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Lesser-Known Things to Look For When Viewing a Property

Use this home viewing checklist to look for the good, bad, ugly and expensive before making an offer.

Faye deGavre

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Aug 16, 2022

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4 min read

Lesser-Known Things to Look For When Viewing a Property

The first walkthrough of a home is when potential owners get that gut feeling and get a chance to compare a home to their wish lists. While you’ll know if a home meets your basic requirements, viewing a property is your chance to explore more details.

While you know to check the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, outdoor space and more, there are a few things that viewers often overlook during a viewing that can hurt your pocket down the line. We’ve rounded up a few lesser-known things to check for when viewing a property.

Plumbing pressure

There’s a bit of work to be done here. Check the water pressure of taps, make sure the toilet flushes and let the shower run to see how it heats up. Ensure all aspects of plumbing are checked before making an offer which could cost you down the road.

Sucked in by staging

Staging is a selling technique which promotes ‘lifestyle’ rather than the physical property. Staged properties tend to view and sell better than non-staged homes. Rather than being amazed by the lighting and furniture layout, keep your eyes strictly on the structural features.

Mobile network check

Whilst looking around the house, take out your mobile phone and check your data connection and signal. It’s an easy thing to overlook in this modern age, but there can be patchy spots throughout the country. If the network strength is important to you, check this on the first viewing.

Eyeball electricals

Electrical issues will be hard to decipher with the naked eye, but spot what you can. Is there a lot of exposed wiring? Does it look installed correctly? Ask if the homeowner experiences regular electricity shorts and when the system was last updated. Be wary if the system hasn’t been replaced in a few decades.

It’s a good idea to test all the lights and check the plugs. Make a mental note of how many sockets are in each room so you can plan your furniture layout accordingly.

Test the windows

If possible, open and close the windows. Do they close fully and lock properly? Take into account that people usually replace windows with cheaper, lower-quality windows. It shouldn’t be a huge deal breaker, and it won’t be the biggest headache when you want to replace them to improve the home. Even still, the cost quickly adds up if you need to replace them down the line. Cheap or faulty windows will also impact the heating costs if they aren’t fixed.

Suss out the history

Can the Estate Agent or homeowner tell you a bit about its history and how long the home was under its prior ownership? If someone quickly flipped the house, there is a higher potential for oversights. Are there receipts for any recent work completed?

Check storage

Check each room for storage space. If there isn’t storage built into the bedrooms, factor in the size of your wardrobes and drawers when looking at the layout.

Garden aspect

In autumn and winter, it’s difficult to tell the difference between a north- or south-facing house or garden. However, in summer, it can make a real difference. As the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, a south-facing house or garden in summer is full of light and warmth. Open up your compass app on the phone when you head to a property viewing.

Buying your next home starts here

Whether you’re buying your first home or your second, now you know how to maximise the house viewing process.

Buying a home is no small feat, but at Boomin, we’re here to help. As an always-on property platform, you can browse homes and book viewings online, 24/7. With a wider buying experience, search the vast range of properties for sale today.

Faye deGavre

Content Writer