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having a second house viewing what do i look at/for all advice greatly welcomed

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right im in the position of thinking of buying a 4 bed detached house in north dorset owners had an open day last w/e and we (me&mrs&2kids) popped along and we really liked in its got 4 beds, on sui… Read More
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
right im in the position of thinking of buying a 4 bed detached house in north dorset
owners had an open day last w/e and we (me&mrs&2kids) popped along and we really liked in its got 4 beds, on suite in master, fitted wardrobe in all 4 bedrooms, garage, conservatory, drive way for 2 cars small front garden, decent south facing back garden and patio area ect

what do i need to look at on the second visit later today??

on the market current oieo £225k was on market in march @£265k

im in no chain and current owner is moving aboard with no chain ahead of him

if i still like after second viewing what do i offer in this buyers market and how do i get the best deal??

cheers the badger
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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banned#1
overall cunstruction look for the quality of the build are there any outside cracks in the brickwork or render , what are the fascia's , soffits and gutter like if these are rotting and need changing this will cost around £50 per liniar meter or more what are the windows like are the handles and hinges ok and not rusting even if they are pvcu windows the mechanical parts still need looking after serivceprice on an average window to change the espag mech and hinges will be £100 plus se be aware of these little details
#2
thanks yes good tips above guttering and soffits all recently done but will double check :thumbsup:

windows look ok but i havent opened any can i reasonable ask to open all the windows :thinking:

i spose i should try the sinks, bath, shower is this ok to do aslong as i ask the seller?:w00t:

anything else peeps
#3
Look for large cracks in brickwork, check the roof for dodgy tiles, look (and smell) for damp inside. Decide what work needs doing on it and if you can afford it and see if you like it as much as the first viewing. Trust your instinct! Good luck!
banned#4
the badger
thanks yes good tips above guttering and soffits all recently done but will double check :thumbsup:

windows look ok but i havent opened any can i reasonable ask to open all the windows :thinking:

i spose i should try the sinks, bath, shower is this ok to do aslong as i ask the seller?:w00t:


i wouldn't hesitate in opening the windows to have a look

if the fascia's and gutter have recently been done make sure that they were not capped over and the original timber was removed and replaced with pvcu fascia
#5
Exactly. You can check whatever you like... it's the most money you'll ever spend so it's got to be right for you.
#6
If this is a permanent move check out local schools' performance in league tables. Check proximity of schools, shops, hospitals and doctors. Check if doctor will come out at night for kids - some use only locums who don't know you.

What are local tradesmen like?

Have a look at neighbours' gardens - are they well kept or like a scrap yard? How close to pub - could be a good or a bad thing - go and visit it if it is close. Try to meet neighbours and chat if possible.

Drive, or better still, walk past house in evening to get an idea of what noise level is like from neighbours. Look for evidence of grafitti in area.

How many children the same age as yours live nearby?

Any planning proposals in the pipeline for the area? You don't want your view removed by a new Tesco or Housing development.

Check local crime stats from, for example, upmystreet.com

Hope this helps. :thumbsup:
banned#7
check the windows - I didnt when I bought mine, and wish I did. If they are not up to much you can reflect that in your offer. You can also ask to check the water pressure if they have a power shower etc.

Good luck mate!!
#8
all of above, also when u put an offer in put it a good few grand below asking, e.g 210,000 then work upwards. The agent shouldnt tell u cos of confidentiality but sometimes they will - ask if the vendor has given them a minimum price they are willing to accept.
Check here
http://www.houseprices.co.uk/
and see whether the house sold recently and what it went for, once u put the address in it will give u a guide to the price of the house now.
Hope this helps and good luck.

Oh yeah try and point out problems with the property to the vendor so a low offer is justified
#9
I say if you like it bid low. Don't be afraid to affer 5-10% lower as the number of perspective buyers are at an all time low. I have just been through a house purchase that concluded in July and managed to knock of a further 7% on an already heavily discounted property. Its a buyers market so don't be afraid the only thing they can say is no. Having no chain is also a plus. People love this as you are in a position where as you are at less risk than someone who is in a CHAIN. They would rather sell to you at a lesser price than a person in a chain as you are gauranteed fast money. :)
#10
I would probably offer 210 and maybe negotiate up to 215, be careful not to go much further though
banned#11
Gutters tend to be the first to start showing wear and tear, check there are no signs of leaks (as this can cause damp)

Inside look if the heating system is up to date and serviced, look for the state of the carpets, and kitchen appliances. Look also if the bathroom needs updating. Then look at general fixtures and fittings you may want to get thrown into the deal, like a light fitting that loiks nice. Also are they leaving the phone line connected, are they leaving a sky dish up, are they leaving wellie bins.

Finally look at any outbuildings and land disputes, ask what the relationship is with neighbours etc. Last thing you need is to move in mext to a nasty neighbour (trust me its the pits when that happens).
banned#12
Keep in mind they have already reduced, probably for a quick sale. I would imagine they dont have much more in the pot. If you like the house and can afford the price, I'd start at £215k and see if they accept, then try £220k. after that you are on your own.

Remember when putting your price forward to point out all the negatives, like 'I want to offer £220k but because the kitchen needs remodelling I'm gonna have to pay out for that so I'll offer £215K'
#13
sounds like a good price to me for a 4 bed detached house.
#14
thanks all above

i live less than 1/2 mile from this property so schools, doctors ect i know and like

its seems a great price at 225k but im going to offer less as its a buyers market and im not in a chain
#15
Sounds nice. I'm in Dorset as well. Whereabouts is this one (Don't worry - I'm not about to gazzump or anything!!!) Just being nosey.
#16
melmorc
Sounds nice. I'm in Dorset as well. Whereabouts is this one (Don't worry - I'm not about to gazzump or anything!!!) Just being nosey.

when me offers been excepted ill tell ya:thumbsup:
#17
Any garage or room for one?

Don't be afraid to start with a low offer, you can always move up, never down.


You will no doubt have a survey done, so don't worry to much about missing anything.


Good luck.;-)
#18
Badger, assuming you are selling a property, can i ask if you ordered your HIP pack online? Reason I ask is I am just about to order mine on line and wondered who you had done yours through....:oops:

Need to get mine done quite speedily.,
#19
yellowsticker
Badger, assuming you are selling a property, can i ask if you ordered your HIP pack online? Reason I ask is I am just about to order mine on line and wondered who you had done yours through....:oops:

Need to get mine done quite speedily.,


hi yes a selling a property but to a member of my family do i need a hip??:?
#20
cannyscot

Drive, or better still, walk past house in evening to get an idea of what noise level is like from neighbours. Look for evidence of grafitti in area.

:thumbsup:


best advice in the thread, bad neighbours can ruin a house purchase and during the day it may seem quiet , you MUST go past a few times on a night to check it out and see whats what, if any gangs are sat in front gardens drinking etc.
#21
i would like to say a big thank you to all the above posters for there advice and tips this site is great for deals and in my eyes even better for this sort of thing as people who can be bothered to write are generally hopfully and supportive with a hint of humor which i love cheers all

ps second viewing went well in the fact we still like the property and area it just down to the penny fairies now i'll keep this thread up dated with any news thanks again :thumbsup:

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