As a new buyer, you are looking at properties that could potentially be your new home. While some buyers have massive checklists, some might buy a property based on the look and feel of the place. While there is nothing wrong with either approach, it is always a good idea to ask a few important questions before investing in any property. Also, it doesn’t hurt to get an online house valuation just to get a fair idea of budgets and property prices. If you are thinking of buying a house or if you are looking at potential properties, here are some things to do while viewing a house.
Inspect the building
The structural integrity of the house is very important. It doesn’t matter if it is a new build or an old house, you should properly inspect the walls, the basement, the attic, the roof and so on. Look out for any cracks and leaks, make sure the roof is in good condition and keep an eye out for mould or fungus. You could always hire a property surveyor to do the needful.
Check out the storage space
While a nicely staged house looked great, the most important thing that you need to check is the storage space. Storage space is quite valuable, we can all agree to that. After all, where will you store your spare linen, guest towels, vacuum cleaner and so on? And let’s not forget about those boxes of junk that we can never seem to get rid of.
Double-check the fixtures and faucets
Always check the faucets in the bathrooms and the kitchen. Is the shower head in the tub leaking? What is the water pressure like? Does the tap in the kitchen sink drip constantly? Leaky taps and low water pressure could imply a plumbing issue, which will certainly cost you in the long run. Also, check the fixtures to make sure that everything is in working condition. Faulty wiring or DIY electrical work could cause electrical issues. While you’re at it, make sure the property and enough power points in each room.
Walk around the bedroom
Again, while a well-staged bedroom looks stunning, you need to make sure that there is enough space in the bedroom. Sometimes, the way the bedroom is staged can make it look much bigger than it actually is. Walk around the bedroom and get a feel of the actual space before falling in love with the property! You could also try to envision the space as your future bedroom; this could help you figure out if the property and the space fit your requirements.
Stroll through the neighbourhood
The neighbourhood is just as important as the property. If you have found a property that you like, stroll through the neighbourhood to get a fair idea of the area. How close is the nearest grocery store? What about public transportation? Is there a park or a green space nearby? Does the area feel safe? What are the crime statistics? Are there any strange smells or loud noises? If possible, walk through the neighbourhood every time you view the property so that you can get an idea of what the place is like at all times of the day.
Check which side the property is facing
Ideally, you want a property that is south-facing or one with a garden that is south-facing so that you can get maximum sunlight during the summer days. Some people believe that it is better to get a property that is east-facing as that brings positivity and energy into the house. You should avoid getting a north-facing property as this house will not get too much sunlight which could make the place look dark and drab.
Look at the garden
Gardens and backyards have become very popular among new buyers. In fact, a garden can drastically increase the value of a property. If you are looking at a property that has a garden, be sure to figure out how much time and attention the garden requires. While a beautifully landscaped garden looks great, it also costs a whole lot of money to maintain. There are quite a few things to consider when it comes to gardens, such as the space and size, the maintenance and the condition of the garden. But, a garden will certainly add to the beauty of the house!