Purchasing a home is an important decision which should be treated as such. Before settlement, you should be given the right to do a final inspection. In this article, we explore what to look out for, including damage made between inspection, faults and more.
You step into a home and it is seemingly everything you have wanted. In your previous inspections, you assessed room size, structure and outlay. Now, in your final inspection, it is time to check for issues that could really affect your home.
First, check for mould. Is there mould in the bathrooms and bedrooms? If so, it should set off alarm bells. Not only is mould bad for your health by releasing dangerous toxins into the air that trigger allergic and asthmatic reactions, but it can also be a sign of something much bigger, such as water leakage or high humidity.
If there is mould, or even if there isn’t, it is important to check for water stains. Water stains look like leaks and can be found in any area of the house: not just near showers or baths.
Take special care to check whether walls connected to the ceiling show signs of water stains, because this could be a sign of a leaky ceiling.
Alongside water stains, it is important to check if your ceiling sags or cracks. If it does, this could be a costly and dangerous procedure.
The outside of the house is just as important as the inside. Take a careful look at your roof: is it rusting? Are the gutters full – are they cracked and in need of replacement?
Take a walk around the property and check for any signs of past flooding or excess water, which can be very expensive to fix and should be avoided.
Whilst you are outside, check for insects. Does there seem to be a lot of bees? Whilst bees are good for our environment, they are able to build hives inside homes, which can be costly and dangerous to remove.
You should also inquire as to the history of the home with regards to insects, termites especially.
If you think that any of these damages was newly created, make a point of it. It could be a sign that the house is degrading, or that the issue is new. You may also be able to write it into your settlement document, and your conveyancer can assist you with this.
Purchasing a home is an exciting time, and we would love to be a part of your journey in it.