When viewing a house there are lots of things to think about, it can leave it difficult to think of everything. We have compiled a checklist of questions to ask and things to look for when attending a viewing to make sure you ask all the right questions and don’t miss any important details when viewing a house.
Questions to ask when viewing a house
How long has the property been on the market?
What are the current offers?
Why is the vendor selling?
When was the property constructed?
Are there any management fees?
Is there any planning permission on the property?
What exact area/land comes with the purchase?
What contents are included in the purchase?
What to look out for when viewing a house – Exterior
Check all windows, locks, and doors
Look for cracks in the walls
Check the roof
Check the garden and the perimeter/fence
Look at the space available for parking/garage
Is there potential to extend?
Are there additional access points to the garden or property?
What to look out for when viewing a house – Interior
Are all of the lights switched on, or is there good natural lighting?
Is there work to be done: does the kitchen need updating?
What is the aspect of the rooms?
Is there a security system?
Is all of the accommodation in the property compliant?
Are the boiler and fuse box in good repair?
When was it last rewired?
What heating is there and how old is the system?
Ask for the BER rating and certificate
Check all floorboards, walls, windows, doors, and ceilings for possible repairs or signs of damp
The above points are included in our viewing checklist to make sure that the house is in good repair, and that you consider any works and fees with your budget. However, these are in addition to your liking of the property.
View the property more than once and write out a checklist and questions for the selling agent each time. If possible, arrange your viewings for different times of the day to get a better feel of the property.
If you are unfamiliar with the area, drive around it at various times of the day and week. See where your closest amenities are, where public transport links are located, and how long your commute will be.