Buying a property can be a complicated process. You need to make sure you have the funding in place before you start. There is no point in finding your dream home, only to discover that you cannot afford to buy it. Once you have arranged the finances, you then need to find the right home for you.
An important part of the home buying process is to be aware of any potential problems with the property you want to purchase. It may be that you are willing to take on a property that needs to have work done on it. But, you do not want any unpleasant surprises. To help you avoid problems, here are some common building defects you should look out for.
The presence of asbestos
Asbestos is a dangerous substance. People who are exposed to it, on a long-term basis can suffer health problems including fibrotic lung disease, cancer, and mesothelioma. It can be difficult to spot the presence of asbestos if you do not know what you are looking for. If you suspect that there could be an issue with a property, it’s a good idea to have an asbestos risk assessment carried out.
Damage to the roof and guttering
If there are cracked or missing tiles on the roof of a property, there is a good chance that water will be getting in. This can cause problems with damp inside the property and can cause wooden structures to be undermined. This is why you should always check out the rood of a property before you buy. While you are checking in that area, it’s also a good idea to take a look at the guttering as if it’s blocked or damaged this can also enable water to get inside the property.
If the timber used on the outside of a property has not been properly painted or stained, to protect it, you may have seen signs of wood rot. This can be an expensive problem to resolve if it’s widespread.
Cracks in the property
Cracks in the walls of a property are not necessarily an issue. Buildings settle over time, and this process can cause cracks to appear. However, large cracks which run down entire walls, or can be seen running down brickwork on the exterior walls, are often a sign of something more serious. If you spot this type of crack when you are looking at a property, you should ensure that there is no subsidence present. If this is a problem, the property could need to be underpinned; an expensive process.
Modern homes have electrical wiring that conforms to safety standards. But, this is not always the case when it comes to older properties. There are some obvious signs that there is a problem, such as exposed and loose wires. If you have any doubts about electrical safety, you need to make sure it has been checked by a qualified electrician.
Making sure you are aware of all of these common building defects, and looking out for them, can help you avoid unpleasant surprises, and unexpected expense, when you are buying a new home.