Five Things to Look Out for When Buying a House

Buying a property of your own and moving into a new home is always an exciting prospect. However, prospective homeowners need to be cautious, as it is very easy and common to be enticed by the layout or price of a property to later discover that it is riddled with problems or needs costly repairs. Below you will find a checklist with the five most important things that you should look out for when moving into a new home.

Structural damage

Although cracks in walls, uneven floors, or gaps in windows and doors are relatively easy to spot, there are other signs to watch out for, as these could indicate serious structural damage that would make a house unsafe and require costly repairs. Pay special attention to any evidence of rot or damp, especially in bathrooms, window sills, and in walls near radiators. Bulging carpets, warped sections of wood, and leaning chimneys are also signs of serious structural problems.

The garden

It's easy to justify a neglected garden in a house that has not been occupied for some time. However, keep an eye on any evidence of invasive plants, such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, curled dock, ragwort, or Himalayan balsam. These plants can easily get out of control, and in the case of Japanese knotweed, can lead to structural damage.

The kitchen

Kitchens are the most expensive rooms to remodel and rebuild, so pay attention to the condition of wooden cabinets, damaged floorboards and to whether the appliances have been built-in or not.


Fitting a new heating system can cost thousands of pounds, so it's recommended to buy a home that is already properly insulated in both the walls and ceilings and has a full functional boiler and central heating system to avoid the expense later on. Mold and cold floors are common signs of poor insulation.

The area

Visit the area in which your prospective home is located at different times of the day to make sure that it is safe and free from excessive noise. You may also wish to talk to neighbours and get their opinions on the area.

As buying a property is such an important commitment, leave property surveys in the hands of professionals to avoid problems and disappointment. Here at Kutner Associates, we are a team of qualified surveyors with more than 17 years of experience carrying out professional and competitively-priced building surveys and homebuyer reports, so don't leave anything to chance and contact us today to find out how we can help you in the buying process.

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