So, you’ve finally made one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life – one that will have an impact on your lifestyle for years to come – you’ve decided to buy a house! That’s great news indeed, and you are to be congratulated. But wait – before making a decision, there are some things to watch out for. You can’t just view and check a house for half an hour and consider it done. Here’s a list of the most important aspects you should watch out for when checking a house.
Damp can severely affect a house’s structural integrity if left untreated. And the problem with damp is that it is not easily seen; in fact, it’s often forgotten by would-be homeowners. The sure signs of damp include mouldy and mildewy smells, ceilings and walls that have water stains or marks, and plaster which is flaking. Make sure to check the area near a room’s ceiling and the floor corners. If a room has recently undergone repainting, be wary of this as well as this may be an attempt to conceal damp.
- Structural integrity
Another aspect to watch out for would be the structural integrity of the building. One way to determine this is to look for huge cracks, particularly around the areas where walls join and the end-walls of patios and conservatories. The thing with this, however, is that you can only see so much – only expert chartered surveyors from Essex such as those from www.chekes.co.uk will be able to ascertain the complete structural integrity of the building; they are fully trained to check for risks and know what to look for.
- Where does the property face?
During the winter season, there isn’t too much difference in whether a house is facing north or facing south – but during the summer, where the house faces can make a big impact, as the house can be either bright and sunny or stay dark and gloomy even during the warmest part of the day. If you want your house to be bright and airy, then bring a compass whilst viewing the house – this can make or break your final buying decision, after all.
- Ample storage areas
When we look at a home, we often look at the size of the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and so on. But one aspect which is often neglected is the storage space. You have to see if the house has ample storage areas for all your goods, be it your cleaning equipment, bed linen, sports equipment, etc. And even if there isn’t enough storage space, see if there’s room in which to build shelving or cupboards later on.
Keep this checklist in mind, and it won’t be too difficult to find your dream home, after all.
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