We moved into our house eleven years ago now, buying at the peak of the market when houses were being sold almost as quick as they were being listed (well in our price bracket anyway). This resulted in us buying our home on a whim before someone else did as the choice was very limited. We hadn’t looked at very many and in hindsight I wish we had done things a little differently.
If we were to buy a new house, we would make sure we take our time. It’s so easy to fall in love with a property and make an offer on a whim, especially when you have an Estate Agent agreeing with every positive thing you say. I have compiled a list of what to consider before putting an offer in on a new house
- Is there a phone signal in the house? If not does this matter to you? Will you be happy with a booster to provide you with a signal, remembering that this will be an additional cost once you have moved in.
- Are there enough electrical sockets? Sometimes these are hidden, and I do forget to look in every room, but it’s worth asking the question, especially as you view yourself and your furniture in the room, That won’t work if there isn’t a socket nearby and you have to pay to have extra added.
- Are the windows and doors in good condition? Brocken seals in double glazing will show a misted window as the condensation is getting between the seals. Replacing the glass isn’t usually too costly but it will need to be done. Bifold doors would be high on my wish list when viewing new houses.
- Is there storage? If you view a property and the vacuum cleaner is in the bathroom does this tell you there is nowhere to store the vacuum cleaner? It’s worth looking at these things. Is there anywhere to hang the coats? Put the shoes? All of the little daily storage issues that you may have now is worth thinking about in your potential new home.
- Is the kitchen functional for your needs? I have seen a lovely kitchen this week that I immediately fell in love with. I lost a few of its cupboards to integrated appliances and gadgets which left me wondering how many would be left for storage for actual kitchen items.
- Is there rear access to the property? One of the main reasons we would move is because we want better rear access to our property. I have seen houses with great rear access and also one that looked great but the conservatory took away the space to get into the garden though the side gate so it reduced the access.
- What is at the end of the garden? Are you being overlooked? Are there trees that would need your money and attention in months to come? Lots to look at at the end of the garden.
- Does the carpet need replacing? Some houses put in new carpet before putting their house on the market, others try to hide stains by carefully placing furniture. Look down as well as up when viewing houses.
- Are the bedrooms big enough? Modern properties have smaller rooms, it’s a fact, but will the room be functional for you to live in. Miss A has a large bedroom at the moment, but she also doesn’t have a wardrobe in it as she has been using the built in wardrobe in the spare room which we use as an office. Whilst Miss A’s look big and others appear may small, is it because she’s missing that large piece of furniture at the moment? It’s a good idea to try and picture your own furniture in a room to see if it’ll fit and work for you.
- Can you afford it? Some houses are amazing and you’ll fall in love with them and want to put an offer in immediately I guarantee it. Do your sums before putting in an offer and consider lots of different options such as the Council Tax banding and the square footage of the property which may affect your utility bills.
- Can you see yourself living there? There have been houses we’ve looked at that I have thought are lovely but I can’t picture myself living there. This tells me that the house isn’t for us. Also try to take a step back and see if you can see yourself living there. Will it work for you?
I don’t think there is a perfect house out there for anyone and compromises will always have to be made, but it’s very important not to get caught up in the excitement that the early stages of buying a house can bring. It’s a lot of money to be spending and it should be the right decision for you and your family. Good luck with your house hunting if you’re searching now.
What have I forgotten to think about when viewing houses?
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