What should I do if I want to view a property I am thinking of buying?

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What should I do if I want to view a property I am thinking of buying?

Postby Petter » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:52 pm

When viewing a property it is easy to forget to ask important questions. Use these checklists to help you prepare for visits to properties you are interested in. The lists include questions you could ask the seller and what to look out for while you are in the building.

Research the area and property

Try to do as much background research as you can on the property and the area. This makes it less likely that you will waste time seeing something that does not meet your needs.

Viewing the property

When you are ready to view:

take someone else with you if you can, preferably someone with different tastes who can spot things that you miss

make sure you view the property during the day when you will be able to see better and spot problems

if you really like a property, try to arrange to view it again at a different time of the day to give you a different perspective
try not to view too many properties in one day

take your time looking round the property

don’t be afraid to ask direct and blunt questions about the property

don’t be pressurised by the estate agent or vendor into making an offer

Questions to ask the seller

You might want to ask the seller the following questions:

what is included in the sale – land, garage, furniture, fittings, etc

what is the cost of Council Tax and the average costs of other utility bills such as electricity, gas andwater

why are the sellers moving

have there been any problems with the boiler; when was it last serviced by a Gas Safe engineer

if there is a loft, has this been insulated – if so, how long ago

does the property have cavity wall insulation

has the property been altered in any way – if so are the relevant planning and building control consents available to inspect

does the house have full central heating – if so, how old is it

is the property in a conservation area or a listed building – this could restrict any future alterations

have any ofthe rooms been decorated recently – if so, why

what are the neighbours like – are they noisy

has there ever been a dispute with the neighbours or anyone living nearby

Inside the property things to look out for

Look out for the following when you are inside the property:

does the property need updating – if so, how much will this cost

are the rooms big enough for your needs – furniture, etc

what are the views like

how is the water heated – combination boiler or tank, etc

is there any sign of subsidence, like major cracks in the walls or the doors sticking

is there a smell of damp or any other sign such as the walls feeling damp, wallpaper peeling, paint bubbling, watermarks or mould

do the window frames have cracking paint; if you can press your finger easily into the wood it’s rotten

how much storage space is there

are there enough power points -how old do they look

does it feel like it could be your home

Property surveys

Location – things to think about

You should also make sure the location meets your requirements, so here are a few things to think about when choosing somewhere to live:

nearby main roads, or pubs, clubs or restaurants as these can be noisy

nearby railway lines

overhead flight paths

the feel of the community – does it seem friendly

does the house get enough natural light

is the property well maintained

the age of the property

garden size

the condition of nearby properties

what is the public transport like in the area

are the local schools good

are there any known plans for development in the area

what are the local amenities like -shops, hospitals, leisure facilities, etc

what is the crime level like in the area


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