Buying a house is one of the biggest decisions that most people make during their lifetime, and yet it is one that many people don’t give a huge amount of thought to. Considering this is a place you will probably at least be spending a few years of your life, it makes sense to ensure that you are fully satisfied before taking the plunge. If you are in the process of buying a new home, here are just a few things that you should be looking out for.
Don’t Get Fooled by Estate Agents
Remember, estate agents are cunning and have many homes for sale. They will be doing everything possible to try to entice you to buy a new house. Turn off any music that they have got playing so you can hear the noise of the neighbourhood. If you find out you are on a flight path, this may end up being a problem! Don’t get distracted by the smell of freshly ground coffee or baking bread. It is not going to be like that every time you walk through the door (unless you live with a professional barista or baker). Try not to be swayed by estate agents. Remember that a house isn’t something that is easy to take back to the store!
Analyse Each Room
Don’t get distracted by the furniture that is in each room, but rather size up what sort of space that you have for when you move in. Make sure the layout matches your interests. If you are interested in having people over on a regular basis, a decently sized living room will probably be an attractive prospect. If you are a cooking enthusiast, the size of the kitchen may well be of more importance to you.
Look Out For Bad Signs
Take a close look at the ceilings, windows and walls. Are there any signs of damp staining or discolouration that could be caused by leaks? Can you spot any indication of mould? Do the frames of the windows seem like they are rotting or do they feel wet from condensation? These are all questions that are worth asking so you don’t end up buying a property that needs a huge amount of work to bring up to code.
Work Out If There Room For Improvement
When many people buy a home, they see it as a work in progress. As well as looking at what you have in front of you, you will also want to consider the home improvements that you can make. For example, is there room for an extension in the future? Is there a loft that can be converted? What sort of potential does the garden have?
As we have already mentioned, this is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life! If the seller is around, make sure to grill them with as many questions as you can think of. If you can only find the estate agent, it is still worth getting all your queries answered before making your final decision.