TOP TIPS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A HOME

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

Inside

  • 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.

Outside

  • 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.
 
 
Hopefully by doing these checks you will be able to decide which type of Survey is best for you 
But if your unsure of the type of Survey you need always check with a Surveyor or give us a call on