Although minor makeovers like a fresh coat of paint or new taps can transform an area, it's those unseen issues that end up being costly, and can lead to further problems in the long run. We approached real estate specialists, Property24 for a list of things you should pay attention to when viewing a property:
- From the ceiling…
When viewing a potential property, look beyond the home’s features and consider one of the oldest structures – the roof. Look out for old, broken or missing tiles that need to be replaced. Well maintained roofs can last for many years, but sloppy installations or poor quality can compromise its lifespan.
- …to the floor
The foundation of a property is very important. Take a walk around the property and look out for any large cracks in the foundation walls. Cracks can materialise because of the age of the property and can be caused caused by roots of big trees. If any large cracks are spotted, the property is not worth your precious time or money - fixing it will be very expensive.
- Catch them in the closet
If you haven’t started feeling like a private investigator, you will now. If permission is granted by the seller, open all cupboard doors and look for any signs of mould or damp scents. This will indicate possible water leaks.
- Feeling a little breezy?
As you walk through and inspect all areas of the property, don’t forget to close and open room doors as well as windows to make sure they’re in proper working order. Also check that all cupboard doors and drawers are good.
- All things electrical
Although the seller will be required to present an electrical compliance certificate (as well as a plumbing certificate) to the buyer during the sale process, be certain that electrical systems in the home are up to standard and while you’re at it, flick all the light switches too. If you’re considering a ‘golden oldie’, don’t ignore the possibility of outdated electrical systems and wiring.
- Flush away
Inspect the sinks for any leaking or damaged pipes and also consider the toilet tubes. Run the water in the kitchen and bathrooms, flush the toilets and take note of the water pressure. Also consider the drainage systems around the property. If these aren’t properly maintained, you could sit with water and damp problems in low lying areas around the property or greater problems like damage to the foundational structure.
- Wood watchers
Areas in the home such as bathrooms and kitchens are often exposed to moisture, which could cause the wooden elements in these areas to deteriorate over time if they’re not well looked after. Exterior features such as wooden decks should also be checked as these are exposed to the natural elements.
- Amateur repairs
Although not always easy to spot, homeowners who have lived in a home for an extended period of time would have attempted to make some repairs themselves. Keep an eye out and question any DIY plumbing, carpentry or even electrical work, as these are the most common DIY repair areas.
- Stage fright
Don’t allow a beautifully staged home to fool you. Make sure your senses are at their peak and look out for things like carefully placed mirrors or paintings, strategic lighting and rugs or oddly positioned furniture over certain floor spaces. Smelling a fresh coat of paint? Make sure that nothing’s covered behind those spruced areas and don’t be fooled by delicious cooked meals or lovely fragrances that can often be used as a distraction against strange odours.
- Squeeze them for info
Make sure you’re well informed about how old the property is. When viewing a home where major renovations were completed, ask the seller why specific renovations were done, when they were done and whether or not professional and licensed service providers carried out the job. Also have a chat to the neighbours to gather a sense of the neighbourhood you may be buying into. Is the property situated close to basic amenities? You may want to consider what foot and mobile traffic is like.
Taking the time to inspect and question the ins and outs of the property will ensure that you end up with a golden investment. Be sure that you’re comfortable with the outcome of the inspections. Don’t be afraid to ask the necessary and important questions, it is the best way to ensure that you’ll end up in a home that will reward you with ultimate happiness and joy.
This post was supplied by Property24.