POTENTIAL homebuyers viewing a home will be checking bedroom size and garden size - but there are several things that are important for buyers to check when viewing properties to avoid unexpected and costly problems in the long run.

The money team from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have told house buyers to ensure they look at water pressure and brickwork amongst three other things in order to avoid any expensive hidden problems. 

If buyers hope to make several viewings on the property, it’s a good idea to visit at different times of the day. 

Visiting when it’s light could show different, or more problems, than vising the property in the evening when it’s dark.

Undertaking these checks means that people looking to buy property know exactly what they’re purchasing and won’t be caught out by any hidden problems in the long run.

A spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “When it comes to viewing houses, ensuring there is enough space and that you can see yourself living there is the main goal.

“However, there are several things which you should be sure to check as you look around the property.

"Certain things may look good superficially, but when it comes to moving in and using them regularly, they could cause you problems.

“If you know of any potential issues before you put in an offer, you can tailor your offer to include budget for any repairs you might need to do as well.”

These are NetVoucherCodes.co.uk’s suggestions of what to check at a property viewing:

1. Water Pressure

You should check all the taps you can, for both hot and cold water. Although this may be something you can change easily once the property is yours, it could also be a symptom of a much bigger problem. There could be issues with the plumbing in the house or even the boiler which could cost a lot of money to sort out.

2. Electrics

A basic check to ensure there are plenty of sockets in each room will get you off to a good start. It can be expensive to re-wire the house if more sockets are needed. You should also check light switches and other electric appliances, such as showers and hobs work. If there’s a problem, you may need to pay for an electrician before you move in.

3. Exterior brickwork

A quick glance around the outside of the property can sometimes give you an idea of the condition of the brickwork and walls inside. Any damaged brickwork or pointing could mean that the inside of the property will be damp. Cracks can also mean there could be some serious structural damage which could be extremely expensive to correct. 

4. Gas supply

Consider what appliances you will be bringing or wanting to buy for the property. If you prefer to cook on gas, ensure the kitchen has a gas supply. Gas heating is often cheaper to upkeep than electric heaters too.

5. Roof and loft

Look out for damp and mould coming in through the loft. Any problems with guttering, such as overflow, may also cause problems. Also, look out for flat roofs – they can cause a lot of problem due to sitting water leaking through, but alternatively could make a great space for an extension.