Property Viewing Checklist

Finding a new house is hard work, and there is a lot to consider. You’ll probably view quite a few before you find the right one, and it can take time. But, it’s important to get it right, even if it does mean that it takes longer. However, it can be confusing, so it’s a good idea to go in armed with a checklist to help. Here’s a look at a few of the things that you should consider adding to your list.

 

 

Location

Location is perhaps one of the most important considerations to make when looking for a new home. Where do you want to live? Do you need to be close to a job or family? Do you want to live in the city? Even if you’re not tied down to a specific area, you’ll want to take a look at the local amenities, job prospects and schools. However, it’s worth keeping an open mind. Your budget and the homes available may mean that you have to widen your search slightly.

 

Budget

When viewing houses, it can be easy to get carried away. This is a mistake. Even if you’ve got a large deposit and have no trouble getting approved for a mortgage, it’s a good idea to set yourself a strict budget. Try to only view homes within this budget so that you’re not tempted to go in higher.

 

Damp

Damp is a big problem in many homes, especially older properties. It’s certainly not something that should put you off buying as it’s usually quite easy to deal with, but it is certainly worth knowing about beforehand.

 

Infestation

Much like damp, an infestation can be easily dealt with by a mouse exterminator. But, you want to know about it before you move in so that you can do something about it.

 

Structure

The structure of the building is an exceptionally important consideration. But, it’s not something that’s always obvious. If there’s a problem with pests, there’ll be signs. But, unless you are an expert, simply looking around won’t always show structural damage, so it’s worth getting an expert in to check.

 

Lights

Faulty electrics can be a big problem. One easy way to check for signs of trouble is trying the light switches. You should also run the taps and check the boiler.

 

Windows and Doors

Few people bother to open and close the windows when they view a house. Only to move in and find that the seals are damaged, there are no keys, they are painted shut, or the hinges are stiff. It’s such a simple thing to check so take the time to do it.

 

Land

The land is something that many people have issues with when it comes to buying a new house. Garden fences aren’t legally binding. Check the deeds to find out exactly what land is included in the sale.

 

Remember, what you check depends very much on what you are looking for, your financial situation, how long you’ve got to move and how much time and money you want to spend getting it just right. Think about your own needs, requirements and taste as well as more obvious concerns.

 

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