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5 Top House hunting tips for first time buyers

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For first time house buyers, there can be a lot to remember, especially when it comes to actively house hunting. Missed signs of damp, poor insulation or broken heating can cost a pretty penny on top of the already extensive fees from estate agents, and the cost of the house itself. Those of us who have already bought houses in our lifetimes will know the struggles, so here are some house hunting tips for first time buyers that you may not have heard yet.

View more than once

House hunting can be exciting and nerve wracking all at once, and many people will decide on a house after just the first time of seeing it. Maybe the location is perfect, or it has just enough storage space to house all your miscellaneous bits and bobs. This can be a major mistake. 

Before deciding to make an offer on a house, you should aim to view it 2-3 times, at different times of the day. Seeing a house in the day can show up some flaws that you may miss in the evening dusk, such as damp or mould. Viewing in the evening or at weekends can give you an insight into how your future neighbours might be- they could be at work during day time hours, but come evening they might like to party. Knowing this beforehand prepares you for any potential problems with neighbours that might come up in the future.

Usual checks

This is a tip that you may know to heart even before going to your very first viewing- checking for damp and mould. The most likely places to look for these are in the bathroom, in corners of rooms and around windows. Don’t be shy of looking around furniture as well, especially if it impedes on being able to see into these potential problem areas. You’d rather slightly offend the soon to be previous owners than come to find out that there is a serious damp issue that could cost you hundreds of pounds to put right. 

There are some other standard checks that you should consider making the time for, and this includes checking that all windows in the house open and close easily, and the plumbing or heating works well. These may initially seem like insignificant things to check, but when you need to replace broken windows or plumbing in the winter, you’ll wish you had checked.

Check the signal

The modern day world relies so heavily on mobile phones, whether that be to stay in contact with loved ones, do a little online shopping or even just play games. So how would you feel if you moved into a house with poor signal? 

Checking each room for how well your phone connects to mobile internet or sends/receives text messages could mean the difference between staying connected and feeling isolated. 

Check the risk of floods

Imagine this scenario: you wake up after a night of heavy rainfall, only to find your basement a foot under water. Flooding can be extremely costly, as well as carrying unwanted bacteria into your home. Without an easy way to pump the water out, you may be stuck with belongings under water for some time. 

The cost of replacing all of your damaged items and then putting in preventative measures can be avoided by doing a little bit of research on the area. This needs to go beyond looking up your nearest local pub or the closest public transport links. Use the UK Government long term flood risk checker to research the postcode of a house to check the risk of flooding.

Look at storage space

Now this is an issue close to our hearts. Before house hunting, take stock of what you have in your current place of residence and how much space it takes up. Unless you are planning to declutter your belongings (if you are then we have a stellar blog for the best tips for decluttering you should check out), then you will need a place that can house all of it. 

Also keep in mind that you may even expand on your belongings once you move. This is because, if you’re a first time buyer for a house, you may not have everything you need in order to live day to day. For example, it’s likely that you may not have all the kitchen equipment you may need straight from moving out of living with your parents. So think about what you might need to add to your belongings to live comfortably, and ensure there is room for that too. 

For help with storing your belongings before or after your first move, contact a member of our team or check out our current self storage locations!