SUMMARISING THE CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY
Over the past few months we have been unpicking the individual elements of the property for you to consider during your viewing. So have our blog open on your tablet or phone to help you follow the sequence, external elements first, then internal ones. Print off the tick sheet below and when you have checked off all the items, you will have an idea of any potential issues prior to making an offer.
A surveyor undertaking a full building inspection would be able to spend hours looking around the property. However, the agent will often limit you to 20 minutes – or less. Hence this checklist cannot be a substitute for a professional building survey before signing the contract. But it can save you a lot of grief when deciding to make an offer!Buy yourself time by getting there early to do your external viewing before your appointment, or stay around afterwards.
If there are many negative responses or big queries raised by the tick sheet, then do some more research on Google or ask a competent friend in the building industry for their thoughts – and if you’ve used our services before, you know you can drop us an email too.
Please feel free to print this off and take with you as a checklist while you work through the information on our blog:
Desk research before you view: check Environment Agency for flooding, check crime statistics, check Zoopla/Rightmove for earlier floorplans and sales history/prices.
On arrival: Neighbourhood? Noise in vicinity?Parking on and off peak?
Chimneys: Leaning?Failing pointing?
Roof: Dishing? Age and condition of roof covering?Missing or damaged tiles?
Gutters: Evidence of leaks?Vegetation? Slope away from downpipe?
Walls: Leaning? Cracks? Poor render? Blocked airbricks?
Windows :Type and age of glass and frames?
Doors: Open and close easily?
Lofts: Condition of sarking felt? Size and regularity of timbers? Insulation?
Ceilings: Cracks regular (plasterboard)? Cracks irregular (lath and plaster)? Artex present?
Partitions (Internal walls): Thickness? Solid? Stud? Any removed?
Dampness: Any visual evidence of damp? Mould? Salts? Staining?
Floors: Solid? Suspended timber? Any movement?
Before leaving :
Outbuildings: Condition of sheds, conservatory?
Grounds and boundaries: Fencing good? Walls not leaning or cracked? Retaining?
Plants and trees: Trees near the building? Unrecognisable plants (knotweed)?
Spoken to vendor about works carried out in the past?
Spoken to neighbours about good / bad aspects of the locality?