Moving house is one of the biggest changes that you can make in your life (and one of the biggest investments, too) and you need to be sure that you’re making the right decision. There is nothing worse than finding out that you’ve purchased a home that wasn’t what you thought it was, and now you’re stuck in a really difficult position, not quite knowing what to do.
This diligence is particularly needed if you purchase a home without a real estate agent. Before you hand over any money for what you think is your dream home, make sure that you look out for these five things.
Cracks in the walls
When you’re looking around that perfect house, make sure to look over all of the walls for any cracks. These things can indicate subsidence or other serious structural problems, and getting structural repairs done is not cheap (or easy). Before you hand over any cash, get a structural engineer to check out any wall cracks, to put your mind at ease about the state of the house.
Another thing to look out for is water damage, and this mostly manifests itself as stains and water marks on walls, and signs of mold, including a damp smell or mold itself. If this is an issue in your potential home, ask the current inhabitants whether they sought help and whether they had their water damage claim denied. This could be a serious and costly issue if so.
Heating is another thing that you should be checking before you move into your new home, as replacing a boiler is a pretty expensive job. Don’t be afraid to enquire more about the boiler and the condition that it is in, and when it was last serviced. Common issues can include boilers that constantly break, a loud noise appearing when the heating is turned on, and dangerous carbon monoxide levels.
If a house is already insulated, this will save you a lot of time and cash. Ask about attic insulation and other issues, such as how new the windows are, and whether the house retains heat. You’ll be splashing out a lot of cash each year if you’re paying for heating that just leaves your home, so inquire about existing insulation, and find out how much it would cost to put it in yourself if there isn’t any there.
Water pressure and electrics
The best thing that you can do before you say yes to your perfect home, is to try out pretty much everything that you can. Put the shower on, and see whether the water pressure is high or low. Check all of the light switches, the plug sockets, and anything else that you’re worried about. This is one of the biggest investments of your life, so don’t be embarrassed to check everything out.
So, before you purchase a house, make sure that you look for these five things, or you could live to regret it in the long-run. You’ll be glad that you did this when you avoid some nasty surprises, so be 100% sure about your new home!