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It has happened to all of us that, when we begin the adventure of looking for a house to buy, we face the ignorance of everything that we must take into account in each visit to value the home well.

In today's post, we give you some tips so that you know what to look for on your next visit and the questions you should bring prepared to make the most of the appointment.

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  1. ** Observe the condition of floors and walls as well as skirting boards and corners.

It is very likely that the first time you enter a house you will look at the spaces, light, decoration ... but it is important that you pay attention to the small details. If it is about laminate flooring or parquet, take note to be able to take it into account in the final price negotiation

  1. Heating and air conditioning systems .

Make sure everything works properly during the visit. This can be done especially on the second or third visit when the purchase decision is already more advanced.

  1. State of the farm and community .

Depending on the years old that the farm is and its current state, you can determine the expense that it will entail in the future. The situation of the community of owners. Ask the current owner, the rest of the neighbors or the administrator of the property, if the house is up to date with payments, what maintenance works have been carried out on the property and which ones they plan to carry out in the coming months.

  1. Orientation

The orientation of a building is key. It influences the luminosity, the temperature and even the humidity level. Depending on the region and the climate, it will be convenient to have one or the other.

  1. Exterior noises.

The noise level from outside can also give many clues about the insulation of the house. The activity in the area, its proximity to roads with traffic, the neighbors ... Ensuring that the home is quiet is essential. Therefore, it is recommended to observe the noise level both with the windows open and closed. And, if possible, visit the home at different times of the day.

  1. Water pressure

It may seem a bit strange to visit an apartment and start turning on the taps, but it is more than recommended. In fact, the ideal would be to test all the outlets (or at least the sink and shower) and make sure that the water, both hot and cold, has pressure to avoid surprises later.

  1. Cabinets .

Do not hesitate to look inside the state of the cabinets to avoid surprises. Closets that are well lined will save you money after buying the house and will ensure that your belongings are better preserved and protected.

  1. Humidity

We may miss one of the most unequivocal red flags. Moisture, which has the ability to not be perceived at first sight and is easily concealed, but not so easy to eliminate. If we see them, it is because they have not been eradicated or at least, not easily. That is why we recommend that you inspect all the nooks and corners, removing, if necessary, even the curtains.

  1. Insulation

A house with an insufficient capacity to isolate the cold or heat will suppose us discomfort accompanied by a too high expense in energy and air conditioning.

  1. Consumption

Natural gas, butane, diesel? The type of home and the type of heating will influence energy consumption and, therefore, the bill for the main supplies.

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Before or after the visit, it will also be essential to check these data:

  • The registration situation . Go to the Property Registry and request a simple note or registration certificate. The document indicates who is the owner of the home and if they have any charges: mortgage, liens, etc.

  • The urban situation. Go to the corresponding town hall and check what plans could affect the house or the building, such as green area, sidewalk line, height, etc. They could be in the study or public consultation phase.

  • The cadastre. Check with the town hall and check the meters of the house and its situation. Also, find out about the IBI of the house: how much it costs and if it is up to date with the payment.

  • Consultation in the Technical Building Inspection . Make sure that the farm does not suffer from any structural deficiencies, such as aluminosis. Energy certification. Check if you have this mandatory certificate to make the sale and what rating the home has obtained.

  • Situation of water, electricity and gas supplies . Check that there are no bills to paid


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