If you're in the market for a new house, then you're probably already in over your head with things to keep track of, but consider a few more - there are certain things you should be looking out for, as a potential buyer, so that you can make sure that your new home is up to your standards and that it meets your needs. So, the next time you're out viewing houses, here are some of the things to pay attention to:
Are There Any Damp Or Mouldy Areas?
When you're living in the UK, this is one of the primary things to look for, especially if you're in a particularly rainy area. According to the Independent, over half of renters have experienced mould or damp in homes they've lived in, so you don't want to become part of that statistic, especially as a home owner.
Damp spots are extremely common, and unfortunately, they are likely to develop mould, which is very dangerous, and very difficult to get rid of. Sure, you can treat the affected areas, clean them, etc. but sooner or later, the mould returns, so that's a headache.
And speaking of headaches, it can actually cause them, along with a slew of other health problems, including respiratory issues, so it's not just the walls, furniture, and clothes that you need to worry about. That's why damp and mould should be one of the first things you look for in a potential house.
What Shape Is The Roof In?
The roof can be difficult to check, but it's an integral and very important part of this new home you are looking to buy. The last thing you want is to purchase your home only to realise soon that the roof is damaged enough to allow rain, snow, and dirt to leak right into your home. That's a nightmare, especially in wintertime. That's why that needs to be checked before you buy, and if repairs or replacements are necessary, that should be factored into the price of the home. The Homeowner's Alliance can help you with tips of making offers and haggling on price.
If you don't want the hassle of replacing the roof, you're well within your rights to refuse to buy the house altogether, or ask for the roof to be repaired or replaced before you buy it, but the most important part is knowing if there is a problem, how serious it is, and how much time and effort will be necessary to fix the issue.
Is The House Insulated And Are The Windows Fitted Properly?
Even if you're buying the house in the summer, this is also the time to think about the wintertime and how the house is going to feel. You want your home to be as well insulated as possible, not only because it stays warmer, but also because it will prevent you from over-spending on heating in the colder months.
When it comes to this, you need to check on your insulation, but also on your windows. A lot of double glazed windows are improperly fitted in older houses, and there can be gaps that allow the cold air to come in or the warm air to escape, thus making it very inefficient. So, pay attention - do the windows have any cracks in them? Are there gaps? Some of these issues you can solve yourself affordably, as shown by Money Aware, but some problems require specialist knowledge.
Does It Fit Your Needs?
Actually, one of the major things to check when you are first looking at a house is whether it actually ticks your boxes, so to speak. You must have a list of the things you are actually looking for in this new house - and if you don't, you should! - so you should be checking your list to see whether the house fits your criteria or not. Does it meet all of your requirements? Or at least the majority? As for the things that are missing, are they easy to compromise on or replace? Really take some time to consider these things.
As you can see, if you just take some time to check up on some things, you can ensure a successful buy! If you found this useful, you might also be interested in How To Cope With House Hunting Stress.