We have found ourselves providing more and more tips and advice on what to look for when viewing properties for sale in Sheffield.
As Belvoir! Sheffield have now started offering Houses and Flats for sale in Sheffield as well as letting properties in Sheffield, we have found ourselves providing more and more tips and advice on what to look for when viewing properties for sale in Sheffield. The Home Owners Alliance have a great top tip list available on their website.
These cover simple ways to look out for more serious issues such as damp. 'The main giveaway signs are a mouldy smell, flaky plaster, and watermarked walls or ceilings. It sounds obvious, but make sure you look closely near the ceiling and around the skirting boards. Another clue might be if the room has just been repainted – possibly covering any damp'. As well as whether the building is structurally sound, 'If the house looks and feels solid and structurally sound you may not need a surveyor at all.'
'Big cracks are what you are looking for – you should expect some hairline cracks. Look especially around where extensions join, 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 see major cracks or have any doubts it might be worth getting a surveyor if only for peace of mind. If any walls look like they are seriously bowing consider engaging a structural engineer.
They also cover more lifestyle aspects that you may not always think about amidst the excitement of viewing your Sheffield home, such as home much storage space is there, 'Storage space is a valuable but often overlooked asset. Where will you keep your vacuum cleaner, towels, spare linen, and boxes of junk? Is there room for cupboards or shelves to be built in? Especially in newly built houses, storage space can be scarce'.
Which way does the house face? 'In winter, during a cloudy day or at night, it is difficult to tell the difference between anorth and south facing house or garden – but in summer it can make the difference between a home that is full of light and warmth, and one that is frustratingly dark. Your favourite plants might notice too, and protest by dying. Don’t be shy about taking acompass with you to the viewing – you might have one on your iPhone".
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Taken from: http://hoa.org.uk/advice/guides-for-homeowners/i-am-buying/top-tips-things-not-to-forget-when-viewing-a-property/