Raising a family on a budget means looking out for bargains big and small – from discounts at the supermarket to you next family home. But new buyers should beware the potential false economy of buying a cut-price house. Snap up a bargain without a thorough check, and you risk paying the price later on – in repairs, replacements, and overall loss of resale value. So just what should you be looking out for when you think you’ve found your dream home?
First things first: appraise the current owners! If the house is a mess or you spot things shoved away under the bed or behind cupboards, it can be indicative that the present owner likes to cut corners. If they’ve lived there for a few years, you don’t know what else they might have cut corners on – leaving it for you to deal with when the problem re-emerges later. It may not be a reason in itself to call the whole thing off, but it should at least prompt you to proceed with extra caution.
Checking the roof shingles is an important one. If they’re missing, covered in moss, or the attic shows signs of leaks, it could mean the house is overdue a new roof – which puts a significant hike on the true price. Serious buyers should also download a spirit level app to their phone and check that the door frames aren’t tilted. This isn’t a matter of pretty looks – tilted doorframes can indicate subsidence in the foundations. Not a cheap issue to deal with!
Here’s a fab new guide to what to look out for when viewing a house. Prepare in advance, make a note of what you need to check, and you’re sure to make an informed and considered choice – and save yourself big bills further down the line.