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What to look for when viewing a property?

Asked on Dec 18 2009, General in London | Report content

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  • Obviously you are not a professional but there are certain things you can test when looking at a property. The first is to look at the HIPS package prepared by the Estate agents before you view the property so you are aware of what is being sold to you. You can look at the roof from the street to make sure there are no problems it is good to look on a day that it is raining and so in the top room of the house you can check that there are no damp patches on the walls/ceilings. From there you can open a window and look at the soffetts and guttering making sure it is level. Ask when the house was built in SW20 there are some quite old houses and so ask if they know when the electrics were last tested and if they know whether the house has been rewired. You can test the heating and check the water is hot easily. Obviously with the foundations it is hard to know what to look at but if there are any visible cracks it is worth getting a professional to look at them just to make sure the house is not subsiding. Hope this helps

    Answered on Dec 31 2009, Report content

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