When it comes to viewing properties, it is often a good idea to bring a friend or family member with you. If you fall in love with a particular house or flat, they will be able to keep your feet on the ground and remind you to ask for the important details.
What’s more, the more often you look around the place, the more likely you are to spot potential problems before you move in.
If you do spot faults, you shouldn’t necessarily be put off buying, but you should at least get a professional opinion and use this to renegotiate the price.
It’s a good idea to find out if the home has cavity wall or loft insulation. Has the roof been repaired? Have any appliances or systems been replaced and, if so, when? It’s a plus if older plumbing and electricals have been updated. Moreover, some older appliances can’t be repaired because parts are no longer available.
“While it’s only natural to get drawn in by aesthetics, it’s important to think about the potential costs of running and improving the property too,” said David Bird, managing director of E.ON’s Residential business.
Research by the firm found that a third of house hunters place little importance on energy efficiency measures like the central heating system, double glazing or the energy efficiency rating when looking around a property for the first time – leaving you £2,524 worse off in the process.