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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, you’ll only have to visit a property once to find out everything you need to know before you consider buying.

Exterior

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

Interior

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

Surrounding Area

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

Image sources: RubberBond





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