How To Go Prepared To A House Viewing

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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House hunting for you and your family can be a very exciting time, and your imagination can run wild with ideas of what the new rooms and outdoor spaces could be transformed into. However, before you get too far ahead of yourself, it’s important to ask the necessary questions about the property you’re viewing to ensure you’re as informed as you possibly can be before you finally make an offer. Even before you go to view a potential home, search online for the surrounding neighborhood, nearby streets, shops, schools, doctors, hospitals, and possible commuting routes. There is often a lot more to a home than the home itself.

Check that the structure strong and comprehensive
Creaking floorboards add character to a home and don’t necessarily mean the home is old or of poor quality. However, even if a house looks and feels solid, the structural integrity can only be properly assessed either by a surveyor or by examining the building details on paper. If the home has a modern frame made from steel like barndominium builders specialize in, then chances are the home possesses comprehensive strength. However, some homes that are made from iron are more likely to suffer from rust, bending, cracks and possibly failing altogether. Look around the extension join, terrace walls, the window bays for hairline cracks which can give you signs of weakness. If you saw caving or bending of the staircase, ask the homeowners whether this is a recent tolerance failing or a case of a design flaw. Either way, it won’t give you peace of mind unless you consider engaging a structural engineer to sweep the home to find defects and faults.

Staging and falsehoods
Besides the exterior, the area, the positioning, and the outdoor space of a potential home being to your liking, the bottom line is you’ll be spending the overwhelming majority of your time indoors. The space in the home is much more important than anything else because no one wants to live in a too small home that’s in a nice area; because ultimately one negates the other. Make sure the rooms haven’t been staged to hide their inadequacies. Beware of purposeful small furniture and mirrors positioned strategically to bounce the lighting off the corners giving an impression of a larger room than what it is.

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The walls of a home may look well-kept, clean and display a great paint job, but if you look further and deeper, and you may find all is not what it seems. Damp is smelly mold and can be spotted by uprooted and flaking plaster. Walls and ceilings can be watermarked, and darker patches can form wherever there is a cluster of moisture. Damp is a virus which infects the exterior of the walls, but the problem lies further down the rabbit hole. Damp can only exist if there’s a water leak somewhere in the home, it can be due to poor workmanship, old and eroded materials or blunt force trauma damage. Mould can cause infections, poor air quality, and harmful bacterias to form.

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