A recent survey by Compare the Market has found that 77% of Brit homeowners (more than three quarters) have found a fault with their new home after moving in.

The most common things that homeowners miss when viewing a property are mould and damp (24%), faulty wiring and dodgy electrics (22%), broken plumbing (20%), cosmetic issues with walls, ceilings and internal fixings (19%), and poor or no central heating (18%).

Other issues include either a lack of – or poorly positioned – plug sockets (17%), low water pressure (17%), and a lack of sunlight in the garden (15%). Compare the Market suggested that these issues aren’t cheap to solve, with the average cost of fixing them priced at around £5,000. Some problems – such as a lack of sunlight can be difficult to fix, depending on the cause of the issue and the placement of the house.

Speaking about the findings, Head of Mortgages at comparethemarket.com, Mark Gordon, told Property Wire:

“UK house prices are increasing substantially, and it’s a very competitive time for homeowners looking to sell their home, and for anyone looking to buy. We conducted this study to stress how important it is to undertake thorough checks on a house prior to purchase.

“It reveals the most common issues people miss when viewing a property, and how much Brits are spending rectifying these issues when they shouldn’t have to.”

It’s always a good idea to make a checklist when buying a new home as sometimes you can be too excited at the prospect of finding your dream house to be concerned about potential issues. Making a list and checking things off can keep you grounded and help you identify things you might otherwise ave missed. Some faults – such as electrical issues may be harder to detect too. Here are some things to look out for before you move, so you don’t find them in your home after moving in:

Mould and damp

Most damp issues should be picked up during a standard property survey. When you’re looking around the property, check the floorboards to see if they feel spongy. Inspect the walls for any signs of peeling paint or paper – or areas where it may have been repainted recently to cover the damp. Check in the back of cupboards for damp and use your nose to see if it smells musty or the air feels moist too.

Electrical Issues

Faulty wiring is of course much harder to spot and a standard survey won’t check this for you. If in doubt – particularly if buying an older house – get an electrician to inspect it for you and file an electrical installation condition report (EICR) . This will cost up to £200 but could save you thousands.

If socket placement is going to be an issue for you, make sure you check the sockets in every room and work out how much it might cost to put right if they aren’t sufficient, before committing to buy.

Plumbing Issues

Look out for water stains on the walls or ceiling, these could indicate leaking pipes. Check for limescale around the edges of taps – this means that the water here is hard and you will need t make sure you are equipped to deal with issues that may arise.

Be sure to test all the taps and showers before you buy to see what the water pressure is like. Try the shower furthest away from the water source; if this is OK, the rest of the house should be too. Some water pressure issues can be fixed with new taps or shower heads so it may not be the end of the world if it’s not flowing as you would like it to. Flush all the toilets and make sure they fill up properly too.

Check for leaking taps and check the age of the boiler. Again, if it is an older house you may want to get a plumbing survey and have everything inspected by a professional before you commit to buy. They can also test the central heating for you.

Bring me sunshine

If the garden lacks sunlight you may be able to remedy this by cutting down trees or moving fences, but in some cases nothing will work so make sure you think about this if a sunny garden is important to you. Think about where the sun will be at certain times of the day and when you are likely to be outside. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West – and South facing gardens are best. Take a compass when you when you look around if you need some extra help figuring this out!

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