Attending a home open is the perfect way to get a feel for what you want in a home or investment property, what you aren’t willing to compromise on, and most importantly what is available in the market at a particular time. The buying process is influenced by personal preferences and the emotional process involved. Your house purchase depends on whether you and your partner or family suit the feel and layout of your potential home. But, investing in a house is also a business decision, one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
We’ve put together some helpful tips on what to keep an eye out for as you wander through your next home open.
Cupboards, Cabinets and Drawers
It may sound like a simple thing, but inspecting all cabinets and drawers throughout the house – particularly in ‘wet’ and dark areas like the kitchen and bathroom, can tell you a lot about your potential dream home. You should be able to tell instantly if they are in good nick, and you will be able to see and smell any mould, residue or mildew. If you do notice any of those signs, it could mean there is a leak, rising damp or issues within the plumbing of the home.
Look for cracks
Look carefully at walls and plastering to ensure there aren’t any major noticeable cracks that could mean there is an issue with the structure of the home itself. Cracks can occur in old and poorly constructed properties. Large cracks through the wall are not something you want to ignore! Internal plaster can also be checked for smaller cracks, which could mean that the plaster will slowly become loose.
Investigate the bathrooms
A nice bathroom is a big win for anyone looking for a new home, but it’s important that you look at them closely to check for any damage or leaks, or poor plumbing work. Look for water stains, mould and corrosion around the shower, bath and toilets and check inside cabinets and drawers. If you see any evidence of mould, take it into account if you are planning on making an offer – as mould removal can end up being quite costly and damaging.
One of the last things you need to check out is the state of the roof, gutters and downpipes. First, take a glance and see if you can notice any glaring damage: broken or cracked gutters, loose roof tiles, or a leaking downpipe. Then, look a little closer and see if the gutters are rusted, and ask the agent in charge about the state and age of the roof tiles or material.
Don’t overlook minor ceiling stains, discoloration or roof sagging. These are all sure signs that something is wrong. Ignoring these signs could lead to your future ceiling collapsing. If the paint on the roof looks fresh, ask the agent if it’s newly renovated or a cover up?
There’s many bits and pieces to look out for when it comes to viewing your potential dream home, and these are just a few to get you started. Just remember: it’s not all about the look of the house, the inside counts too!
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