Moving home can be a major financial commitment, so it's important to make the right decision. He...
Moving home can be a major financial commitment, so it’s important to make the right decision. Here are some top tips to remember when you go to view a property you're looking to rent or buy:
Look for Signs of Damp
One of the first things you should look out for is signs of damp including:
• Mouldy smell
• Flaking plaster
• Watermarked walls or ceilings
Sometimes, fresh paint on skirting boards and ceilings will have been used to cover damp.
Check for Structural Soundness
You will need to have the property inspected by a surveyor before you make a purchase, but you can look out for signs of structural problems during your first visit, too. A few hairline cracks are not concerning, but any large cracks around end-of-terrace walls, bay windows and where extensions join can be signs of serious structural problems.
What Aspect Does the House Have?
During the winter months the aspect of a house doesn’t make much difference, but in the summer time, a south-facing property will be full of light and warmth with a garden that catches the sun. You can check if the house is north or south facing by using a compass app on your phone.
Do The Windows Need Replacing?
One very expensive job that you will want to avoid is replacing windows. Look to see what state the external window frames are in and note if there is condensation between double-glazed window panes. Peeling paint and rotten frames can be a good indicator of how well the remainder of the house has been cared for.
How Sound Is The Roof?
Another potentially very expensive job is replacing or repairing the roof. Ask the estate agent how old the roof is; new roofs have a life expectancy of around 15 to 20 years, depending on the material.
Older properties sometimes don’t have many power points, and those that are there may be in poor condition. Look to see how many power points there are and check out the fuse board, too. An old, tatty fuse board can be an indicator of the general state of the wiring in the rest of the house.
Is The Plumbing In Good Condition?
It’s a good idea to ask if the pipes are insulated and make sure that they are modern copper ones. Check the water pressure, and make sure that all the radiators work. Ask how old the boiler and water tank are.
These are just a few of the things that you should keep an eye out for when looking around a potential new property. For more advice and information on viewing a property, contact the helpful team at Belvoir, Sutton Coldfield today.