Buying property is a big commitment, and there are many things you should look out for when you view a property. From deciding on which survey is right for you to find out about the surrounding area, We Buy Any House have outlined important areas to consider so you are fully prepared for your viewing and can get the most out of it!
Which survey do you need?
When you are buying a new home, it is incredibly important that you get the right survey. This will give you information on any structural or related issues with the house. Many of these issues you would not notice yourself during your viewing. These can save you thousands of pounds on future repairs by identifying them early, which gives you an opportunity to renegotiate the price. There are different surveys available and the one you choose will likely be dependent upon the type of property you are buying. Here is some further detail on the most common surveys:
This is the most basic survey you can get and the one that costs the least. For properties such as new flats where there are unlikely to be any major structural issues, this type of report will be more appropriate. It identifies issues and categorizes them in a traffic light system, with anything identified as red considered a serious issue. This survey does not give you any advice, but it will state any defects and potential risks to give you an idea of the current condition.
This survey gives you everything in the above, along with more detail regarding any obvious problems like subsidence or rot. The surveyor will look at the surface of the property, but not the more detailed structural elements. You can also get a valuation of the house from the results of the survey if you pay an additional charge.
Home Condition Survey:
This survey is the next step up from the homebuyer’s report and contains further information for you, including an evaluation of broadband speed and a more extensive damp analysis. These measures are also double-checked and assessed to ensure the accuracy of the data.
This is the most extensive survey which exists. The surveyor will carry out an in-depth assessment of the house, analysing all the space behind walls and between the floors to gather as much detail as possible. Furthermore, it will provide you with advice on any repairs which are needed and give you an indication of how much these would cost. You will also get an idea of what problems will occur in the future if these issues are not fixed.
Having a survey at some point is essential as you could end up spending a lot of money and time fixing issues after you move in, which you may not have noticed when you first viewed the property.
When you buy your house, you want to have an idea of how the local area will suit your needs. Spending time getting acquainted with the local area to ensure it matches what you had in mind will be a big factor on how long you end up staying there.
It is always a good idea to visit the property at different times of the day, so you can access what noise levels are like. From viewing a property once it could be that you see it at its best, and not what noise is like first thing in the morning or late at night.
It is also a good idea, to do a test run of your commute to work or other commitments which you must travel too regularly. This will give you an idea of how you can structure your day, and again it is good to do this at a time where there is likely to be traffic, so you get a realistic view of commute times.
Checking the plumbing in the property, especially the water pressure, is not something you may think to do in viewing, but it is something that is worthwhile doing well before you move in. You can test the taps and shower in the house yourself and ask the agent during the viewing about the plumbing.
If the house does not have good water pressure, you might find that you cannot use certain appliances together. This can become frustrating particularly if there are a few people living in the property. Poor pressure can be fixed easily if the problem is a blocked pipe or a leak. Generally, it is the older houses where fixing issues may be more complicated and expensive.
Considering all the above before you move in will give you confidence in your purchase and make the process of moving in a lot more enjoyable.