Are you looking to buy a house soon? Well then you’ll need to know what to look out for when viewing different properties and if you’re a first time buyer, you won’t have a clue where to start!
Here you can learn of the essential things to ask yourself, or the estate agent, when looking at houses to buy. Be sure to have this trusty check list to hand when making your way around the viewings. You’ll save yourself money in the long run.
1. Is There Damp?
Damp is not the easiest to spot, especially if the seller has done their best to disguise it! However, there are tell-tale signs to look out for. If you can smell a musty odour when you enter the home, there may very well be damp, so you may want to take a closer look to see if the following are present:
• Wallpaper that’s lifting or peeling
• A build-up of mould
• Cold or damp surfaces
• Discolouration of ceilings and walls
• Excessive condensation on windows
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2. Which Way Does The House Face?
Granted, we don’t have a lot of sun here in the UK but, when we do, we want to make the most of the warm weather, right?! Be sure to find out if the house you’re looking at is north or south facing. A south facing home gets sun for most of the day, whereas a north facing home is generally cooler and darker.
Too shy to ask? Then take a compass with you or use the one on your smartphone to find out which way the house of interest is facing.
3. Hold Old is The Roof?
This is a question definitely worth asking. Why? Well, roofs are extremely expensive to replace and, depending on the materials, newer roofs have a life expectancy of just 15-20 years. So, it’s worth finding out how old the roof is and what it is made of, in order to save yourself forking out a fortune for a brand new one.
4. What is The Attic Like?
Attics are often overlooked during house viewings, but they’re actually an important part of the house. So, during your viewing ask if you can take a look at the attic. You may wish to use it for storage or convert it into an extra bedroom, so it’s worth finding out if it’s insulated and has building regulations approval.
5. Do The Windows Have Double Glazing?
Does the house have old windows? If it does, you’ll know at some point you’ll need to replace these windows for double glazing, which may be an added cost you don’t want right now.
Double glazed windows are energy efficient, so you’ll benefit from annual energy savings if you choose a house that already has these windows installed.
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So, now you know what to check when viewing a house! However, if you’ve found the house of your dreams and the only disadvantage is the old windows, look no further than Heath Windows for double glazing; it’ll be money well spent. Take a look at our wide range of window styles today or give us a call on 02920 650 854.