof is
Checking the age of the property’s roof is a good way of saving yourself money in the long-run. Newer roofs are expected to last around 20 years before they need replacing, which can be expensive to do. Keep an eye out for worn or missing roof tiles as these defects can lead to leaks and water damage.
Take a look at the electrics and plumbing
As you view each room, look out for worn wiring as this can be dangerous and expensive to replace. When viewing the bathroom and kitchen, run the taps to check the water pressure. It is also worth asking the estate agent whether the radiators work and how old the boiler is. As energy prices continue to surge, an effective boiler is crucial!
Find your dream home
Once you’ve completed several house-viewings, make sure you reflect on the pros and cons of each property whilst checking you’re not stretching outside of your budget. For more tips on house hunting, sign up to Moveable for free here and access our dedicated ‘house hunting’ guide. You can also find our exclusive guide to buying a home here.