Your Home Buying Checklist
Purchasing a new home is an exciting event, but without a careful approach the process can become stressful and time consuming. If you’re considering a move then make sure you don’t run into the typical problems of UK property buyers and make sure you investigate everything on our home buying checklist before you make a purchase.
1. Check Drains
A drainage problem is hard to spot if you haven’t used the water so when you view a home don’t be afraid to run the taps, flush the chain and take a look at the drains to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
2. Open the Windows
Replacing windows is extremely expensive so open and close them all, check the locks and look for draughts. You can see how effective a window is by holding a piece of tissue out in front of it. if there’s air getting through the window the tissue will move.
3. Look at the Fuse Box
Take a look at the fuse box to see how old it is and how well maintained it has been. Fuse boxes should be tidy and well labelled so a poorly presented one could indicate that rewiring will be necessary.
4. Investigate Ceilings and Walls
Look for signs of damp on walls or ceilings, this could be dripping, wet patches, discoloration or peeling wallpaper. When you go outside take a good look at the roof for damaged or missing tiles and poor guttering.
5. Look at Cracks
Cracks in walls or brickwork can be sign of subsistence, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be hard to fix. Older homes often shift over time and cracks appear but are simple to remedy.
6. Make Several Visits
It’s rarely a good idea to buy a property without seeing it and in most cases you should try and return three or four times before you make a decision. Go back at different times of the day, at rush hours and at the weekends so you can get a feel for the area.
7. Ask about Neighbors
Ask the vendors about their neighbors and the local area and find out if they’ve ever had any disputes with their neighbors or if a serious crime has been committed in the home.
8. Open Doors
When you view a home go around and open and close all the doors, including fitted cupboards, for example in the kitchen and bathroom. Poorly shutting doors can be a sign of subsistence so should always be investigated.
9. Switch on the Lights
If you’re viewing during the day then switch lights on and off as you view to ensure they work. You can also check other electrical sockets.
10. Check the Heating
Take a look at the boiler, find out how old it is and when it was last replaced. Run the hot tap to check there is hot water and to determine whether the water pressure is good. You could replace your boiler using a bridging loan if you don’t have the funds available right now.