It’s very exciting when you get caught up in the euphoria of buying a home. You’ve found a property that you really like and it looks like it ticks all the right boxes. You’re on the verge of agreeing to buy it, but wait just a second! Don’t rush into this decision until you have performed these three key home inspections:
There are multiple reasons you should inspect the electrical installations in a home before you buy it. Primarily, you want to keep yourself and your family safe when moving in. Did you know that faulty wiring is one of the main causes of house fires? The home may have its original electrical safety report, but that’s pretty much irrelevant. You need an EICR Certificate that tells you how safe the electrical systems are and what changes need to be made. An old home will likely have wiring and installations that no longer pass current safety guidelines. Likewise, there’s no telling how many DIY installations were made by previous owners that could be downright dangerous.
An electrical inspection saves you from any imminent danger, and it can also let you know how expensive it would be to get the home up to standards. Thus, you can either avoid buying it or adjust your bid accordingly.
Similarly, you need to be sure that all the plumbing installations are up to scratch. The last thing you need is for leaks to appear in your home a few months after you have bought it. Or, you get a whole host of plumbing issues – like blocked drains, leaky taps, and toilets that don’t flush properly. All of these concerns can be avoided if you conduct a plumbing inspection of the property.
In essence, all aspects of the plumbing will be checked to ensure they’re in a good condition. A plumber can do this for you, providing details of what can be improved. Again, you can decide if it’s worth buying the house considering it might have lots of expensive plumbing problems.
Lastly, you need a general structural inspection of the house. This includes the foundations, roofing, windows, doors, walls, and so on. In essence, you’re looking at and surveying the property to see how structurally safe and sound it is. What needs to be replaced? What could be improved? How long will it be until you need to replace certain things? All of these questions will be answered when carrying out a structural inspection of the property.
If you get all of these inspections done, you will cover all of the main issues when buying a home. You’ll understand the structural integrity of the property, the electrical installation safety, and the plumbing health. As well as this, you will have a list of things that might need to be improved, along with how expensive the repairs/replacements will be. It might add up to costs that put you way over budget, meaning you have to haggle for a much lower price for the home or find a different property instead. Either way, inspections can save money and help you avoid a terrible mistake.
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