What To Look For When Viewing A Property
Buying a property is one of the biggest decisions that you will ever make, so it’s important to take your time and seek out answers to any questions you may have before making that exciting offer!
Here are a few things we recommend you should look out for when viewing a property – we’re here to help you find your dream home!
Is the property structural sound?
Obviously – an important one! You can expect to see hairline cracks around walls, especially if you are viewing a newly built property however what you don’t want to see are big cracks. Cracks that appear near to joints or bay windows, places where a property could potentially fall away from the rest of the house. If you notice any cracks like this, it may be worth instructing a surveyor to take a look.
Is there enough storage?
You can never get enough storage! However sometimes people move into a property completely overlooking this fact. This is an important part of a home as you need to live comfortably – think about where you are going to house the vacuum cleaner, towels, extra bedding, odd-job-boxes etc. If there isn’t enough storage built in, is there potential for more storage to be added?
Check the taps and light switches
The owner doesn’t have to tell you if everything is working so it’s important to find out for yourself. Check light switches when walking around a property and also check the water pressure on taps.
It’s also worth opening and closing a couple of windows to check that these are all fine as well.
Check the central heating
If moving during the summer months, this may not be something you’d consider but come winter time, this will be something you’re going to need! Check whether the heating is in good repair or if you may need to get a plumber in to fix the problems.
Are the carpets / flooring in good order?
Not a major issue and hopefully the floors are good enough for you to move in with however is this an expense that you’re going to need to look at in the near future, or can it wait until more important things have been paid for first?
Is there parking?
Might not seem an important part to buying a property but you’ll be surprised to the amount of people who don’t think about this point and then struggle with parking issues after they’ve moved in. Is there a driveway? If you have more than one car in the family, are you all able to fit on the drive? If there’s no drive, is there on-street parking, is it permit holders only, are there restrictions?
Check your mobile phone signal
Not an impact on the property itself – but if you work from home or your use your phone a lot around the house, it’s worth checking if you’ve got a phone signal. If you’re looking at a more remote area then swapping phone provider may be something that you’ll need to consider.
Investigate the local community
You may love the house but don’t forget to check out the surrounding area! What are the neighbours like? Are you near transport routes if you don’t drive? Often these things can be looked at after the viewing of a property by driving back in the evening or on a weekend, speaking to local residents or shop owners. Come back on a couple of occasions, different days of the week to ensure you capture a variety of possibilities. It’s always worth going that extra step further to ensure that you’re going to enjoy living in the area before you move in.
Do your homework
At the end of the day it is in your best interests to do as much research about the property and the area as you can before you sign on the dotted line. You can find much information regarding previously sold properties in an area through website such as Rightmove or Zoopla.
You can also have a conversation with the estate agent selling the property to establish why a property is being sold. If you’ve got a family, then you can research local schools, doctors, shops and amenities and ensure that you can locate what you’ll need once you’ve moved in.
If you’d like expert advice and an estate agent that has your best interests at heart who will help find your dream home, get in touch as we’d be happy to help.