What to Look Out For When Buying a House?

Buying a house can be an exciting process. However, there are certain techniques that are popular with estate agents and home sellers to increase the chances of making a sale.

Selling a house is never easy, either. Sadly, many homes have been sold to hopeful buyers who have then been hit down the line with unseen bills and damage payments due to an unseen problem. Sometimes, these are not even bills, but the new homeowner might feel let down by the misdirection of the home sellers.

Unfortunately, these problems are not always known to the buyer due to subtle deceit from estate agents.

It’s always nice to feel at home whilst viewing new properties, but you must always possess a keen eye. If it’s all going too smoothly, there might be a problem bubbling underneath the surface unbeknown to you.

This is why it's always the best option to get a proper surveyor in to go through every nook and cranny. They'll be able to identify if anything is wrong with the property.

So here at My Big Move, we’ve compiled a list of 5 popular tricks of house selling that can drive your attention away from potential issues, and how we can help you from a nasty surprise. Keep an eye out …

1.) The Smell of Home

When you walk through the door of a listed property, you may enjoy the smell of freshly baked bread or brewing coffee wafting through the halls.  A popular scent for most homeowners: these smells can induce the feeling of warmth, comfort and peace.

Can you think of a better one you’d like in your home?  

2.) A Flashy Car

Nothing says that this house is worth buying like a flashy, executive car parked out front. If someone with wealth lives here, there is an inescapable comparison that you automatically make between you and the seller.

If you buy this house, does that mean you deserve a flashy supercar, too? Probably.

3.) The Mirror Illusion

Mirrors are great ornaments. These large expanses of pure reflection can be the perfect tool to create the illusion of more space. These are commonly found above the mantelpiece, in cramped hallways, above the stairs and they are also used in smaller rooms as wide draw-cupboards.

Always try and imagine the rooms without any ornaments in them! Even the tiniest spaces can appear bigger with a well-placed mirror in them. 

4.) Brighter Lightbulbs

When viewing a house, it is sometimes easy to forget how many necessities you’ll need to buy – curtains/blinds, mirrors, fridges, cupboards etc. Amongst these can also be light bulbs. You might be surprised at how much the power of a lightbulb can affect a room’s appearance.

If the bulb in question is casting a lot of light around the room, then they could be off when the seller leaves, too. Make sure to bring this matter up when making your way through the property.

5.) Minimal Furniture

For the seller, they’ll be looking at the best way for their smaller spaces to appear bigger. Another technique that is popular amongst home sellers is the temporary removal of furniture that was previously present. Sofas are shifted, tables are moved elsewhere.

You need to think about the function of a room when you make your way through it. Eyebrows must be raised if the large space appears unnatural or dysfunctional.


How My Big Move Can Help You

These multiple factors may be a way to paper over metaphorical cracks (or real ones!). For this reason, it’s always best to get a licenced Surveyor to come in and take a detailed look around every nook and cranny.

You can find the best Surveyors at My Big Move. We compare your local and trusted surveying companies so you don’t have to.

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