How to view a potential home

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

It’s easy to lose your heart to period features or a stunning “lifestyle” property, but before you dive in and make an offer, it’s important to engage your head too! We’ve put together a list of questions you should ask yourself when viewing a property. Asking these practical questions should help you work out if a property really is “The One” for you.

Location, location, location

Have you viewed the property at different times of day?

Do you know the general area well enough?

Does the area work for your commute?

Are you happy with the flow of traffic, particularly at rush hour?

Is it close enough to the local amenities that are important to you?

Exterior checking

Is the brickwork worn or cracked?

Are there any tiles missing from the roof?

Are the chimneys in need of repair?

How old are the drains and guttering (if it happens to be raining, check if they leak)

Is the woodwork in good condition?

Are the windows double-glazed?

Is there a working alarm system?

What’s in the inside?

Are all the taps working? Do any taps leak or drip?

How long does it take for hot water to come through?

Do all lights work?

Do windows open easily? Do they have working locks?

Is there any evidence of damp?

Is there any mould?

Are there any cracks in the walls?

Can you see any exposed wires?

Which rooms would you need to re-decorate?

Where is the boiler? How old is it, and when was it last serviced?

When was the fuse box last checked?

Are the electrics up to date and is there any certification?

Are there working smoke alarms?

If there has been work done on the property, what guarantees are there on the work?

Is the garden easy to maintain?

Is the garden overlooked by neighbours?

Do any extension have all the required permissions and evidence of these?

If you’re viewing a flat

Is it leasehold? If so, how many years are left on the lease?

Do you have access to the garden? Is it communal?

Which services are shared?

What are the noise levels like from neighbouring flats?

Are there any communal fees you’ll be required to pay?

On a second viewing really look at everything inside and outside the house. We’ve had lots of occasions when people have moved in to a new home and told us there were no doors in some parts of the property and they’d not noticed until they’d moved in. Plus, make a note of removable items you’d like to stay, like loft ladders, cookers etc.

Although these may not seem like the most exciting questions, it really is worth checking the property is right for you on all levels. The earlier you do this the better, as it will avoid you wasting time considering a property that doesn’t really fit the bill – leaving you more time to find the home of your dreams!

If you are thinking of moving to a new house, you can contact us for a free, no obligation valuation. Call your nearest office now – we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Rugby: 01788 564666
Northampton: 01604 823456
Daventry: 01327 316880
Atherstone: 01827 718021
Towcester: 01327 353575
Lutterworth: 01455 559203

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