Before completing on the purchase of a new home you should have a series of surveys done to ensure that the property is in the condition you expect it to be. You can’t rely on the survey requested by the mortgage company. After all, their interest is purely in the value of the home and whether their money is safe.
A professional house inspection survey will tell you much more about the structural integrity of the property, the wiring, plumbing, and various other things. This will allow you to make an informed decision on what work the property needs and how much you are prepared to offer for it. It should be noted that structural issues can be verified through dye penetrant testing as this will show cracks and other deficits.
There are 5 things that will often appear during home inspections, you need to know what they are and be prepared for them.
Leaks are very bad for a house. There are two main types of leak, the first is when you have an issue with your plumbing. This type of leak can be costly as you’ll be paying much more to the water board than you should be.
In addition, plumbing leaks can cause water to sit on ceilings, walls, and floors. This allows the water to soak into the wood and rot it, causing an array of issues.
The second type of leak is when the roof is damaged or gutters are overflowing and the water is penetrating the walls and the house. It can also cause rot, as well as damp and mould.
Electricity is very important but a rewire can be very expensive. Old and damaged wires will need to be replaced, and older systems need to be upgraded. It’s important to understand the condition and safety of your current system to decide if it needs to be replaced or not.
A survey will highlight cracks in the walls, floors, foundations, and even roof. All of these can indicate a structural issue that needs to be rectified as soon as possible to preserve the integrity of the housed.
This can be a significant cost and needs to be thought about carefully first.
You may not worry about the heating system too much in the summer but you’ll want it working when it gets to the winter. Heating system issues can range from a faulty radiator to a boiler that needs to be replaced. Again, you need to know what you are dealing with to ensure you have the funds to sort out the issue.
Finally, pests are a common issue in many homes. They can often sneak in unnoticed. Unfortunately, rodents are very good at chewing through anything, meaning they can do extensive damage throughout the home. In addition, some pests, such as termites, can cause a significant amount of damage to the wood in the property. This means you’ll need to replace and treat it all.