Viewing potential properties with a critical eye is the most reliable way to ensure you end up with a property that is the best value for your money. It is essential to make sure you take full advantage of the time you have viewing homes. This will make sure you are as informed as possible when it comes to making final offers. There are a number of factors to consider when looking for a house to ensure you don’t end up with a nightmare property.
How Long Should You Spend Looking For A House
You should spend at least 15-30 minutes looking around the property and then up to an hour exploring the area and neighbourhood. Research has found that 71% of those individuals who spent 90 minutes or more viewing a property paid below the asking price. So spend as much time as you can meticulously inspecting every aspect of the house.
You should also make sure to view the property more than once. The more times you visit the house, the more chances you have to identify potential issues. It is recommended to visit the property at least two to three times, all during different times of the day. It is good to view the property early in the morning when traffic is likely to be bad, during the daytime and also in the evening. You will want to see how the traffic, surrounding noises and lighting changes throughout the day and affects the property.
Make sure to check out the schools in the local area if you have young children or are planning to. There may not be the opportunity to move closer to a better school when the time arises, so it is better to prepare for the future. Use the Locrating website to find out more information about the schools around your area.
You can also have a look at the Police website to view maps of all the crime in that area and even in the home you are planning to buy. You will need to enter the postcode, and you will be shown the number and types of offences and the action taken.
It is also a good idea to look into the quality of shops, cafes, hospitals, doctors, transport links and other local amenities to get an understanding of how convenient the area will be to live in. Make sure to check out parking facilities if the property you are looking at has limited room and look into any vehicle restrictions, such as vans. Once you have thoroughly checked out the neighbourhood and have got a feeling for the environment surrounding your potential property, it is then time to have an in-depth inspection of the house itself. For a printable checklist that you can take on the viewing, then take a look at Which?
Viewing The Property
- If the property is built on a steeping slope, this could cause problems in the winter months and accessibility access, especially if the house requires repairs or improvements.
- Thoroughly inspect the roof to make sure it is in a good condition and that there are no visible damp patches or signs of faulty workmanship. Having to replace the roof can be an unnecessary and costly expense that is avoidable.
- Make sure the property’s decor, especially the flooring and carpets are all in good condition and ensure the property smells legitimate. Do not underestimate the cost of having to redecorate.
- Check under the sinks for signs of regular water leaks and examine the ceilings for water stains, cracks and flaking plaster. Any damp or discoloured walls could indicate a perpetual problem that may cause issues in the future. Look behind furniture to make sure it is not blocking any signs of problematic damages.
- Whilst you are in the house check the signal strength on your mobile and ask for details regarding the broadband speed and connection quality. If your job requires an abundance of internet usage, then a property with significantly poor signal strength may not be a good idea.
- Remeber to ask when the boiler was last serviced and check the central heating is in working order. Look around at all of the radiators to ensure there is an adequate number of them, and they don’t need replacing or upgrading.
- Take a good look around the attic (if there is one) and closely inspect the plumbing and insulation, remembering to check what condition the water tank is in.
Questions To Ask The Seller
So now that you have done a thorough inspection of the house, it is worth remembering to ask the seller some additional questions not only about the property but also about the area and the neighbours.
To get an idea about how well the property has been looked after, ask about what home improvements they have made to the property since they have owned it. You can also ask how long it has been on the market to get an idea of how in-demand it is. Find out how many viewings and offers they have had and what their timescale for moving is. It is also worth finding out if any of the furniture or household items are included in the sale, for example, light fittings or curtains. Remember to check if your furniture will fit when you’re viewing the house, take a tape measure and widths of the furniture you need to keep.
Remember to ask the seller about their reasons for moving as this will indicate any issues with the house, neighbours or location. Quiz the seller about the neighbouring homes and whether they have had any difficulties with them.
Keep in mind that when you are viewing your chosen properties, to keep your emotions at bay, especially on the initial viewing. Do not get too attached to the property before you have thoroughly inspected all aspects of it. Getting too attached too quickly may cause you to overlook issues that will cause you trouble in the long run. Alternatively, do not let small faults put you off purchasing, you can use these flaws to renegotiate a price. If you are looking for removals in London, then get in touch with us today for a reliable removal company.