When it comes to buying a property, especially if it is your first time, there can be an immense feeling of excitement. One can quickly find themselves imagining scenarios of their life in various rooms, impressing furniture and interior design ideas upon rooms. This sensation shouldn’t be entirely avoided as it is important that a property you may potentially buy inspires you enough to feel like a home. However, there are a number of more practical considerations to make alongside them.
The following examples should form the beginning of a checklist that is taken with you when examining a property, giving you important topics of discussion for the seller or estate agent. They are important for a number of reasons, though, namely, it is saving the costs of time and money, both of which can be crucially important to a new property, especially if a buyer finds themselves in a chain.
Behind The Scenes
While a buyer may not have too much of an opportunity to investigate the entire structure’s wiring and plumbing, these are essential areas to scrutinise and must at least be investigated enough to put one’s mind at ease that they won’t cause issues down the line.
Not only do wiring and plumbing faults cause potential dangers for those occupying the property but they can trigger substantial financial costs too, often requiring structures, such as floors and walls, to be taken apart before a specialist is brought in to repair or replace what has been previously installed. Initial inspectors of the property should identify these issues but it is relatively easy to catch them early with a little investigation.
Gardens are growing in demand. A greater number of buyers, in the wake of the international health crisis, are seeking to have their own outdoor space. And, while there are many benefits to be enjoyed with a garden, they must be carefully considered to ensure that they don’t cause issues down the line.
Flooding and soil integrity are crucial factors to check. Also, it is important to consider what is currently growing in the soil, as potentially invasive and harmful plants, such as hogweed and Japanese knotweed, can be hugely problematic for homeowners. Consider, also, the quality of garden layouts and design of garden sheds, their quality and placing may reveal fundamental qualities, or issues, of the garden itself.
Look To The Sky
A home’s roof is paramount to the ongoing safety of inhabitants and properties. Over time, they can deteriorate and lose their resilience to the weather. If they are in need of repair, it can be costly, a factor that should be considered when making an offer. However, if issues are not addressed or identified, they can soon lead to issues such as leaking, which may not be immediately identified but only gradually manifest as dampness or mould.
If there is an attic space to the home, be sure to explore it because, as well as viewing a roof from outside, it will do well to reveal any potential issues.