When looking to buy a Devon property there are a few questions you should always keep in mind to make sure you end up buying the house of your dreams, rather than a home from hell.
When speaking to the seller, either directly or via a Devon estate agents there are a few questions you might need to ask:
- What exactly does the sale include – garage, size of land, fixtures and fittings etc
- How much is the current council tax bill and utility bills
- What are the neighbours like
- Has the loft been insulated
- Have there been any problems with the boiler and when was the last time it was inspected
- Does the property have cavity wall insulation
- Does the property have central heating, and if so how old is it?
- Is the property a listed building or is it in a conservation area
- Has the property been altered in anyway, and if so is it possible to see the relevant planning documents
When viewing the property there are some questions that you should be asking yourself.
- Does the property need any updating?
- What are the views like?
- Do the windows need updating, if it’s a wooden frame and you can press your fingers into them they could well be rotten
- Is there enough storage space?
- Are there enough power points?
- Are there any cracks in the walls that could be a sign of subsidence?
- Can you see any signs of damp?
- Is the pointing on the walls still intact?
If you find yourself struggling to answer any of these questions you might want to take a professional around so that they can point out any potentially problematic faults.
The biggest question you will have to ask though is one that only you can answer, does this feel like your home?