Moving into a new property is an exciting time, whether you're renting or buying, but the excitement can soon fade if you don't ask some valuable questions before you sign on the dotted line.
Here at Portico, we want your home moving experience to be as pleasant and easy as possible, so we've put together these 10 important things that you should check before you decide to move into a property. From what questions to ask, to simple things you should check, make sure you're all set before you move into your potential future home.
1. What's included?
Confirm whether the previous occupant is planning to leave anything behind, and if you don't want what they're planning to leave, confirm what the plan is to take it out.
2. Breakages, fixtures and fittings
If there are any breakages or damage, raise any concerns at the point of viewing the home so you can come to an agreement on what will be fixed before you move in.
3. How's the lease?
If you're buying the property, make sure you ask important questions, such as the length of lease left on the home and, if it's in a shared building, what the service charges are. These are integral questions to ask before you commit.
If you're renting, what fees will you incur? From deposits to rent in advance, make sure you know and can afford all of these upfront.
5. The previous occupants
Find out why the previous occupant is leaving and how long they've lived there, who the neighbours are etc. The more you understand about the property and the area, the more you'll know if it's the right one for you.
6. Does everything work?
Test taps, showers, radiators, plug sockets and white goods to make sure you're happy with the working order of everything. If you make the agent aware now, arrangements can be made to fix anything you're unhappy with. Maybe ask the previous occupant or estate agent what work has been done on the property in previous years to understand the lifespan of appliances, such as the boiler.
7. Signal issues
How is the signal and wifi in the area? Check your phone signal whilst at the property and check online how good the wifi is in the area.
If possible, obtain from the previous occupant the rough running costs, including council tax, gas, electric and water to make sure these are all affordable for you.
9. The local area
What are the local amenities like? Take a wander around the area and see how far the local shops and transport links are from the home. Is there a doctors and dentists? Is there a school and are you in the catchment area?
10. Outdoor space
Is there parking? If there isn't allocated car parking, are there any restrictions on the immediate roads which could affect you? If there's a garden, is it yours or shared? Make sure you find out if you're responsible for the upkeep.
Asking all your questions before you move in will hopefully mean you have a smoother transition into your new home, so you can settle in and start enjoying it sooner!
If you're looking for your next home, why not see what Portico have on offer? Click here to see homes we have for rent and click here to see homes we have for sale. Happy hunting!