So what should you include on your property viewing checklist? You’ve found your dream home online – the advert is compelling, the pictures look great. They have booked you in for a viewing straight away. Although it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement of your potential new home, don’t put your blinkers on! It’s important you know what you’re getting yourself into. You don’t want any hidden surprises after signing that dotted line.
Here’s our quick property viewing checklist guide of things to look out for during your property viewing. It includes some things to bear in mind if you see something of concern.
Is there any water-related damage?
Water damage is an obvious one and can’t be easily hidden. Check out for potential areas of damp, and query any areas of concern. It’s important to ensure items that prevent dampness, such as the bathroom extractor fan, are in good working order to avoid this from becoming a problem.
Also, look out for water damage on walls and ceilings. Although this may appear just a cosmetic flaw, it can be a sign that an external problem is working its way indoors.
What about the doors and windows?
If your property is well insulated, keeping it warm during these colder winter months won’t be as difficult. Double glazed windows are a huge win. Gaps under the door may require you to get a draught excluder to retain that all-important heat.
Request a look at the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) to see how well the property fairs in terms of heating costs to get the best idea. Additionally, double glazing is better at keeping noise at a minimum. Bear this in mind if you’re looking at living near any busy transport links!
Are all the appliances working?
Depending on the furnishings (unfurnished, part furnished, furnished) described in the advert, make sure everything is in good working condition and what exactly is included. Be aware that you may still be in someone’s home, so ask the viewing assistant to test the appliances if you feel uncomfortable.
Appliances may have some fair wear and tear, and this should be disclosed in your property inspection report. If you’re happy enough with the condition, we recommend you still highlight any areas of concern at the start of your tenancy in this report. It may seem unnecessary, but it can act as proof if any disputes are raised over your deposit if you’re renting.
What bills are you covering?
Find out what bills you’ll need to cover when moving into your new property, and if anything is included. Here are some questions to get you thinking:
- Who are the current utility providers?
- Is it on a pre-payed system?
- What council tax band is it in?
- If renting, what insurance is included in my tenancy agreement?
- If it is leasehold is there a ground rent and what is the monthly maintenance fee?
Don’t worry if the viewing agent isn’t exactly sure, they should be able to give you the contact information of someone who can answer these questions. If bills are boggling your mind, check out our blog post about the 5 most important bills to remember before moving.
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