Property Viewing Checklist

Property Viewing Checklist

When viewing a property to buy, there are several key factors you should consider. We’ve compiled a general property viewing checklist as a starting point for you. Here are some important aspects to look for:


  • Amenities: Check the proximity of the property to essential amenities such as schools, hospitals, supermarkets, and public transportation. Convenience is a key factor in daily life.
  • Safety: Research the safety of the neighborhood, including crime rates and the presence of security measures like street lighting.

Structural Condition:

  • Walls and Roof: Look for cracks, water stains, or signs of structural damage on walls and ceilings. Inspect the roof for missing tiles or sagging areas.
  • Foundations: Check for cracks in the foundation, as this can be a costly issue to repair.


  • Windows and Doors: Ensure that windows and doors open and close properly. Check for drafts, as this can affect energy efficiency.
  • Plumbing and Electrical: Inspect for leaks, water pressure, and the age of the plumbing system. Test light switches and outlets for functionality.

Size and Layout:

  • Space: Determine if the property offers enough space for your current and future needs. Consider factors like the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas.
  • Layout: Think about the flow of the property. Is it practical and does it suit your lifestyle?

Natural Light:

  • Orientation: Consider the orientation of the property in relation to the sun. South-facing properties tend to get more sunlight during the day.
Property Viewing Checklist

Energy Efficiency:

  • Insulation: Ask about the insulation in the walls and attic. Well-insulated homes are more energy-efficient and comfortable.
  • Double-glazed Windows: These help with both energy efficiency and sound insulation.

Outdoor Space:

  • Garden or Yard: If there is outdoor space, assess its size, maintenance requirements, and privacy. A well-kept garden can add to the property’s appeal.

Parking and Accessibility:

  • Parking: Check if there is adequate parking space for your needs, especially if you have multiple vehicles.
  • Transportation: Consider the availability of public transportation options and the distance to major roads or highways.

Noise and Surroundings:

  • Noise Levels: Spend time at the property during different times of the day to assess noise levels from traffic, neighbors, and other sources.
  • Neighboring Properties: Consider the condition and upkeep of neighboring properties, as this can impact the value and aesthetics of your own property.

Legal Considerations:

  • Boundaries: Verify property boundaries to avoid potential boundary disputes in the future.
  • Planning Permissions: Check if any recent changes or extensions to the property have been approved by the local planning authority.
  • Restrictions: Be aware of any restrictive covenants or easements that could affect how you use the property.

Future Potential:

  • Extensions: If you plan to expand or modify the property in the future, research local planning regulations and consult with professionals to ensure your plans are feasible.

Remember that purchasing a property is a significant investment, so it’s crucial to be thorough during the viewing process. If you’re uncertain about any aspect of the property you can speak with us in more detail and hire a surveyor to provide a detailed assessment before making a final decision.

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