The ultimate house hunting guide

The ultimate house hunting guide


Posted 8th February

Whether you're buying your first one or are simply on the hunt for a new home, house hunting can be a tricky business to navigate

It's a stressful process, with so much to think about - it's subsequently easy to forget you've checked necessary.

Studies have revealed that 26 per cent of people will only view their house once before they buy it, compared to 43 per cent who have only viewed the property twice, and the 21 per cent who view it three times, and 11 per cent who see it four or more times.

With Rubber Bond acknowledging how hard it can be, they have come up with the ultimate checklist for anything that you could need to consider when you're buying a home. Get ready to house hunt, in the know...

Exterior:

 Roof – How old is it? Is it flat or pitched, and are there any signs of missing tiles?

 Windows – Are they double glazed? Are the frame cracking, and can you see any signs of condensation?

 Orientation – Which way does the house face?

 Cracks – What condition are the bricks, plaster and wood in?

 Extensions – Is there any room for potential future developments?

 Parking – Does the property come with a garage or does it have a drive? If not, is there the option of road side parking?

 Weeds – Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Japanese Knot Weed.

Interior:

 Attic – Is there an attic? If so, is it accessible? What's the space like? And could the area be improved?

 Power Points – Where are they situated? What condition are they in?

 Cracks – Is the plaster showing any signs of cracking?

 Damp - look out for the signs and smell of damp.

 Phone Service

 Safety – What are the locks like on the doors and windows?

 Floors – Are there any unusual dips or sagging, especially in the bathroom

 What’s Included – Fridge / Washing Machine

 Plumbing – Are the pipes insulated?

 Storage Space - Will there be room for everything you'd want to store? 

 Room Size – Are they big enough and is there room to grow?

Surrounding Area:

 Are you under a flight path?

 Are there any dilapidated buildings nearby?

 Is there a local dump?

 What is the crime rate like here?

 Is there a reputable school nearby?

 Is there local transport nearby?

 Are there any trees nearby that could they block sunlight or views?

 Are there shops in walking distance?

 Is there any building work or scaffolding nearby?

 Are there pubs, takeaways and bars nearby?






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