5 Things To Look Out For When Buying An Older Property
The roof and chimney
The roof is one of the most important parts of any home, so ensuring that it remains in a good state of repair. Whilst some problems are obvious, there are others that can only be detected by a professional.
Electrical systems that are found in older properties are often far below the newer standards. Many fires that start in older homes are a direct result of outdated wiring. Electrics are something you should have a professional assess in full.
Drains and Sewages
Drains and sewers can cause a lot of damage to a home, ranging from minor inconveniences to more serious, recurring issues. The problems often seen in older homes are often caused by the older piping, which is often made of clay rather than plastic. These pipes are much more at risk of damage from external factors.
Some older homes will have old, faulty plumbing systems, these will often make themselves known in the noises they omit, noises coming from your plumbing system are often a sign of serious issues within the system. Other signs of plumbing issues are dripping taps and blocking sinks.
Damp, Fungal Decay and Woodworm
Damp, fungal decay and woodworm are all serious threats to a property’s structure and each bring their own challenges in spotting them.
Damp is often the easiest to detect and assess, you may spot discolouration or a damp feeling to the walls. As well as new damp, old treated damp can also prove problematic. This is why it is very important to ensure that your property is completely free of damp, the best way to assess this is to acquire a damp report.
Fungal decay can also cause problems even if it has been previously treated, so professional advice should be sought if any signs of fungal decay are found.
For woodworm, there are often less obvious issues, the easiest way to spot woodworm is in the tiny holes they leave behind. If you spot signs of woodworm, it is vital this is fully treated prior to moving into your new home.