5 Things to Look Out For When Viewing Potential Homes
So you’ve put your home up for sale, and you’ve started to book in house viewings. Although there may be some clear things that you look out for when viewing potential homes (i.e if there is enough room for your growing family, is it in a good school district, etc.), there are other practicalities you might not initially think about.
You want to make sure that you choose the best house possible for your family. So you don’t want to move in, only to find that there are issues that you should have taken note of during your viewings of it.
To help guide you, here is a list of the top 5 things you should look out for when on the house hunt:
The Condition of the Roof
Roofs can be incredibly expensive to replace. So during your house viewing, make sure that you look at the condition of the roof and whether it’s in need of any repairs. Also, if possible, ask if you can look into the loft and see whether there are any holes/leaks coming through it.
Of course, you can get it replaced or repaired if need be (companies such as A to Z Construction offers this), but to save money and time it’s worth paying attention to the roof’s construction in the viewing.
The Building’s Structure
A key sign that the structure of the building is in disrepair is large cracks on the walls and around the windows. Ask the realtor about any cracks that you notice, and consider getting a full structural survey done before you move in.
If you discover that they are only hairline cracks and not significant, then you’ll have the peace of mind that you won’t have any hefty bills once you’ve moved in.
Storage space is incredibly valuable – and yet many potential buyers forget to look for it during their first or second viewing. Think about where you’ll be able to put all your clothes, towels, pots and pans, etc. By doing this, you’ll have a home that fits your unique requirements.
As well as the house itself, it’s important that you discover what the neighborhood is like. Spend some time exploring after the viewing, seeing how busy it is and what your potential neighbors will be like. It’s also a good idea to visit the house throughout the day, to see what it would be like to live there.
Mold or Damp
Another important thing to look out for when viewing houses is mold and damp. These can not only be very dangerous for your health, but can cause significant issues when left.
Although you should be able to detect a musty smell if there is mold and damp around the home, make sure that you look at every nook and cranny to guarantee that you’re not missing the other main signs of it.
So, there you go! Those are just 5 things that you should look out for when viewing potential homes. The more prepared you are, the more likely it will be that you’ll find your dream home!