Are there downlights? If the house is littered with recessed ceiling lights you will lose a lot of heat through the fittings unless they are special insulation coverable LED fittings (IC Rated). If they are halogen or standard incandescent downlights you should add LED’s to your budget to reduce heat loss and bills.
What extraction is there? Is there suitable bathroom, tumble dryer or kitchen extraction? Do they all vent to the outside? Getting rid of internal moisture is vital to a healthy home. Well sized extraction is very important. If it’s not there, budget for it.
Are there freshly painted areas? Do all the windows open during the open home? Sometimes signs of mould can be painted over to smarten up the home for open home viewing. Also homes with a musty smell may have all the windows opened up during the open home to mask some of the signs. Follow your nose and play close attention to ceilings and exterior walls. Warped or cracked window sills can also mean excess water has been a problem at some stage.
Check the windows – Look for cracked putty or mould around the inside of the window. These often need repair in many homes. Consider drafts and prevailing wind direction. If you are in a windy place you will want better fitting windows and wall insulation if possible. Consider the long term, if you want to install double glazing what’s the access like? If the home is in a hard to reach zone this will push up installation costs.
Get a home energy assessment or ask the vendor to get a free home energy inspection so you know where and what might need attention to create a warm, healthy and energy efficient home.
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