Home Improvement, Investments — March 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Things to Check When Buying a New Home


It’s never wise to buy a new home without conducting a thorough inspection in advance. A good majority of Australian home buyers purchase pre-used properties. That means there will be issues in these properties that naturally arise with use. Most prospective homeowners know already to inspect for things like pests and mould. But there are many more things to check beyond these two problems. Here is a list:

What’s Under the Paint?

Never judge a room by how shiny the paint job looks. In time, the paint will start chipping off and the horror underneath might appear. Therefore, when inspecting a home, always look for structural problems. For example, do you notice any loose wires? Do the appliances look older than they should be? If so, the house may not be as new as the paint job might indicate. You should always hire a professional inspector to conduct the survey for the structural integrity of a home. Look for local building inspections around Adelaide to hire a licensed and experienced professional for the job.

Look at the Roof

The roof is one of the most integral parts of a home. It’s also one of the most expensive parts to repair. You are only getting ripped off if you buy a home with a problem roof. Obviously, look for things like gaping holes that need fixing. But do ask questions about the roof. Is it new? If so, you might benefit from a lower premium rate on your home insurance policy because roof problems are one of the main reasons for insurance payouts. Also, ask what the roof is made out of. You can be safe if the material is sturdy enough to withstand the elements during the seasons.

Check for Slab Edge and Rising Dampness

Dampness is never a good sign. Most prospective homeowners consider dampness to be a mould issue problem. Actually, there are different types of dampness to look for. There’s slab edge dampness, which occurs when dampness is absorbed by concrete, when it’s not made to be waterproof. Rising dampness or salt damp is caused by water flowing vertically through walls that are permeable. These dampness issues not only put the property at risk for mould, it can also cause bad odours, rot, pests like woodworms, staining, rusting, or paint blistering. Some problems may even result in respiratory problems for people in the house. Therefore, be sure to hire a professional qualified to check the home for these types of issues.

How Hot or Cold is the House?

When you step inside the property, is it warm in winter or cool in the summer? Is the interior temperature bearable considering the season? Because if you are stepping into a cold home in winter, then that probably means the heating system is rickety old. Similarly, a hot home in the summer may indicate an outdated air conditioning system. The problem is, fixing old A/Cs and heaters cost an arm and a leg. You might not want to end up with an improperly insulated home either. Therefore, make sure the home has the latest heating and cooling tech before spending money on it.

Before you do the inspection, it’s also important to have in mind which issues are deal breakers and which are not. For example, some buyers might not mind installing a new A/C while others may not want a home with dampness issues. You may not find a perfect property so know what you can tolerate in advance.

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