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Buying a property is a huge step that is not to be taken lightly. So, when you get round to actually viewing places, you should be on the lookout for warning signs as well as the features that you love. If you have never bought a house before, it can be very tough to know exactly what you should be looking out for. Well, this guide is here to give a helping hand to both new property buyers and people who have already invested in the past. After all, it may be some time since you were last involved in house viewings. Here are a few of the top some of the most common home-buying signs that you can’t ignore.
Rather than just looking at everything in the property, you should also start testing a few things to make sure it is all working as it should be. Water pressure is one of the things that you should be checking, so run the taps wherever you can find them and also flush the toilets as well. This way, you will be able to see whether the water is shooting out of the taps or whether it is dribbling out which will indicate an issue with the pressure.
This is a factor that should be coming right at the top of your checklist as the roof is one of the most expensive things in the house to repair. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller or estate agent just how old the roof actually is. Also, you should start to do your own inspections from the outside. Even if you are not an expert, you can still spot signs of wear, tear and neglect – especially if there are gutters with plants growing out of them or cracked and missing tiles on the roof itself.
Again, you may not be an expert but the foundation of your home is an important thing to look at as it could also end up being a very expensive task to do any major repair work. So, you want to be on the lookout for any noticeable cracks in the walls, ceiling or flooring. Even minor-seeming damage can quickly escalate in the long-run. Ask questions until you are fully satisfied or get a third-party opinion if you think you are in need of one.
Depending on whether you are looking at investment properties or a place in which to live, the style of the house may be an issue for you. After all, if the whole place is in need of major updates, this could end up costing you a significant amount of money on top of what you are already planning to invest in the property to begin with. If you are planning to rent the place out, updating the style will probably be a lot more affordable than if you are actually planning on living there.
Flood Zone or Other Natural Disasters
If you are planning to buy a place in an entirely new area that you don’t know all that much about, it is important that you find out about any risks that may occur from natural disasters. For example, rain and climate change is increasingly unpredictable so you should check to see if you are in a flood-risk zone. If you are in a high-risk area, you will probably find that this will add significant costs to your insurance and you may even have difficulty selling the place on in the future.
It can sometimes be a little tricky to pick out bad smells when you are going to view a property as estate agents will often over them up with air freshener or a freshly brewed pot of coffee. Try stepping outside the house and then back in again to make sure your nose is on high alert. If you enter a room where the smell of potpourri is particularly strong, this may well be the one where this is an issue. Remember, the kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms where bad smells are likely to be at their worst.
History of the House
When you view a property, you want to find out as much about its history as you possibly can. Have the property prices increased or decreased significantly? What sort of repairs and renovations have been done over the years? What are the crime reports like in the local neighbourhood? These are all queries that you will want to have answered, plus anything else you can possibly think of.