When viewing a property whether it is to rent or to buy you should always be on the lookout for any problems that are likely to occur in the future or may in fact already be an issue. The potential problems for an older property are endless and something that should be in the front of any potential renter or owner's mind. Here’s a list of a few red flags that may signal that the property you want to rent or buy is run down:
Even though the likelihood is that you’re choosing to view a property in a nice area it doesn’t mean you should devalue any security concerns you have. Upon entering the property make sure you dedicate some of your attention to the doors and windows. Are there any clear signs of damage? Does the agent appear to struggle with the handle/lock? These are things that can take a second to notice but can make a real difference in your experience within the property. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home.
If the property has any outdoor space such as a garden or garage also be sure to check the door or fencing that will secure it. If you are going to be storing any valuable goods outside the property you want to be sure that they are safe.
When you go to view a property always ensure that you pay as much attention to the outside as you do the inside. Keep your eyes peeled for cracks or any signs of mould. This is important because even if the inside of the property is immaculate, any damage to the outside could leave you worse off. Exterior damage can lead to leaks, water damage and mould. This will cost you not only to repair the interior structure but also to repair or clean any of your own belongings that have been damaged.
Another warning sign to look for both on the exterior and interior of the property. Look for any exposed wires or pipes. If these are not visible ensure that what is covering them isn’t damp in terms of the plumbing or makeshift over wires such as tape or plastic. This is extremely important for not only the wellbeing of the property, but of the tenants as well. Damaged electricals could easily start a fire in your home whilst you are asleep or be a danger to any children or animals you have in the property. If something doesn’t look right by sure to ask the Agent/Landlord about it.
Old Roofing/Broken Guttering
A question that most tenants forget to ask is regarding roofing maintenance. This will also include the clearance of the gutter to avoid any blockages and build-up of water. This is extremely important. This is especially important if you are planning on buying the property or seek it for long term rent. The best way to avoid any issues caused by rain during the typical British downpours and storms is to ensure that preventative maintenance is in place so it is avoided altogether. Landlords or Estate Agents should have this information ready to give you so don’t be afraid to ask for it.
Overall, going on a viewing of a property and looking for red flags all seems a bit pessimistic when you are on the search for your dream home. However, what you should remember is that it’s only yourself that will suffer if these checks aren’t done, especially if you are buying the property. As discussed, a Landlord or Estate Agent should be more than happy for you to ask for any information you require to make yourself comfortable with renting or buying the property. They also shouldn’t make you feel bad for wanting to check everything is in order in terms of preventative maintenance. Even if this means you are wanting to check the interior and exterior of the property for any red flags.
Disclaimer: Ezylet is not qualified to give legal or financial advice. Any information shared in the above blog is an opinion based on personal experiences within the property rental sector, and should never be construed as legal or professional advice.