If you are looking to buy a house in the UK, buyers need to be aware of what they are getting themselves into.  Buying a home is the single biggest purchase of your life, and getting it wrong could prove very costly.  So we thought we would gather together our list the main things to look out for and consider when buying a home.

Our first tip is community based, and we think this is important as many people do not ever consider this process when they are interested in a house.  If you find a house you like and are serious about it, spend some time checking out the neighbourhood. 

Location is important and you should try to get an idea of what the location offers you.  Try to visit local amenities like shops, pubs and restaurants and get a feel for the general area.

Our second tip is quickly becoming the norm for property buyers but it is important to mention none the less.  Get your phone out and take pictures and videos of all the homes you go to view.  This will help you to make decisions later and will become a point of reference for that individual house.

Thirdly, you should look carefully at the condition of the house itself.  Here’s a list of the major things that should be avoided:

  • Damp – wet spots, mould and condensation are tell tale signs that damp has been a problem with the property for awhile
  • Ceilings – check for cracks, stains and leaks – these can be costly to rectify
  • Doors and windows – check them all
  • Heating – check the central heating system works and make sure the radiators get hot
  • Exterior – check walls, woodwork, windows from outside
  • Attic space – check the attic space and look at the roof beams and make sure there is no damp