When you are looking to buy a home, it can be one of the biggest decisions that you will make in your life. It can also be an expensive one, so you want to make sure that you get it right. The thing is, though, we can spend very little time actually viewing a property. This can be fine, as long as you are looking out for the right things. Otherwise, it could end up costing you a lot more, if the house is in need of repair. So next time to go to view a property, take this essential checklist with you. Good luck!
Signs of Structural Damage
If there are signs of structural damage, then it could be an indicator that some repairs will need to be made. Cracks in the outside walls are a particular sign to look for. But how many of us actually follow that and look at the outside walls? If the house has a basement, then that is a great place to check for sounds of structural and foundation damage. If there are signs of damage, then it isn’t the end of the world. You could make a lower offer to factor in the cost of home foundation repair, for example. You just need to go into the purchase knowing everything; the good and the bad.
Check the Attic
This could throw your estate agent slightly, but checking the attic or loft space is a great way to check for potential damage. If the loft space smells of mould or there are other signs of mould up there, it could mean that there is a problem with the roof. Look for damp in the loft too. Again, you could just factor the cost of repairs into your offer price, but it is up to you. Checking how well insulated the loft is, is important too. Then it means the home is more economical.
Check the Plumbing
Water damage can be expensive to reverse. So check for signs of water damage near the plumbing areas. Are there stains or sagging walls or floors in those areas? Are there any cracks? You can get hands on when you view a house too. Check the taps for the water pressure and for how fast the water drains away. Then it gives you an indicator of how good condition the pipes are in and if they have been maintained. The same goes for the toilets too.
Check the Electrics
If you need to have a home rewired, then it can cost a lot. So check on the condition of the wiring and electrics when you look around the house. How many sockets are in each room? Do you think you’ll need more fitted? Locate the fuse box and check the condition of it. You’ll want it to be in good condition. You’ll also want to check how many systems there are. Do the fridge and freezer have it’s own circuit, to avoid that going out when the lights do? Knowing little things like this can make a huge difference.