Key Things To Look Out For When Viewing A Property

Admin December 13, 2021

It’s literally everyone's dream to buy a house, and usually, the excitement that comes with the realisation that the dream is coming true makes buyers miss out on a lot of costly defects which may come back to haunt them in the long run. 

After identifying potential houses to acquire but before signing an offer to purchase, make sure to make an appointment with your estate agent to thoroughly view/inspect the properties.

It’s also very important to take time and appreciate the neighbourhood in which you are going to buy. First impressions shouldn’t be underestimated, before viewing the property, take a drive past and see the property from outside, you can get a good feel of the neighbourhood by driving around nearby streets too. It’s worth doing this both during the day and at night to assess things like traffic noise, etc at different times of the day, over weekends and during the week. 

Key Things to Look Out for When Viewing the Property.

When you have decided that the location and the property is ideal for you and your family and proceed to view it, here are some of the key things to check out to avoid costly disappointments in the long run.

- Dampness on walls and ceilings could indicate water leaks from damaged roofs, faulty plumbing or other water leaks. Check interior and exterior walls for effects of dampness and cracks. Also look for signs of any repairs, which may have been done to conceal effects of moisture and dampness. Also, check for discoloured grouting as well as bulging on wall tiles, which may indicate dampness on the underlying walls.

- Toilets and Kitchens require more attention. Check that the flushing system works properly, and that water stops running after flushing. Also, check for leaks behind the toilet seat and cistern. Taps must be opening easily and closing without any drops of water dripping. Leaking taps can result in thousands of litres of water running down the drain. Cabinets under washbasins and kitchen sinks must be checked for moulding.

- Carpentry work also requires your undivided attention. Check that Cupboards doors are in good condition and that they open and close properly. Skirtings and ceiling cornices must be firmly attached to walls and in good shape. Doors must open and close easily, handles must be in good condition and all locks should have keys that work properly. 

- Sewerage and plumbing systems also need to be checked. Damaged and blocked systems could have a huge impact on your bills, and over time create health hazards. Raw sewage could leak and become exposed creating all sorts of challenges for you.

- Ensure that floors are in good condition, loose tiles are a cause of concern, check carpets for wear & tear, mould spots, etc. Check for marks and scratches on all other types of floors and make sure they are in good condition. 

- Electrical works must be checked that they are well functioning and installed with properly secured covers.

- Make sure cottages and other outbuildings are in good condition, that there are no roof leaks, floors, windows and doors are in condition. Check garage roof for leaks. Make sure that remote-controlled doors and gates are in good working order.

- Check that perimeter walls and fences are sturdy and secure. Make sure gates open and close easily and can be secured.

- Ask for details on utility bills so you know exactly what to expect. Ask what fixtures and fittings the owners will be leaving. Nowadays many properties are fitted with solar systems, generators, satellite dishes, etc.

If the home you want to buy has some or all of these defects, you could still make an offer subject to the seller agreeing to fix the problems, alternatively, you could estimate the cost of repairs and put in a lower offer based on the requirements for the repairs.


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