7 Things to Inspect Before Buying a House

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Before signing the papers to buy a new house, it makes a huge difference to check the most important things first. Apart from having a professional inspector check the house, there are certain things you need to pay closer attention to.

Physical appearance is one but that’s something that you would notice at first glance so that’s not much of a concern. On the other hand, you will have to hire a professional to do an inspection to make sure the home is not infested by termites and is free from damages caused by water leaks and the likes.

Your aim here is to avoid costly repairs before moving in to a property. Save that money for other things like a new centre table, or a sofa bed or simply for groceries and other necessities.

Here are a few things we suggest you check before signing the papers and having regrets in buying a property:

Water

The best way to check is to taste the water. Even if your suburb is known to have great water, it’s not a guarantee that your water is safe. Especially for older houses, the pipes might be old and rusty. It pays to know ahead of time whether you need to use Brita pitchers or install a whole house filter.

Windows

When inspecting windows, open them all to find out if they are stuck or if they won’t open at all. Replacing windows not only requires hard work, it needs extra cash as well.

Toilets

Perhaps one of the most important things in the house that needs to be in good working condition are the toilets. Always make sure they flush. If they can handle toilet paper then that’s a plus. Although they’re easy to replace, it’s best if you wouldn’t need to do so.

Drains

It’s not uncommon for drains to have issues. It can be caused by a collapsed pipe, or a tree root. An effective way of checking the drains is to fill up all tubs and sinks and let them all attempt to drain at the same time.

Faucets

Turn on all the faucets to make sure they all work. Although you can change the faucets on your own, it’s quite a hassle to actually have to do it, right?

Carpets

Find out if there’s hardwood floors and if there is a presence of moulds or mildew under the carpet. Find the lowest part of the floor and pull a corner back if possible.

Sub-floor

Sub-floor moisture is what you should be in the look out for. Look for signs of dampness. How to tell? There are signs that would tell you that there is moisture even if the walls aren’t wet. Look for bucks of silica or dehumidifiers or anything that absorbs moisture from the air.