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Unusual things you should do when viewing a property


Would you spend just 15 minutes viewing a property that could become your home for many years to come? Some people do and live to regret it…

Whether you are buying or renting, you need to take the opportunity whilst it’s there and have a good look around! At the end of the day, you are the one who is going to live there. It’s important to check all of the obvious things first, like whether there are any unusual smells. According to research by Which?, 70% of people check for damp, but be sure to take a sniff around as damp can give off a musty smell, even if you can’t see the physical signs. Also, checking taps
will give you a good indication if there are problems with water pressure: there is nothing worse than a weak shower!

Here are a few more quirky things to do to get the most out of your viewing time:

1. Check which way the house faces
This may sound odd but checking whether you have a north or south facing house can make a big difference between whether your home is full of light and warmth in the summer months. If you have a smart phone you probably have a compass sat right in your pocket!

2. Don’t be fooled by staging
Cleverly placed mirrors and furniture can make the home seem bigger than it
actually is – which is great for when you are selling. The solution is simple, when you’re walking around take out a tape measure just to ensure you do have enough space for your sofa, 50 inch TV and king sized bed.

3. Are there enough power points?
With your TV, phone, internet and PlayStation all plugged in at once, power
points can become quite scarce and no one really likes to have an extension lead running around the edge of the room! You should also check to see what condition they are in as dodgy wiring can be dangerous and expensive to replace.

4. Is the property substantially sound-proofed?
There is nothing worse, apart from that weak shower, than waking up in the middle of the night to hearing rowing neighbours or music, so just take a moment to have a listen and if the seller has a radio or television on, ask for it to be turned down.

5. Check to see if there is sufficient drainage in the area
Jot down the whereabouts and levels of external drains as excessive water can cause severe structural problems, especially if you’re looking to built a conservatory or add onto a patio area.

You will only find the problems if you are on the lookout for them, so having an
awareness is key. So, don’t be worried to look in the airing cupboard, check to see if the boiler works and even play around with the light switches!

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