Whether you’re buying your first ever house or just moving from one home to another, it’s normal to be excited. It’s a big step; another stage of your life has just begun.
But in all of the excitement, you might end up forgetting to carry out some vital checks before you buy. You could potentially miss the tell-tale signs of mould, pest infestations, or something more damaging and sinister.
Of course, you’re unlikely to buy a house that has serious problems, but it can never hurt to be prepared. We’ve put together a handy home buyers’ checklist to help you keep track of all the essential inspections you should complete before buying.
Inspection 1: Check the Structure of the Property
You should always carry out a structural inspection before buying a home. This will show any problems with the property’s foundations, walls, ceilings, and roof.
Structural problems can be extremely costly to fix, so it’s best to avoid them altogether.
Take a look at the walls for cracks, holes, or unevenness. Check the structure of the ceiling, look for any signs of water damage, and check the floorboards for cracks, holes, or unevenness.
The cost of fixing structural damage is higher than anything else that could go wrong with a house, so it’s worth carrying out an inspection to rule this out. It’s also important to remember that, by law, the seller must provide you with the results of this inspection.
Inspection 2: Check the Roof
The roof is one of the most important parts of the house, as it protects the entire structure from the elements. Make sure to check the roof for any signs of damage or wear and tear.
Check the gutters and downpipes for blockages or damage. This could let water into your home, causing mould and damp. Although it might be unlikely, if left long enough unseen to, mould and damp can cause health problems.
You should check for leaks or wet patches around the roof, too. If you find any, try to find the source of the leak. The job will be easier to fix if the leak is small, but if it’s a large leak, you’ll probably need to replace the entire roof.
Inspection 3: Check the Drains
The drains around any home can be used as an indication of the drainage within the house.
If the drains are clean and clear, chances are that the drainage within the home is also clear. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should completely ignore the drains, but it can reduce the risk of any big problems.
To check the drains of a house, there are three steps:
- Firstly, check the drains themselves for any blockages or damage.
- Then, check your water meter for any signs of damage or malfunction.
- Finally, check the drains for any signs of leakage.
You can call a professional service, like District Drain Solutions, to carry out a homebuyer’s survey of the pipes and drains, if you suspect there might be an issue.
Inspection 4: Check the Electrical Wiring
Electrical wiring is usually hidden, so it can be hard to tell if there are any problems with it. That’s why you should always hire an electrical inspector to check the wiring before you buy.
An electrical inspection is an officially recognised inspection that will check the wiring inside the walls and in the roof. An electrical inspection will also check the external wiring connections and connections to the main switchboard.
Inspection 5: Check the Utilities
Inspect the house’s gas, water, and electricity supplies. You’ll also need to check the pressure of the gas and water supplies.
Make sure that there are no leaks or damage to any of the gas or water pipes.
To check the water pressure, turn off the water supply at the mains, then turn on a tap at the highest point of the house. If the water flow is low, then the pressure of the water may be low.
To Sum Up
These are just five of the most important checks to make before buying a house. As you can see, they’re all very easy to carry out, but they’re also very important.
If you carry out these checks before buying a house, you’ll avoid spending more on repairs later. Once you’ve found a home that passes these inspections, you can move on to the next stage of the buying process.