So, you are considering buying a house. This is one of the most exciting times of your life, and it is probably the most confusing. You understand that you need a property with a promising future. This means an area where there is growth in the property value and where the homes are affordable and there are plenty of jobs. This has probably brought you to the wonderful city of Brisbane. You will find lovely homes and plenty of professionals to help you in your quest to buy a property in Brisbane.
First-time buyers will have better luck securing a home that is not brand new. You will want a home that has been loveling cared for by the previous owners. You will secure the proper inspections. However, there are some hidden places that need a once-over by a professional which is not usually included in a standard home inspection.
Below we will give you a few hints on things you will want to inspect or have inspected. This is good business. You do not want to buy a home and move in only to find there is a hidden danger which will cost you.
Mold and Mildew
First, if you find mold or mildew in a small area, it does not have to be a deal breaker. All homes have moisture problems of some kind from time to time. If moisture was missed and a bit of mold grew, it can easily be cleaned with bleach water.
You will want to hire a professional to look for hidden mold. There are hints to their location that a professional will spot. He will check where there are signs of a past leak. He will look under the carpet and perhaps perform small tests in the home. In most cases, the homeowner will gladly clean the minor areas. If the mold is significant, it can be a costly repair. You must decide if you are willing to invest in a property that has this issue even if the problem is taken care of.
Other places that need to be checked for mold include:
- Inside the heating and air conditioning system
- Behind walls
Have an electrician inspect the wiring in the house. If he finds masses of wires, some of which go nowhere, it is a sign that there were electric problems in the past. If the house is old, it may have aluminum wiring instead of copper wiring. Aluminum wiring can be a fire risk, and it should be replaced.
Foundation (and little friends)
The foundation of your home is critical to the value of the home. Most homes settle over time, but your foundation should remain intact. When a foundation shifts or settles, cracks can surface. You might see cracks in the foundation. Windows and doors may not open and shut as they should. Moisture will find its way in and sheetrock can become swollen, and discolored. Of course, these things are repairable. The question then becomes, can you acquire a loan large enough to secure the home and to pay for the repairs?
This is an opportunity to look for termites and ants. These pests are often found around damaged foundations, and time fractures in the integrity of the building. Look for these bugs and determine how big the problem is. Termite damage is costly. If the homeowner claims to have taken care of them, ask for a copy of the pest control contract.
Having the roof of the home inspected is probably part of your home inspection. If it is not, hire a roofer to inspect it. If there are missing shingles or if the shingles are curled along the edges, you may need a roof repair. Check the inside of the house for signs of leaks. If a repair or replacement is needed, you will need to inquire about the costs involved and if the homeowner is going to cover the expenses.
There are many things to consider when buying a home. You may find things that need your attention. That doesn’t mean you have to pass on a property. You simply need to understand and weigh your options. The area in which you buy is what matters most. If you have to put some work in on the property in order to have a nice and affordable home, go for it. As long as you are aware, you have the choice to pass or continue. You can do this! Just be smart going in and you will be fine.