What to look for

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By viewing several different properties you will have a clearer idea of what you and your housemates are looking for and what’s available for your budget. Make sure you look out for:

  • Signs of damp and mould
  • Locks on doors
    Ideally, every room in the house will have a lock on the door. Ensure your front door has a secure lock with a thumb turn lock.
  • Damage to property
    If a door is off its hinges or there are holes in the ceiling but you really like the rest of the property, make sure any verbal promises the landlord makes are written into the tenancy agreement. This way you can make sure the work is carried out for your arrival.
  • The condition of the exterior of the property
    Look out for broken guttering, cracked window panes and check the front door is in good condition.
  • Sufficient heating facilities
    Are there enough radiators throughout the house? There should be one in every room.

See Avoiding the Pitfalls for more information on what to look out for when trying to find your new home.

Download our house-hunting checklist (63kb PDF) to take with you when you’re house hunting.