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Oct 21

Buying a house? Don’t forget to look out for these

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Buying a house can be an exciting but stressful time for most people. With all the paperwork, moving organization and inspections it’s not a surprise. With everything else going on it can be very easy not to take the time to look out for common problems with any house that you’re looking at. Whereas it is very important to make certain considerations before signing and committing to the sale. If you don’t it can come back to haunt you and cost you a small fortune in the future. 

Have a look below at some of the most commonly forgotten areas to check before signing for a sale: 

 

The Roof 

Needing to replace a roof can be extremely expensive, this means that you need to make sure you are checking the condition of the roof of any potential house. The roof’s that you see now only have a life expectancy of around twenty years, making it important to include this on your list of questions for your property finder or estate agent. If the house that you’re looking to buy has a flat or nearly flat roof you need to check what material was used when it was sealed. Things like gravel can mean that the seals aren’t up to scratch. Another thing to check is that the attic is well looked after, do you want to use it for storage or maybe a conversion? You need to make sure it is suitable before you sign the dotted line. How is the access to it? Has it been insulated? 

 

How Many PowerPoints Are There? 

It’s not only important to make considerations about the standards of the electric is a house, especially in an older house. Bad wiring can be dangerous and costly to replace. Checking the fuse board can give you a good indication of the standard of electrics through the whole of the house, so don’t be afraid to ask to see this. A surveyor will be able to confirm if it needs to be replaced. You should also have a think about how many plug points are in the house as this can be a huge selling point. It’s an increasingly digital world so this means that the need for power sources is growing. 

 

Is The Plumbing In Working Order? 

It’s advisable to check that areas such as the water pressure are efficient when buying a house. Don’t be shy when viewing a house, run the taps and check the pressure. Ask probing questions about insulated pipes, lead pipes and when the boiler was last serviced/replaced. If it’s the winter check that the radiators are working, if not ask the question. If you need to replace anything to do with the plumbing it can sometimes be an expensive job especially if the boiler is outdated or there is still a water tank in the roof. If the boiler hasn’t been serviced recently request that this gets done before you commit to buying. 

 

These are just three areas that you should be considering when buying a house, don’t be afraid to ask probing questions and seek the opinion of professional when making a large purchase. Do you have any other areas that you should be looking out for? Please share them in the comments section below. 

 

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