Are you looking to buy a new home or property? You probably already know some of the more obvious problems to look out for. But even when everything seems fine, there may be hidden issues lurking.
With your money and mental wellbeing at stake, it pays to be thorough in your research before taking the plunge on any property. Don’t just assume home inspectors will catch everything. If you know what to look for and can identify potential problems early, you might find that the seller is willing to foot the repairs.
1. Old Glazing and Damaged Frames
Always pay a little extra attention to the doors and windows of any property. Glazing that is damaged or in disrepair will not only reduce energy efficiency but also presents a security risk.
Also, look out for old, damaged, or rotting frames, as these may result in issues with leaks, mould, and pests.
2. Nearby Developments
You might be in love with the rolling hills, beautiful views, and wildlife now, but will it be there in the months and years to come?
Before you are led astray by the local beauty of the place, look into who owns the landscape around you and the chances of them selling it to a construction company. Check with the local council’s planning applications to see if there are any unpleasant proposals concerning the neighbours. After all, your light-filled rooms might not be so nice if your neighbours are planning extensions that will block out the sunlight.
You are pretty unlikely to run into rodents, bugs, and the like while viewing a property, but you might be able to see the signs that they’re there.
Woodworms, moths, rats, and moles can cause terrible damage and put a dent in your wallet if left unchecked. Things to look out for include moth-eaten carpets in the corners of rooms and any pinholes in the woodwork or bald spots on the lawn.
You might assume that the property you are getting is perfectly safe, but that may not be the case, especially if it’s an older property. For example, millions of older homes still contain lead-based paint, posing a health risk to children and pregnant women.
Never underestimate how miserable life can get if you find yourself butting heads with your neighbours. But unfortunately, it can be challenging to get to know them before moving in. So what to do?
The first step is to ask the current owners what they’re like and if they’ve ever had any problems. It may also be worth having a quick look at how they maintain their home and asking around the local community. Finally, if you get the chance, a friendly chat with them might give you an idea of what they’re like.
6. Weak Wi-fi
A strong internet connection is now a near-essential part of modern living, especially if you are working from home. Thankfully, a quick broadband speed test for the area and a word with the current owner should be ample enough to ensure the wi-fi will be up to standard for your needs.
7. Damaged Roof
Roofs are essential in protecting the property from the elements, yet so many of us fail to look up when viewing a property. Loose tiles, moss growth, and blocked guttering are all signs that things aren’t up to scratch and repairs are needed.
8. Dodgy Electrics
Not only is rewiring expensive, but old wiring can present a potential hazard for you and your family. So, when viewing a property, take a look at the state of the fuse board and the age of the sockets. It will also be good to check if each room has enough plug sockets in the right places for all of your appliances.
9. Large Trees
A large tree in your garden may seem like a bonus at first. But while it may look pretty, it can potentially cause issues down the line as roots can damage pipes and utility lines. Also, if the tree grows big enough, you might find yourself sitting in the dark in certain areas of your house.
Cutting a tree down later may not be as simple as you might think, especially if the tree is a protected species in your area. So, if you find a tree on the property you are viewing, get as much information as you can about it.
10. Bad Water Pressure
There’s nothing worse than turning on a tap only to get a trickle. Unfortunately, a variety of things can affect the water pressure of a home, including the time of day and area. So, be sure to test the pressure on home appliances. Also, check with your local water authority to find out where your nearest main supply is.