Buying a property can be one of the biggest purchases you make in your lifetime. Sure, a lot of the decision comes down to budget and whether you can afford it. But mostly people tend to go off how they feel when they walk through the door. Does it feel like you could live there? Do you sense a good atmosphere? Sometimes we can’t predict when that feeling will take place. For some of us, that means saying yes to the property and going ahead with the contracts. However, after surveys and checks, you get the keys and still things can go wrong. So prepare yourself with my prompts to avoid your very own DIY SOS.
The one place we can forget to check
When we look at a property, we can just look at it from the front or the side and think all is good. But the place we tend to spend very little time checking over is the roof. However, this can be one of the biggest causes of problems within the home. Even a slate becoming loose could cause damage when it drops. Potentially landing on someone and causing injury. Or a hole could develop leaving your internal home open to the elements. Water could then creep in and cause mold or damp to the internal structure, or the ceilings. In the worst case scenario that ceiling could become so heavy with water damage that it may cave in. The best advice when it comes to property ownership is to check that roof regularly. Especially after severe weather.
What about the structure of the property?
The problem we have is that sometimes we can’t see the damage that may have been caused to the foundation or structure of the property. We would hope things like this would be presented before exchanging contracts. However, if you find yourself noticing cracks in the wall structure. Or problems with the levels of your home then seek some advice from a professional.
Are there any problems with damp or mold?
Walls can be damaged internally. Often if your property has been covered in things like artex or wallpaper, damp can be left unnoticed. However, over time this could develop into a mold. Mold has been known to cause many allergies or health problems. If it's something you see developing, make sure you get it resolved straight away. There are plenty of DIY methods you could use to combat mold in the home.
Mold could also point to other problems inside the property. For instance, if the property has been empty for some time, it's common for mold to rear its head. This can be because the property hasn’t been heated. It’s worth checking for any signs that your heater needs repair. The last thing you want to do is move into a property without heat, especially when temperatures are low.
Does the flooring feel level
An unlevel floor may be the cause of subsidence or structure damage in the home. While it can be quite rare, it’s worth taking out your own tests to ensure all floors are level, and no damage has been caused.
What about the general repair of the property?
Finally, many properties require a bit of general repair when you first move in. Often you don’t see some problems with mainstream things like fittings or fixtures. If you don’t have the confidence to take out those repairs a local handyman would be best to call upon.
Let’s hope this prompts you to check things closely when moving into a new property.