Viewing Properties: A Cheat Sheet

If there is one thing that all house hunters hate, it is dragging themselves around different properties. It can take up a considerable chunk of your spare time, and can be very disheartening when you turn up to find that the property isn’t anything like the advert suggested! And that’s not all - lots of potential buyers aren’t too sure what they should be looking out for when they do wander around a possible new home. Sure, it needs to be big enough and look good, but what else do you need on your new home checklist? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this cheat sheet for viewing properties!


Can You See Any Damp?

Damp is a big problem that affects properties that aren’t well heated or ventilated. If damp and mould are left for a long time, then they can both cause significant structure damage to a home, which could require urgent maintenance. So to make sure you don’t buy a house that is suffering from a lot of damp, be sure to keep an eye out for the tell-tale signs of it when you are looking around a property. These include flaky paint, a strong musty smell, and watermarked walls. Check ceilings and skirting boards carefully, as this is where you are most likely to notice it.

Is The Building’s Structure Sound?

When you are looking around the house, you need to see if it feels structurally sound. If you don’t really know what to look for, it is in your best interest to get a building survey done. As part of a survey, professional builders and residential architects will look around the property and grounds to ensure that there are no major problems with the structure and building work. Even though getting a survey done can be fairly expensive, it will save you a lot of money in the long run!


Are The Current Homeowners Using Staging Tricks?

There are various tricks that homeowners use to make their house seem better than what it actually is. For example, using mirrors can help a home seem a lot bigger than what is is. The positioning of furniture can also help a room feel a lot bigger. Homeowners might even light an open fire or place out bowls of fresh-smelling potpourri to help make the property feel extremely cosy. Make sure you don’t fall for these tricks. Try to view a property with eyes wide open so that you always see a house for what it really is.

What Do The Power Points Look Like?

Can you see plenty of plug sockets in each room? You will need to make sure that the house will provide you with enough power for all your appliances. It is also important to check the quality of these sockets. If they are in a bad condition, that could be a sign of dodgy wiring. And dodgy wiring could result in you having to completely rewire the home once you move in!

Happy house hunting!

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