Don’t let excitement of buying a new property cloud your judgement …
In the excitement of looking for your new house, it is easy to overlook important details. Your priority when buying a home might be its size or other elements that cater to your wants and needs.
More often, we judge a house by how it looks on the outside and how presentable it is on the inside. Some homes may look good on the surface, but hidden faults may produce problems in the long term.
The common hidden problems you need to look out for when buying a home
- Poorly installed or damaged roofing
You won’t be surprised to discover that the roof is one of the least inspected areas in a residential building because most buyers won’t climb up a ladder to check it.
Roofing issues can range from sagging or leaks to falling tiles.
If a roof is poorly constructed, deterioration over time will make it increasingly dangerous to the occupants.
Calling a roofing contractor to repair or replace any damage will increase the cost of your new property.
Mould can cause serious respiratory health issues. Buyers need to be careful of the fact that some sellers repaint any evidence of mould.
Hiring a mould removal specialist may cost you a significant amount depending on how big the job is.
The presence of mould means moisture and these can come from plumbing issues. Plumbing issues may include:
- An outdated plumbing system
- Water heater problems
- Sewer leaks
Some of these problems are easy to fix while some need a major overhaul which means more money.
- Electrical issues
Electrical faults such as loose wiring can be dangerous and are among the common causes of fire and electrocution.
You won’t be able to detect any defects unless you test to see if the wiring follow the latest standards.
There should be RCDs ((Residual Current Devices) that are correctly placed to protect all power and lighting circuits.
Ceiling downlights should have protection from combustible materials. Hiring an electrician can be an added unforeseen cost in your new home.
- Insect and Pests
The presence of termites could mean that the structures are unsound or already deteriorating. Other types of insects can cause health problems and in some cases will make some home unlivable.
Looks can be deceiving
Getting a building and pest inspection will help you avoid the added costs of these common hidden faults in your new home.
Building and pest inspectors, with years of experience in conducting inspections, know first hand that looks can be deceiving. An experienced building inspector will know what to look out for to ensure your safety in your new home.