Buying a property is something that can be a bit of a gamble. Finding the ideal property for you comes down to many things – budget, luck and of course spending time researching the things to look out for and thinking about what you want from your property.
When you go and look around a property for the first time, it is a good idea to take someone with you who knows what to look for. Whether you are intentionally buying a cheaper property that is in need of a lot of renovation or you want somewhere that is all up together and ready to live in.
It can be all too easy to miss something and then end up having to pay a lot of money that you weren’t planning on spending to have it repaired – here are some of the common things that can easily be missed…
Plumbing Issues – Because a lot of the plumbing in a property is hidden, it is something that can easily be overlooked when you are looking around it. However, there are tell tale signs that you can look out for. A boiler should be able to heat the property up, so if it is cold, have a look at the boiler – check to see if it has strange noises coming from it and when it was last serviced. You can also turn on the hot water taps and see if the water coming from them is hot.
The Roof – Because you can’t really see a roof it can be hard to know if there are any issues with it. However, roofing problems can be costly to put right. Some things you might be able to see that are obvious, such as a leak in the house or loose and missing tiles. It is worth having a professional like this roofing Cheltenham based company stormroofingltd.co.uk have a look at it before you commit to buying it.
Damp – This is something that is a really big one to look for as it is a real problem to put right and can cost a lot of money. Damp in a property is often something that you can smell, and this is often the best way to try to detect it as it may well be hidden from view behind furniture for example.