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Advice#guideyouhomeWhat to look for at a viewing

What to look for at a viewing


You’ve probably seen pictures of a house before viewing it so the general lay out, style and size should come as no major surprise.

A house can look the part when you look at it online but a viewing gives you a chance to take a closer look at its condition. After all, that dream home can become a nightmare if it has problems that will cause you problems in the long run.

Firstly, keep an eye out for any dampness or cracks that might suggest problems. While some hairline cracks are to be expected, big ones need to be questioned. Look especially around where extensions join, end-of-terrace walls, and bay windows, all of which can start to fall or bow away from the rest of the house. You’re looking for issues now that you can ask the homeowner or estate agent about and then ask your surveyor to investigate later.

You also need to think ahead. It’s not always at the top of the agenda when looking through a house but you need to weigh up how much storage space there is, are the rooms big enough for your needs.

Another thing to look for is what way the house faces as this will impact whether or not you can enjoy sunny evenings in the back garden or not.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions either. A house might look the part but how much of that will be left behind? Is the seller leaving curtains, blinds and other fixtures and fittings?

It’s also no harm to check the water pressure on taps or that the radiators are working.

Be sure to also keep your eyes open travelling to and from the property as this will give you an indication of what’s around you and what the neighbourhood is like. If possible grab a chat with a neighbour to get an overview on the area.

There’s a lot to take in at a viewing but make a checklist of what’s important to you beforehand so that you get the maximum from the viewing. Also don’t be afraid to ask for a second or third, if required, especially if you’d like to get another viewpoint of a friend or relative.