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Checklist of things to do when viewing a property

 October 18, 2018  /  Comments Off on Checklist of things to do when viewing a property

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After months spent doing countless research, browsing the endless sea of listings on the real estate market, and perhaps performing the odd reverse phone number search, you’ve finally found a house worth looking at. Unless you know what to look out for however, it’s very easy to get caught up in the moment and overlook some important things. Here’s a short checklist of things you should look out for when viewing a real estate you’re thinking of purchasing.

  1. Dampness

Do you sense a moldy smell in any of the rooms? Can you see watermarked walls/ceilings? If so, the house might be damp and full of moisture. Check the ceiling and the areas around the skirting boards for any discoloration. If any of the rooms have just been painted for no apparent reason it may have been done to simply cover up a recent damp spot.

  1. Structural integrity

Be on the lookout for any major cracks. Hairline cracks are okay if not even expected, but be wary of cracks located on extension joints, support walls, bay windows, etc. What we’re saying is make sure there are no cracks (or any other damage) to the structural pieces holding the entire property together. If you can, bring a chartered surveyor with you as they have tons of experience when it comes to spotting and recognizing potential risks.

  1. Storage

When you’ve got mere minutes to look at a house the last thing on your mind is storage space. It’s an important asset however. You need a place to store your less frequently used items (such as the vacuum cleaner) and all the other junk most of us accumulate over the course of our lives only to never use it or throw it away.

  1. House direction

Is the house facing north or south? The way natural lights enters the house is extremely important, as is the amount of light the yard (maybe even garden) is getting. If you want to grow plants in your garden you should obviously avoid a north-facing garden at all costs.

  1. Staging

It’s a real issue and many have fallen for staging acts. Sellers sometimes use mirrors, strategic lighting and fresh paint to trick you into purchasing a house which, on the surface at least, looks perfect. After you part ways with the cash and move in you notice things weren’t as they appeared though, and you suddenly have a lot more financial burden just to fix everything wrong with the house. All of a sudden, the house doesn’t look like it did in the photo when you spent hours surfing the web in search of the perfect home. Try to remain objective when buying a house and think with your head, not your heart.

Conclusion

Most sellers are genuine, especially if it’s an individual selling a home and not an agency. You should always keep your eyes open however, and never take a seller’s word for granted.

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