Things to consider when looking for your first home
When you fall in love with a property, it's easy to get swept away. But before you start mentally unpacking your things, remember to ask yourself (and the agents) some practical questions to protect yourself in the long run.
- Is a garden a must-have or is off-street parking space
- How many bedrooms do you need?
- What are the local schools like?
- Do you want a bustling neighbourhood or a quiet one?
- How long will it take you to get to work?
- How far away is the public transport?
- Stand on the other side of the road. What does the roof
look like? Are any tiles missing?
- Are the windows double-glazed?
- Do the drains and guttering look new or old?
- Is there free parking outside?
- Is it a noisy or peaceful street?
- Does the property have good door and window locks?
- Is it freehold or leasehold?
- If it’s leasehold, how long is left on the lease?
- Is there access to the garden?
- Is there’s another flat upstairs or next door, what are
the noise levels like?
- Who pays for roof repairs?
- How much is the annual ground rent and other
- If there is a loft, is it insulated?
- Are there any obvious signs of mould or damp?
- Do any of the rooms need redecorating?
- Are there any visible cracks in the walls?
- What are the floors or carpets like?
- Is there any or enough storage?
- What does the ceiling look like?
- Is the power on? Test the light switches
- Does the bathroom have an electric shower?
- Do the windows open and close easily?
- Do the taps work?
- Do the chimneys work?
- When was the fuse box last checked?
- Has any work been done on the property?
- Are there smoke alarms?
- How old is the boiler and when was it last tested?
- Does the property have full central heating and when
was it last tested?
- What is the mobile phone and broadband coverage