What to look for when buying a property
What do you look for when buying a property? Detached over semi-detached? Parking? How about how many electrical sockets are in each room?
But what do you look for when buying a property? When viewing a property – ask as many questions as you can! We always prepare a list that usually consists of;
- How many viewings has it had / Has it had much interest?
- Why are the vendors looking to sell?
- How old is the boiler and when was it last inspected?
- How many offers has it had?
- How long has it been on the market?
- Can I see electrical and gas installation checks/reports?
- How long is the lease (if it has one)?
- Have there been any neighbour disputes? What are the neighbours like?
- What renovations have been done?
- When was it last rewired?
- If a flat, how much are service charges and ground rent?
- Who lives upstairs/downstairs/next door?
- What’s included in the sale? White goods? Curtains? Wood burner?
- Are there any parking issues?
- If there’s a real fireplace, is it safe to use?
- Have there been any subsidence problems?
- What’s the council tax band? – Also check this yourself
- Has anyone ever been murdered here? (Google the address too!)
Take a look round for any signs of damp, and if it has a loft – take a look in there too! Take photos, and don’t be afraid to ask for more than one viewing, if you do, view it at different times of the day; you get a feel of the neighbours, and daylight makes spotting flaws easier, but the pounding music that will make your life hell may not begin until the neighbours get back from work!