Buying a house is one of the most exciting things you can do in life but can also be quite a stressful and worrying time. A property is the biggest investment you will ever make so it needs to be the right decision. There are several things you need to look out for before you dive in and make an offer on a house which could make the difference between a good investment and a costly mistake. Many people now are opting to rent instead but don’t think this doesn’t apply to you too as renting can also throw up the same issues as although it is not your house on paper, you still have to live in it.
Damp is probably the number one factor which puts potential buyers off houses and sometimes rightly so. Rising damp, which is moisture moving up the walls from the ground is incredibly hard to get rid of and requires a lot of care and attention. It can be done but it requires money and dedication, more than many people are willing to put in. Damp can cause health problems if not treated, especially in people suffering from asthma or breathing difficulties so is something to consider even if you are just looking to rent.
Although not an easy task, always check the roof if you are seriously thinking about putting an offer in on a property. Either get up there yourself or pay someone to look over it for you. Loose or missing tiles or just a general look of wear and tear are not promising. The bottom line is, if you are going to need the house reroofed in the next few years, think about reducing your offer or not putting one in at all – or get a quote from some experts.
Older houses are inevitably going to have cracks in some places because they just do, that is the nature of buying a house which isn’t brand spanking new. However, some cracks can be signs of more worrying things such as subsidence which need to be addressed. If the cracks are large or deep, make sure you get a professional in to have a look at them – many are completely harmless but you need to be sure.
There are two types of rot, dry and wet. They are both the cause of fungal decay, but wet rot is far less serious and can be treated quite easily. If you think there may be rot you need to identify which type it is as dry rot has to be treated using a lengthy and often very expensive process. It is sometimes hard to spot rot because, along with damp, it can be covered up fairly easily by decorating. In the same way damp can, rot can make you feel quite ill so even if you are only looking to rent the property it may be detrimental to your health if not sorted.
Becoming energy efficient isn’t just a buzz word the government have come up with, it is actually very important, whether you are looking to buy or rent a property. If a house is not energy efficient, your bills are likely to be much higher than if it is. Consider the implications of living in a property which isn’t very efficient so you can decide whether it is worth moving there or not.
With these tips under your belt you should be better equipped to deal with any problems as and when they arise, since they won’t be a surprise – or avoid committing yourself to them altogether. Thanks very much to distinctivedoors.co.uk for sending us these tips. Which of the above would be most likely to put you off a new home?