There’s a huge difference between buying a house and creating a home, yet many of us spend more time trying to make a house into a home than we do undertaking research to consider if a particular home is really right for us in the first place.
Buying a home is one of the largest investments the majority of people tend to make, yet some recent research suggests the average amount of time spent making a positive decision on buying a house isn’t much more than thirty minutes.
Given that buying a house is one of the most significant purchases a person can make, thirty minutes doesn’t seem very long, however, it’s important to note this time amounts to the time spent viewing the property rather than doing research and legal checks.
When it comes to carrying out essential structural and maintenance checks you’ll want to ensure this is done professionally and thoroughly as the last thing you want is to have to get emergency plumbing due to an issue that went overlooked upon inspection.
Indeed, plumbing can be difficult to assess in a pre-property inspection due to the pipework being buried deep underground, meaning it is hidden out of sight. You might want to invest in a thorough sewer inspection where someone will come out with a sewer camera in order to inspect the main sewer line. You’ll also want to assess the age of the boiler, whether there are any clogged drains and signs of leaking pipes.
There are, however, other things to consider in your pre-property inspection that you can work out for yourself. Here are three aspects you should ensure you make enough time to properly inspect.
You can usually smell damp upon entry to a property but this only tends to be the case when things have advanced to significantly mature stage. This means that if the property doesn’t smell damp or musty, that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t suffering from damp.
In particular, you’ll want to check out the ceilings, windows and walls; looking for any staining or discolouration that could indicate previous leaks from things like a burst pipe. Also, check to see if there any signs of damp or mould on the walls (including inside covered areas such as walk-in wardrobes), and don’t forget to check the timber frames to see if they are showing any signs of rot.
- LIFE ESSENTIALS
Some things that can often be overlooked are aspects such as whether your phone works in the property, and it’s a good idea to check the broadband speed available in the area, before moving forward – particularly if you have a large family that spend a lot of time online. These little life essentials have become very important in today’s world.
- PLANNED DEVELOPMENT
If the property benefits from having a beautiful view, you’ll want to make sure there are no plans for development within the area, as what could be a nice view today, could turn into an eyesore in a few years time.