Unless you’re buying a new build, every house is likely to come with its own quirks and imperfections. Even homes that are a little rough around the edges can have their charm, but we have created this quick guide to help you avoid any major pitfalls during your property search.

Doors & Windows

Consider the potential cost of replacing windows and doors if you don’t feel they are up to the security or heating standards you require in a home. Insurers can sometimes be specific about the types of locks they will cover in the home, so be prepared for insurance premiums to be higher on homes with older windows and doors too.

Boiler

This is important as it can be a costly and inconvenient fix if it goes wrong. By finding out the make, model and age of the boiler you can understand whether or not you are likely to need to replace it in the immediate future. Boilers should be checked annually to monitor CO2 emissions and to ensure that the flue is clear which is important for it to continue to run safely and efficiently.

Plumbing

Check for leaky taps, shower pressure and any slow draining plug holes and water outlets. It is also a good idea to check that there aren’t any nasty smells or odours coming from the drains, these are common signs that indicate a properties plumbing may need checking.

Radiators

Does the house have enough radiators to keep the home warm throughout winter? Are they in good working order?

Check the size and effectiveness of radiators in heating the rooms as replacing them could be a costly and inconvenient rigmarole.

Electrics

This one may seem pretty obvious, but test the lights and sockets in every room. I know it might seem weird, but it’s worth checking what every switch does when looking round the house. Don’t be caught out by a house with temperamental DIY electrics that could be costly and inconvenient to fix.

Damp

A nightmare when it strikes in homes as it is costly to put right, this can be easy to spot however. Damp staining like the discolouration of paint, peeling wallpaper or a musty smell are some of the tell tale signs of damp in the home. Water running down the walls and condensation on the windows are also hints that a damp problem is prevalent.

Depending on the cause of the damp, it may be a symptom of a larger problem such as a leaky roof, it could be worth consulting with an expert to determine the severity of the problem.

Roof

Signs of a leaky roof include damp patches and watermarks on ceilings, missing tiles on the exterior, and damage to flashing and shingles.

A new roof is a costly repair and not one you want to have to think about when you have just moved into a place. Keep your eyes open for any interior watermarks or damage to the exterior fittings to avoid any surprises. Alternatively, if you are familiar with any roofing experts, you could ask them to take a look before you commit to buying if you are concerned about the state of a properties roof.

We have created this list to help ensure that when you do move, everything goes smoothly and you get exactly what you paid for. We also provide experienced removal services so that when that day does arrive, we can ensure your belongings reach your new home safely and securely, ready for a fresh start!