What To Look For When Viewing Properties To Buy

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There’s something very exciting about viewing new potential homes to buy as it gives you the chance to imagine you and your family making memories there. It also allows you to scope out where you would put the furniture you own and allow you to make a decision based on size and practicality. However, because there are so many things going through our heads it’s easy to forget to look out for certain things when you’re home hunting. Here’s what to look for when viewing properties to buy.


Signs of damp

First and foremost, one of the most common reasons that a home is on the market is because of damp that has accrued around the place. Unfortunately for first time buyers, it’s easy to cover up with a lick of paint. There are signs that you can look out for though so that you don’t end up regretting the decision you’ve made. Here are some of the signs:

  • A musty smell around the place that isn’t caused by pets or smokers.
  • Visible decay on the walls and wooden fixtures
  • Bubbling of wallpaper
  • Paint that’s chipping off or eroding away
  • Damp walls
  • Dark patches, often in the top corners of the walls

Remember to look out for damp so that you don’t end up discovering it a few months down the line and having to spend more than you’d bargained for fixing the issue. If you’re fond of the home you could ask the sellers to fix the problem before you agree to a sale.

Practical additions

Rather than just concentrating on bad things, here are a few things to look out for which could be of a great practical use to you and your family:

  • Air conditioning units
  • Ceiling fans – look here to find out more.
  • Solar panels
  • Underfloor heating
  • Tinted windows
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Storage space

All of these things can be a great asset to any home, so be sure to make a note of any that you spot when viewing potential homes.

Condition of the windows and doors

One major thing that many people tend to forget about is the condition of the windows and doors on each property. Some homes around the world still have fragile windows that are prone to let breezes in. The same goes for doors too, so make sure that the homes you’re viewing have up to date double glazed windows so that you don’t find yourself shivering and spending way more than intended on your energy bills. This could also be something that you negotiate with the sellers before buying if you’re keen on a particular property. Having a good set of windows and doors means that your energy bills can keep on the lower side and that you will also be safer than single pane windows.

Put these three ideas onto a list for things to check when you’re viewing homes and before long you will land yourself the home of your dreams! Good luck with the move!

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