Would you spend just half an hour viewing a property that you intend to call home for many years? Well some buyers do – and end up regretting their decision.
1. Does it feel damp in the house?
The main signs are moldy smell, flaky plaster and watermarked walls or ceilings. It sounds obvious, but be certain to inspect closely near the ceiling and around the skirting boards. Another clue might be if the room has just been repainted – possibly covering any damp that might be present.
2. Is the building structurally sound?
If the house looks and feels solid and structurally strong, you may not need a surveyor at all. However, you should inspect for big cracks especially hairline cracks. Look closely around where extensions intersect, end-of-terrace walls and bay windows all of which can start to fall or bow away from the rest of the house. If you do see major cracks or are uncertain then it might be worth hiring a surveyor to do a thorough job.
3. How much storage space is there?
Storage space is a valuable but often overlooked asset. Where you can keep your house equipment such as vacuum cleaner, towels, spare linen and boxes of junk containing your old things. Be sure to prioritize a house which has an extra room for storing your goods.
4. Which way does the house face?
In summers, a house could outshine by light and warmth within, whereas in winters, a cloudy and dark weather can block the daylight from entering the house through windows and could be frustrating at times. You should choose a direction where you can get maximum amount of daylight as per your liking.
5. Are the rooms big enough for your needs?
Sometimes, it has been known for sellers to put smaller furniture in rooms to make them seem bigger so be sure to neglect the furniture present there and picture your potential furniture you have in mind for a room.
6. Have you been fooled by staging?
Smartly placed mirrors, strategic lightning, appealing smells, cozy fires and fresh licks of paint are all tricks sellers use to make their home more appealing. Make sure you don’t get fooled.
7. Do the window frames have cracking paint? Is the double-glazing intact?
The condition of the external window frames is a great indicator of the state of the house – if people look after those, they are likely to have taken great care of the rest. If you can easily push your finger into wooden window frame, they are usually rotten.
8. How old is the roof?
Replacing roofs is an expensive business, and newer roofs have a life expectancy of only 15-20 years, depending on the materials that went into the production. Also, if the property has a flat or nearly flat roof, check out the material with which it was sealed. Nowadays a membrane is used and is better than asphalt and gravel, which can leave seams and edges unsealed.
9. What’s the area like?
You need to look around the area and monitor if the you’re living near a pub or a bar which becomes rowdy in the evening. Is it easy to get public transport? Is the grocery store nearby? Are the roads good enough to drive smoothly?
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