If, like me, you have romantic house-hunting notions and imagine immediate identification of your perfect property from one toe over the threshold, then sadly it may be time to dash those impractical and idealistic dreams. After all, the path of property purchasing never did run without pitfalls!
Remove your rose-tinted glasses and set to work surveying potential properties with a far more cynical eye. When you’re house hunting you do so with the intention of parting with a considerable amount of cold, hard cash so make sure you don’t throw good money after bad properties. Know what to look for in a potential property and you could save yourself considerable heartache in the future. There are plenty of resources available online so you don’t need to worry about doing all the leg work yourself either.
Having decided to investigate how to spot potential property pitfalls from a property novices point of view, I uncovered a comprehensive checklist detailing what to look out for when choosing a home. This is far removed from any romantic notions I may have had. I would suggest downloading this list from Everest.co.uk and taking it with you for reference when house hunting.
It’s the perfect tool for prompting important questions and investigating potential costly concerns. Everest’s list will ensure you check everything from cracks in the ceiling to signs of damp in the skirting. You’ll view properties from a more realistic perspective and relegate romantic misconceptions to the recesses of your mind. You’ll remember to assess whether power points are accessible and whether radiators are conveniently located in the rooms.
Your furniture may well look fetching in the lounge – but will it fit? These are all important practical points to consider once the rosy glow of being a new homeowner has past.
The list also highlights what to look out for in those heavy duty areas of the home, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Turn taps on and consider whether there are any concerns with water pressure. These finer, functional points often only become apparent once you’re the homeowner, so pre-empt any problems with Everest’s comprehensive buyer’s checklist and make a smart move.
Can you tell I’ve dreams of moving house one day…..well a girl is allowed to dream isn’t she?
*This post is written in association with Everest*