viewing a home

There are many considerations, some less obvious than others, when looking to buy a new home. Here is a list we think are useful to get you started.
  • Check the property specification carefully - find out which fixtures and fittings are included and what will cost extra
  • Find out what will be built on sites nearby
  • See if you can get the layout and decor you prefer
  • If you are struggling to sell your property, ask if the developer will do a part exchange
  • Ask what discounts and incentives are available - developers usually have great deals for first-time buyers and buy-to-let investors
  • Visit the property/area at different times and on different days to get an idea of how busy/noisy the area gets
  • Speak to people on the street about living in the area
  • Find out what you can about the local area
  • Think about how you could use each room. Will your furniture fit in? (don’t forget to take measurements of your favourite/largest pieces of furniture before going on viewings)
  • Ask if the property is a listed building or in a conservation area as this may limit the changes you can make to it in the future
  • Request a demonstration of the heating and plumbing
  • Ask if any gas and electrical checks have been done recently
  • Look behind furniture and curtains for signs of damp or damage
  • Ask your solicitor to obtain buildings regulations certificates if recent work has been carried out on the property
  • Ask about council tax, utility, service charges and ground rent bills
  • Find out why the seller is selling and if they are keen to sell quickly
  • Ask how much interest/viewings the property has had so far
This list is provided as a guide only and may not reflect your individual circumstances. You should obtain professional advice when buying or selling a property and Cumberland Estate Agents Limited accept no liability if you rely on the content of this checklist and do not obtain professional advice.
Find out how much you could borrow and monthly repayments using the Cumberland Mortgage Calculator.