First impressions count for a lot - but you should view a property at least twice, preferably at different times of the day, to give you a better idea of what's on offer. Location is a big priority, so check the surrounding area and local amenities. Here are a few things to think about to make sure it meets your requirements:
- Nearby main roads, or pubs, clubs or restaurants - they can be handy, but also noisy
- Nearby railway lines - or overhead flight paths
- The feel of the community - does it seem friendly?
- The aspect of the house - does it get enough light?
- Is the property well maintained?
- The age of the property
- Garden size
- The condition of nearby properties.
On the inside, check to see whether:
- The property needs updating - and if so, how much?
- Everything works, like the lights, taps, plugs and windows
- The rooms are big enough
- The fixtures and fittings are going to be included in the sale - especially if you like them
- You like the viewsIt feels like home.