Thursday, May 8, 2014

Inspecting a pre-owned home

Buying a pre-owned home has several advantages such as having to pay a lower price for it and its often beautiful, charming architecture.

Poorly maintained roof gutters may need to be repaired or replaced.

However, buying pre-owned property also has its disadvantages one being the property’s condition.

A house that has been lived in for several years will inevitably have property damage and wear and tear from regular use. It’s important to assess the property condition of a pre-owned home, as severe property damage may need costly and time-consuming renovations.

When buying a pre-owned home, check the condition of the property and watch out for the following signs… 

Wall cracks

Check the property for any cracks on the walls. Large cracks on the interior and exterior walls may be a cause for concern.

Properties with cracks measuring over 2mm in width and with many cracks should be inspected by a professional.

Rusted roof gutters

Poorly maintained roof gutters may need to be repaired or replaced. Watch out for signs of rust. Roof gutters may look fine from the ground level, but double-check the top to be sure.

Water stains and leaks

When it comes to home renovations, plumbing problems can be a major expense.  Avoid having to deal with this headache by passing up any property with water leaks.

Check for water stains in bathrooms and kitchens, particularly on the back walls of showers, toilets, sinks and other water sources. For multi-storey properties, check for water stains on the ceiling in bathrooms and kitchens.

Termite problems

Check for possible termite infestations. Built-in cabinets and doorjambs are common places one should inspect. It’s also best to consult an expert to be sure. 


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