1) Look at room sizes: are there any that seem out-ofproportion with the rest of the rooms? Could some rooms be used for other purposes? 2) Look at the layout: is it logical? For example, is the dining area close to the kitchen? Is there a bathroom on each floor that has a bedroom? 3) Do you have to pass through rooms to reach others? Will this matter? (It is fine to find a utility room tucked off a kitchen, but not the sole bathroom only reachable through a bedroom.) 4) Is there a garden and how is it accessed from the house? A narrow corridor leading to it or access only via a conservatory will make it less useable. 5) Compare the floorplan with the photographs: is there anything in the floorplan that worries you and, if so, do the photographs show you how the owners have dealt with this? It may not be so bad in real life. 6) Think about how you would like to use a home. Which rooms are important to you? Which rooms in this layout catch the most sunlight (most floorplans will have a north pointer). 7) Beware stairs: they can’t be dismissed out of hand, but look out for small half-landings with tiny rooms off them, sets of steps in hallways, tight turns or narrow staircases.