Unless you’re the MD of a large company, a house is the biggest thing you’ll ever buy. So be thorough.
Open a good selection of cupboard doors and windows. Check the taps and the light switches. If the lights are on during the day, turn them off – does that make the room too dark?
Find out about the age of the boiler and the wiring. Check out the number of power points. Feel the heat of radiators, from top to bottom. Find out if your mobile works here.
Look in the loft (take a torch) and in the cellar, if there is one. Look up at the ceiling – not just for cracks, but because ceilings rather than floors give you the best idea of floor space.
Be wary of unusual smells, whether it’s a sewage smell in the garden or the musty smell of damp in the dining room. Unexpected smells are often warning signs.
Ask polite, but direct questions about anything you’re not sure of.