What to Look For When Buying a House - 20/07/17
Buying a house is the biggest investment you will make in your life, not only financially, but also emotionally. It needs to be sturdy and structurally secure, but also welcoming and comforting – a refuge from the stresses and strains of the outside world.
This is why it’s so important to make sure you find the perfect place that satisfies both aspects, and these tips for what to look for when buying a house will help you with that process.
Check for Damp
When you view a property, keep an eye out for watermarks on the ceilings or walls and plaster that has flaked. There may be a musty smell too. Even if you don’t mind taking on a reasonable amount of structural work, you should at least know what you’re dealing with before you find yourself too far down the line.
Consider the Layout
You should make sure you could live with the layout of the house, unless you are planning on knocking down a few walls.
If you have young children, will their rooms be close enough to the toilet for those all-important night-time mercy missions? Does the kitchen design make sense, or will you end up marching backwards and forwards for miles whilst trying to put together a simple cheese sandwich and a brew? You could even try and act out the whole process when you view the house to check, although you might want to wait until the seller has left the room!
Ask the Age of the Roof
The last thing you want is to move in and then find out you need to replace the roof within the first year or two. That’s a costly job that you could do without. Find out as much as you can about the roof; when it was replaced, which materials were used and if there have been any issues with it recently. Not many people come into social situations armed with small talk about roofs, but it could save you a hefty bill.
Is There Somewhere to Relax?
Homes are for relaxing in, but some properties are better at offering that than others. Is the only decent-sized communal room right by a busy road? That could mean you never truly feel at peace.
You need to know that there is a space you can escape to once the kids are in bed and the day’s duties are done. Somewhere you can feel calm, without having to worry that your serenity will be shattered at any point by a double decker bus noisily careering towards the town centre.
Can You See Any Damage?
Are there cracks in the walls? Are the plug sockets damaged? Is there condensation in the double-glazing? Is the wood in the window frames flaking? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these, the property has some issues. They are not impossible to sort, but you need to know the situation before you start the process of buying.
What is in the Nearby Area?
It’s good to know whether the house has easy access to a shop that sells the essentials. We’ve all come back from the supermarket and realised we’ve forgotten to buy milk. The last thing you want to do is jump back in the car and travel miles to pick up a four-pinter – having a store a mere stroll away is a real boon.
Perhaps there is a pub in the vicinity – great news is you’d like a convenient pint, but be wary that there could be noise and, even worse, you might find your new front wall becomes an unofficial seating area for the establishment when it gets busy on a summer’s night.
There is a lot to bear in mind when making a house purchase and you have to think practically and passionately at the same time. You don’t want to be left with more work than you can handle and you don't want a property where you can never feel fully relaxed. Thankfully, by taking on board the points above, you can make take a great step towards ensuring your potential new home works perfectly for you.