When you are looking for the perfect home, there are a number of things that you need to take into consideration. After all, buying a house is a huge investment – one of the biggest you will make in your lifetime – so it’s important to ensure your chosen home suits your needs.
Although searching for your dream property and attending viewings can be exciting, it’s also important to know what you should be looking for. Remember – your estate agent may seem friendly and helpful, but at the end of the day, they will be looking for a sale so it’s always recommended to have a thorough tour of the property and return for multiple viewings before submitting an offer.
So, what exactly should you be looking for when you are viewing a property and considering a house to purchase? Here are some of the most important facts you should bear in mind.
Overall Condition of the Property
How does the property look? Make sure to do a thorough inspection of the house, including the basement or attic, if applicable, and look at the building from both inside and outside. Bear in mind the age of the property and try to distinguish between cosmetic damage and signs of a more serious issue. If you choose to have a full condition survey conducted on the property, anything important should be flagged up but it is always important to check things over yourself.
The roof is one of the most important parts of the building as it is essential for protecting your house and keeping you, your family and your belongings safe, dry and warm. Although it is unlikely that you will be able to get up close and personal with the roof, try to look out for any warning signs like missing roof tiles, leaks or clogged up guttering. Although roof renovation can be carried out once you’ve bought the property, it may be advisable to get a specialist in to assess the damage and provide a quote for the works needed. Check this site out for more information and assistance with roof repairs and replacements.
Damp is a common bugbear among homeowners yet if left untreated, the problem will only worsen and could cause much more serious issues further down the line. As you inspect the property, make sure to keep a watchful eye out for any signs of damp, such as an unpleasant or musty smell, staining to walls or ceilings, damaged plasterwork or peeling, crumbling woodwork. Similarly, if you do suspect the property may be suffering from damp, it is always best to get a professional opinion before committing to purchase.
While the house may seem idyllic, if the neighbourhood is far from perfect, you will need to seriously consider whether you are prepared to potentially move there. Take a stroll around the neighbourhood and local area and assess things. Is it noisy? Is it near a school, supermarket or busy main road? Are there enough places to park? If you can, you should try and visit the house at a few different times on different days of the week to really get a feel for the neighbourhood before you move. After all, the last thing you want is a nasty surprise on moving day, so it’s always best to be prepared!
So, you’ve found the perfect property. Congratulations! If you are happy and satisfied with the area and condition of your chosen property, all that’s left to do is to cross your fingers and hope that you will be snuggled up in your new home before long!