Checklist for viewing a property

Things to consider

The Location

  • Does the area have the local amenities you might need?
    • Shops
    • Schools and child care
    • Doctors/hospital
    • Public transport
    • Food and entertainment
  • Are there any local council planning changes or planned infrastructure developments in the near future?
  • How long will it take you to travel to work?

Inside the property

  • Check what is included – carpets, curtains, blinds, light fittings, air conditioning, heating and any appliances
  • Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms?
  • What is the condition of the electrical wiring?
  • Does the plumbing work?
  • Are walls, ceilings and floors in good condition?
  • Is the kitchen in good condition?
  • Do all the windows and doors open and close?
  • Is there enough storage space?
  • Is there space for your fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer?

Outside the property

  • Is there off-street parking?
  • Is the building structurally sound?
  • Are there signs of damp around the house (eg bubbling paint, a musty smell)?
  • What is the condition of paintwork, windows, fences, gardens, roof and guttering
  • Is it possible to extend the property in the future?
  • How much northerly sunlight does it get?
  • Is there external noise from traffic, trains, planes


Use our checklist when inspecting properties so you can compare the pros and cons. Happy house hunting!


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