Whether you are a first-time buyer or an existing homeowner, buying a new house is an exciting time. Viewing a house is the first time you will step inside a property that could potentially be your new home, therefore to ensure it’s perfect for you, there will be many things you need to ask.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to ask all the important questions by following our detailed house viewing checklist for buyers.
House Viewing Checklist For Buyers
Finding a property that’s entirely perfect can be very difficult, but finding one that’s perfect for you is very possible. By checking the following things – either by yourself or by asking your estate agent – you will be able to work out whether you’re willing to put in an offer on a property or not.
Outside Of The Property
- Is the structure of the building in good condition?
- Do all external doors securely lock and are windows double glazed?
- Is there a burglar alarm?
- Does it have off-road parking?
Inside The Building
- Are there sufficient smoke alarms?
- Do all light switches work?
- Is the property big enough for your needs?
- Is there enough room for storage?
- Are there any signs of damp or mould?
- Are all cupboards in good condition?
- Do all of the built-in kitchen appliances (such as oven and extractor fan) working?
- Are any other appliances within the kitchen (kitchen counters, refrigerator etc) included in the sale?
- Is there any sign of damp or mould around the sink?
- Do all taps work?
- How long does it take for hot water to come through?
- How strong is the water pressure in the shower?
- Is there a bath?
- Is the silicon sealant water tight?
- Is there adequate ventilation to prevent damp/mould?
- Is the size of each room big enough for the purpose it needs to fulfill?
- Are any fixtures or fittings (for example curtain rails or carpets) included?
- Are the walls and carpets in good condition?
- How much work or maintenance is required?
- Is it overlooked by neighbours?
- What direction does the garden face? (South-facing gets the most sun)
Extra Things To Remember
- How much is the council tax?
- Is there a water meter?
- What is the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of the property?
- Is there a property chain?
Tips For Viewing A Property
- Take your time with viewings
Don’t rush yourself when looking around a prospective property – the longer you spend viewing, the more chance you have of noticing small details that may affect the price you are willing to pay. A seller and agent need to disclose all information, both good and bad, about a property under the The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, therefore if you have any questions, you should ask your agent.
- View the property more than once
It’s also always sensible to visit the property more than once. This not only allows you to visit again with fresh eyes, but offers you the chance to see the property at a different time of the week and during a different time of the day. By doing this, you’ll be able to see how much sunlight the property gets, assess how noisy surrounding traffic might be, and find out if there are any potential noise disturbances from those living nearby.
- Look at the structure of the building
Be sure to check over the exterior of the building, as well as the interior, checking for cracks in walls, missing tiles, broken guttering and more. Whether you find anything that raises a concern for you or not, it is advised that you get a survey carried out.
- Investigate the local area
Spend some time walking around the property’s local area to see how close the things that matter to you – this could be shops, schools or public transport. It might also be a good idea to revisit at rush hour to see how busy the roads are, or on a weekend evening to see if the area seems quiet and safe.
- Have a professional survey done
You should always have your own independent survey carried out to ensure there are no hidden issues with the house you’re buying. Mortgage lenders will also request that you have a ‘valuation survey’ carried out, to confirm the property’s approximate value.
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