When viewing a potential house many people fall into the trap of only spending around twenty minutes looking around before making a decision. It’s important that you spend longer than this if you can and even seek for further viewings before coming to a decision. When you walk away from a house it can be too easy to forget about what needs doing and what any potential problems could be.
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Some of the areas you should think about and be on the lookout for include:
Is the Structure Good?
You need to make sure that the structure of any house you are potentially going to purchase is sound. This means keeping your eye out for big cracks that could mean there are hidden problems. You would expect to see some hairline crack but anything more should be surveyed. You need to look around the areas that join extensions, end-of-terrace and bay windows. If you come across any issues speak to the current homeowners and the estate agents or property finder, and then arrange a personal surveyor to come and view the property.
Are There Any Signs Of Damp?
Damp can sometimes be hidden. However, there are some tell-tale signs that could help. Keep your eye out for mouldy smells, flaky plaster and anywhere that has watermarks. It may seem obvious but you need to pay close attention to areas like ceiling and skirting boards. Although we like to think that people are honest, sometimes fresh paint can be the sign of damp being covered up.
Is There Adequate Storage?
Storage space is an important part of every household. How much you need depends on your circumstances. Someone with a lot of hobbies or with a family may have the need for far more storage than someone who lives alone or a couple. Having enough storage in your new home can be an asset. This means you need to make considerations for where you will store items such as your hoover, towels, spare bedding as well as your personal items for hobbies such as guitars, bikes, and other sports equipment. Be wary of new builds as these can be deceiving and seriously lack storage space.
Which Way Does The House Face?
If you’re searching for a house in the winter it can be very difficult to tell what a property will be like in the height of summer. It can be difficult to tell whether a garden is south or north facing. If you’re someone who likes to have plants in your garden and in your home, having a south-facing garden is better and it is normally sought out when buying. Try taking a compass with you to figure out which way it faces or speak to the estate agents. Another great way of finding out about lighting is to speak to the current owners.
If the house has an orangery, skylights or conservatory, on the other hand, having an abundance of sunshine might make it too hot at times.
These are just a few areas that you should be wary of when buying a house. Remember, never be afraid to ask for repeat viewings so you can see the house at different times. Try to get as much time in the house as possible. Do you have any other things you can share in the comments that you should be looking for?