Going on a viewing
Things to think about before you go on a viewing:
• Condition of property
• Energy performance
Keep an eye out for damage to the property, including loose carpet, cracked window or door frames, damp and mould on the walls or ceilings, and broken furniture.
Student houses are especially vulnerable to burglary due to the high numbers of valuable items. Check the following things:
Do the doors and windows shut correctly?
Is there at least one, preferably two secure locks on your front and back door?
Does the house have a burglar alarm and does it work?
Is the garden adequately fenced and secured?
Fire and Gas safety
It’s the landlord’s responsibility to check your appliances and make sure they are working and safe. You can ask your landlord for a copy of the Gas certificate before you move in to the property.
Check the fire alarms; do they work? Are they in the kitchen and communal areas?
Does the house have fire doors (you can spot a fire door from the blue ‘fire door’ sticker or because it swings shut automatically)?
Is there a quick escape route out of the property?
Do the plug sockets appear to be safe and working?
The energy performance certificate should be provided free of charge. It is a legal requirement. It will be provided to you at the beginning of the contract period but you can also often find it online when you book to go on a viewing – this way you can estimate whether your future bills will be expensive or more affordable.
You can also visit epcregister.com to check the energy performance for the property you want to view.