Buying a property is something wonderful, especially if it is your first one. Some people don’t get the chance to buy a new home of their own for their entire life, so if you have the opportunity to actually have your own place and turn it into a home, then do the best you can.
It is pointless to say that every house has some issues that can’t be spotted on first sight, but here are some points that everyone can check and that shouldn’t be left out on trust alone.
As silly as it sounds, one of the mandatory checks that need to be performed is to check all the drains. The thing is that at a certain point between the house and the sewer there might be a backup. It can be anything from a dead animal to dirt from leaves or fallen branches. It is usually not a major problem, unless you flush a vast amount of water. In order to check the drains in a proper way try to run all there is at the house at the same time. If everything flows properly, you will know that a flood is not on the horizon any time soon.
The next useful tip is to go around the house and open each window. Window replacement doesn’t come cheap and it brings a lot of headaches like plastering and painting all around. Inspect carefully if any windows are stuck or worse, broken. This is a pretty common issue especially with old wooden windows.
Another piece of useful advice is to light a fire in the fireplace, when there is one. This may seem a bit odd, if you’re purchasing the property in the middle of the summer, but it can save you a lot of money and problems in the future. Although the chimneys are usually built by professionals, there are some cases in which they are not in pristine shape and the very least they need is some proper cleaning before the winter season.
Next in line, drink a bit of tap water. Quite often pipes in some of the old houses tend to add a little something to the otherwise clean city water. If this is the case, you can at least try to lower the price of the house or to ask the seller to install a proper filter. After all, even if you don’t drink tap water, you still use it on a daily basis and a rusty one just won’t do.
Having sorted these issues, now you can focus on electricity. The easiest way to do it is open the fuse box and check the cables. You can’t know for sure if everything is okay, but one quick view of the cables will paint a certain picture. Look around for any loose cables or ones with destroyed insulation, as this is always a hint that something in the electrical chain could be wrong and it is a good idea to call an electrician to check it out. Having done that, you should now try out the heating and cooling installation. Take some temperature measuring tools just to be sure that when the time comes, the climate in your home will be just perfect.
Last but definitely not least, check out the flooring in the house. If there are carpets installed, remove them (or at least a tiny part) to check the surface of the floor below. The best places to look should be at the lowest part of the room and, if possible, a corner. That’s the place where mould, if any, would be.
Of course, there is quite a lot more to look in a house, but those are the quick basics that anyone can do and that can save quite a lot of headaches in the future. Combined, the entire inspection will not cost you more than a few hours, so invest the effort and reduce the chance of buying a lemon to minimum.
What do you usually look for when buying a house? Maybe some of you have even smarter tips for buying the perfect home. Sound-off in the comments!