5 Things to Look Out For When Viewing A Property

Buying a new home can be an overwhelming process, making it easy to overlook the little things. Your priorities when viewing a property are likely to be checking the size of the bedrooms, measuring the practicality of the location and sussing out your soon-to-be neighbours.

However, this might mean that you’re missing important warning signs.

What to look for when viewing a property

To make sure you get the home of your dreams, we’ve created a list of 5 things that you might forget about, but which you should look out for when viewing a property:


1. Damp

Exposure to damp can be damaging to both your health and that of your house, which is why it is important that you look out for it in any prospective home.

Tips for spotting damp:

–   Look out for an unusual, mouldy smell.

–   Inspect the area of wall around the skirting board for watermarks.

–   Check the skirting board for decay – damp can often erode and damage this.

–   Look out for flaky, discoloured or crumbling plaster.


Homeowners will often redecorate their house in preparation for selling. However, you should be aware that a recently decorated room could be hiding the evidence of damp.

If you have recently moved into a property with damp, follow these steps to treat it:

–   Fix the cause of the leak (don’t be afraid to get expert advice on this).

–   Keep the affected room ventilated – consider buying a dehumidifier or fan.

–   Regulate the room’s temperature – changing from one extreme to the other is an inviting environment for damp.

–   Once solved, redecorate the room with fresh plastering, a lick of paint and some new skirting board.


2. Furniture

It is easy to fall in love with a property, but bear in mind that it might not look as perfect when you finally move in. Furniture plays a big part in how you see a property, make sure you think about the design of each room and ask the right questions:

–   Does it come fully furnished? If it comes part furnished, find out which pieces of furniture are staying. If it comes unfurnished, will your items look as good?

–   Assuming it is fully furnished, how old is the furniture?

–   Will the existing furniture clash with the items you own?

–   Is it as comfortable as it looks? Make sure you sit on chairs, lay on beds and inspect storage solutions to be sure.


3. Upkeep

Buying a property can be an expensive step to take, which is why you should look out for potential basic upkeep and maintenance costs. This could include chipped walls, peeling wallpaper, scratched skirting board, stained window sills, or damaged floors.

On your second or third visit to the property, make note of all the repairs you might have to make, in order to calculate an average cost.

These small damages also provide great insight into the general state of the house – if the owners are happy for you to see stained carpets, what else could they be hiding from you?


4. Windows

As a key external and internal feature of a property, windows are a great indicator of the overall condition of a home. Don’t be afraid to touch and closely inspect this feature as it could reveal damage you might otherwise have missed.

What to look for:

–   Rotten window frames or internal window sills: if they are rotten you should be able to easily push your finger into them.

–   Faulty double-glazing: if you can see condensation between the double-glazing it is faulty.

If you live in a property with rotten internal window sills, consider installing either a MDF or Chip Board replacement. This is an easy solution that could help save costs on repair and time on installation.

View our MDF and Chip Board Internal Window Sills.


5. The plumbing

Damaged plumbing can be a significant drain on your budget. To save money, make sure that you check each part of the plumbing:

–   Check the structural survey to assess whether the drainage system is reliable.

–   Check the toilets flush properly.

–   Run the taps and showers to check the water pressure.

–   Check the radiators are working.

–   Ask questions: are the pipes insulated? How old is the boiler?  Have you had problems with plumbing in the past?

If you’re looking for skirting boards, window sills, architraves, or door linings/casings, and need more information on the best product for you, contact The Skirting Board Shop today at help@theskirtingboardshop.co.uk or call us on 0800 048 0786.