Buying a home can be one of the biggest purchases in your life. Small mistakes can be costly, so don’t make a snap decision.
When you find a property you like, make more than one viewing before putting in an offer. Before purchasing a home, you want to make sure the property has a solid foundation, proper wiring, won’t leak and so on. Sometimes it’s a less obvious factor that can end up having the biggest impact on your day to day experience. What’s the quality of light like, how is the interior layout, is there a large enough driveway or only off street parking?
So many major things to think about
Investing in a property shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many different things to think about and agree on before parting with your hard-earned cash. Here are a few ideas to help you out:-
- How much work needs to be done? Check out the property from top to bottom. Does it need to have new windows or doors installed? What is the roof like? Is the garden an appropriate size, is there much room for improvement?
- Take a good look at the bricks and mortar. Do they seem OK? Are there any indications of structural damage like cracks in the walls or uneven window frames? Is there damp or mould on the walls?
- Are there any problems with condensation? Run a finger down a window. There could be poor insulation. On PVC windows, look out for cracked sealants around the frames. Do the windows’ timber frames show signs of rotting or leakage?
- Turn on the taps. Check whether the hot water is working properly. This will indicate the condition of the boiler and how strong the water pressure is. The last thing you want to do is to move into a home without sufficient heating or hot water.
- Has the property recently been re-painted and patched up in places? Take a look at the décor which may look slightly out of context with the rest of the property. This could be an attempt to hide damp. Don’t worry too much, a surveyor’s report will highlight any issues.
- Size up the rooms. If you’re moving from one house to another, will the rooms be big enough for your furniture? If it’s your first home, can you envisage everything you want to buy in each room of the house?
- Interior layout. The interior layout or floor plan can have a big effect on your everyday life. Walk through each room and imagine a typical day. Is there an easy, natural flow from one room to the next?
- What’s included in the overall asking price? Some sellers will leave their utility appliances like a washing machine, fridge, cooker and dish washer.
How is the neighbourhood?
Has the neighbourhood got everything you need? Are there local schools, parks, shops? Is the area clean and well maintained? Are you in a favourable financial position to buy? There are helpful online mortgage calculators, first time buyer’s guides, property finders and a huge selection of online home buying guide checklists. After considering everything, weigh up the pros and cons, happy house hunting.