Buying a new house can be an exciting yet stressful time, regardless of whether you’re a first-time buyer or onto your fifth property. So, we’ve put together a list of questions every new home buyer should ask when they go to view a property, to help make it an informed decision.
Where are the mains supplies?
Make sure you know where all the mains supplies are located and where the shut-off valve is in case of an emergency.
What ventilation and insulation is there?
If the property has a roof space, ask how well insulted it is from draughts. Also, see that any ill-fitted windows and doors are fixed before you move in. And in rooms where dampness might be an issue – check there’s an extractor fan.
What’s the main heating source?
Some newer homes will have underfloor heating and some properties still use electric radiators so, it’s important you know how energy efficient – or not – your heating will be and the effect it will have on your energy bills.
When was the last boiler check?
The boiler needs an annual check and to be replaced every ten years, so it’s good to know where you stand before you move in and if you’re likely to incur the cost of the replacing the boiler soon after you move in.
Can you check the taps?
According to a Which survey, only 28%1 of people check the taps and water pressure when they view a property. Low water pressure, particularly in the bathroom, can really put a damper on your new property, so make sure you try before you buy.