Everyone wants to own a home, but the key to a good home or property is the key to happiness. There are lot of cases where all transactions(transfer of ownership) have been made before the new owner of such property begins to detect flaws in the building which tends to increase unexpected expenses.
Naturally, every building is prone to wear and tear, even, when newly built. So, it is essential to take good note and look out for flaws in the building you want to acquire, to avoid regret after acquiring such property.
Acquiring new home requires certain things to be considered when purchasing such new property and it does not matter your experience.
There are much more to acquiring home than considering just the quality of the neighborhood or location of the property you want to buy. Before you decide to buy a property it is very important to investigate and understand the physical condition of the property.
To help identify potential structural problems before making an offer, it is better to employ the service of qualified professional for proper building inspection rather than carrying out your own maintenance.
A building inspection report will provide a complete assessment on the condition of the property and clearly identify any immediate or short term risks, as well as providing an estimation of the likely cost of repairs. It is good to have this information ahead of time so you can consider the costs of any necessary repairs in light of the purchase price, and potentially use the report as the basis to negotiate a lower purchase price.
There are major building flaws to look out for:
1. Rising Damp
This is a common problem in older brick or stone dwellings where there hasn’t been suitable damp proofing to stop moisture creeping up the walls. Visible signs of rising damp are paint peeling, damp smells and staining on walls and shorten the life span of such property.
2. Timber Rot
To prevent rotting, timber needs constant maintenance to protect it from the elements and there are kinds of timbres with there different longevity. So, when using timbers for your verandas, trims, and fascia board or any part of your home ensure to use timbers of good quality and longevity.
Cracking can be common particularly in brick homes where the house has moved due to movement in foundation. Cracks are in different levels and should be assessed by a professional as can sometimes require ‘underpinning’ to stabilize any further movement.
There are many properties still have wiring and switchboards issues due to hiring unqualified electrical engineer or electricians. It is essential that the wiring is fit to meet the demands of all electrical appliances to be used in such property.
5. Damaged roofing and blocked guttering
Cracked roof tiles or damaged ‘pointing’ (the cement sealant along the roof joins) can leave your roof and ceilings exposed to water damage and flooding. Gutters that are blocked which do not allow water to be diverted from the roof can also cause flooding, especially in periods of heavy downpour, as well as create moisture problems.
There are several other flaws in building to be noted when acquiring a property in order to avert regrets or blames but there are the major ones you can also look out for.