Viewing Properties

Make sure you know what to look for when viewing a property to be certain that it not only meets your own search criteria but also that you won’t get any nasty surprises if you decide to proceed and make an offer. Here are some things to consider:
Construction
Construction Check what type of construction the property is. Not all properties are brick built.
State of Repair
State of repair Does the property require updating? If so, is it just minor cosmetic work, or more major structural improvements? If you really like a property, it may be worth asking a builder to view it with you on a second viewing, they can help identify any damp, mould, cracks, or damage and estimate a repair cost which might be useful for negotiating on price when you make an offer.
Property Size
Property Size Are the rooms big enough – for now and years to come? Do you need one or two bathrooms? Is there sufficient storage? If not, could extra space and storage facilities be added?
Running Costs
Running Costs Ask to see the current bills – council tax, utilities, to help get an idea of actual costs to live there. A good source of information is the Energy Performance Certificate.