SO YOU’VE NEVER BOUGHT A HOME BEFORE
TOP TIPS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A HOME
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
- 1.Cracks in walls or ceilings.
- 2.Check internal walls for signs of damp – signs include mould or peeling wallpaper, or if walls feel damp to touch.
- 3.Problems with condensation – check kitchens and bathrooms carefully.
- 4.Check woodwork for holes from woodworm.
- 5.Beware of crumbling internal woodwork. This could be a sign of dry rot.
- 6.Look in the loft/attic – check for cracks of daylight, and whether there is adequate insulation (around 200mm).
- 7.Check the plumbing. Poor water pressure could be a sign of potential plumbing problems.
- 8.Check for springy floors – feel free to bounce up and down.
- 1.Check the brickwork. If the pointing is in a poor state, then damp will get in. Also check for staining in corners or below gutters.
- 2.Check if the house has a damp-proof course. An older property may not so you will have to ask the owner what measures have been taken to prevent rising damp.
- 3.Check the roof. Ensure there are no missing tiles, and that the roof line isn’t sagging. Is there any missing guttering? With a flat roof, check for cracks or bubbles.
- 4.Check the chimney to make sure the pointing in the brickwork is in good condition.
- 5.Check for cracks in external walls, which could mean subsidence.
- 6.Check for blocked or damaged drains.
- 7.Check for cover-ups – such as where paint or render has been applied.
- 8.Check for large trees near the property – roots may interfere with the foundations.
- 9.Check doors and window frames for signs of rot.