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What to Actually Look for When Buying a House


Written By: Lou Crane


Sunday, February 17, 2019

According to studies, 26 of people view their home once before buying it, while 43 viewed the property twice, 21 three times and 11 four or more times, proving that most house buyers feel the need to go back multiple times to make sure the house is right for them.

RubberBond have acknowledged how frustrating this can be, and have come up with a few graphics that outline EVERYTHING you need to consider when buying a home, looking at both the interior and exterior as well as the surrounding area, so you can simply refer to these any time you need to, and hopefully, yoursquo;ll only have to visit a property once to find out everything you need to know before you consider buying.

Exterior

bull; Roof ndash; Age / Flat or Pitched / Missing Tiles
bull; Windows ndash; Double Glazing / Frame Cracks / Condensation
bull; Orientation ndash; Which way does the house face?
bull; Cracks ndash; Bricks / Plaster / Wood
bull; Extensions ndash; Is there any room for developments?
bull; Parking ndash; Garage / Drive / Road Side
bull; Weeds ndash; In particular, Japanese Knot Weed

Interior

bull; Attic ndash; Access / Space / Could it be improved?
bull; Power Points ndash; Where are they situated? What condition are they in?
bull; Cracks ndash; Plaster
bull; Damp
bull; Phone Service
bull; Safety ndash; What are the Locks like on the Doors and Windows?
bull; Floors ndash; Any unusual dips or sagging, especially in the bathroom
bull; Whatrsquo;s Included ndash; Fridge / Washing Machine
bull; Plumbing ndash; Are the pipes insulated?
bull; Storage Space
bull; Room Size ndash; Are they big enough and is there room to grow?

Surrounding Area

bull; Are you under a flight path?
bull; Dilapidated Buildings nearby?
bull; Is there a local Dump?
bull; Crime Rates
bull; Is there a reputable school nearby?
bull; Is there local transport nearby?
bull; Trees ndash; Could they block sunlight or views?
bull; Shops in walking distance
bull; Building work / scaffolding
bull; Pubs / takeaways / bars nearby

Image sources: RubberBond



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