Moving Home Checklist

Our house moving checklist will help you:

  • Figure out what to look for when on a property viewing
  • Avoid costly mistakes and help you negotiate a better price for the property
  • Save you time and hassle

If you would just like to print out our moving checklist for when you attend a viewing, then you can download the PDF's below.

   

Moving Checklist for Potential Issues

When you go on a viewing for your potentially new house, it's important to be aware of any issues that might affect the property.

Use our property checklist as a reminder to avoid any nasty or hidden issues.

Central Heating/Boiler

  • Has there been regular maintenance and servicing on the boiler?
  • Look for a date on the servicing sticker or booklet - is this within the last twelve months?

Electrics

  • Check the fuse box to get an indication of how old the electrical circuits are
  • Check the condition of the sockets, old sockets may suggest the rest of the wiring is not up to date

Roof and Attic

  • Are there any missing, cracked, misaligned slates or tiles?
  • Do the gutters have any holes, do they appear solidly fixed, or are there signs of blockages?
  • Is the chimney leaning or bulging, or are there any signs of damage?
  • Can you get easy access to the attic space? If there is no ready access, it could indicate that the attic is not checked regularly
  • Are there any damp patches in the attic or around the house?

Alarms

  • If there is a burglar alarm, is it remotely monitored, and does it have a maintenance contract?
  • Are there smoke alarms installed and do they work?

Pests

  • Check the attic for any sign of wasp nests?
  • Look for teeth marks on boxes or bags in the attic and mouse droppings

Windows

  • Do the windows fit properly within their frames? Any gaps could cause rattling and indicate a bodged job
  • Check for any misting within double glazed units as this indicates the seal is damaged
  • Check whether the windows which open are lockable, and check whether any have been painted shut

Doors

  • Check the locks on all the doors to the property to ensure they are secure and have been correctly installed
  • Do the door and/or window locks have keys, and if so how many sets?

Radiators

  • Are there any signs of damp patches under the radiator valves or are they rusty?
  • Are there any signs of rust on the radiators themselves?

Damp

  • Look out for patches of damp or mould - whilst these could be a result of a temporary leak, they may indicate something more serious
  • New patches of paint, plaster or strips of wallpaper may be hiding a problem

Drains

  • Check outside for smells from any drains - this may indicate that there is a blockage or other problem
  • Check that any drain covers are secure and don't have any cracks
  • Check to see whether the drains have become clogged with leaves
Jonathan Rolande

Authored by Jonathan Rolande

Jonathan started in the property industry in 1987 and has extensive knowledge of the property buying sector. Jonathan is also an avid supporter for more regulation in the industry that protects sellers.

Last updated on 30/06/2016 by Jonathan Rolande.

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