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Structural Faults To Look For When Buying Or Renting A Home

September 13 2016
Structural Faults To Look for Home

Look for these red flags before you write the cheque

Foundation issues in a building or a home can be a costly problem going down the road. It is better to inspect for these structural issues before hand than paying through your nose for constant repairs. In not doing so, you run the risk of purchasing a costly investment with serious faults that can be fatal to your health and bank account. The best way to ascertain the buildings’ condition is to investigate for the signs listed below:

Structural Problems

A well-constructed home factors in the settling of the home. If you notice the windows and doors don't close properly or there are cracks in the wall, it is an indication of poorly constructed structure.

Looking for bigger cracks on the walls or around the corners and extensions are good indicators, however, keep in mind to inspect those hairline cracks around joints and windows. Some of these faults could mean the house was levelled unevenly.

Termite and Pest Damage

A severe pest problem is detrimental to the structure. If you find a rampant termite or carpenter ant infestation, double think your purchase, this is one of the red flags that could compromise the strength of the overall structure. A pest control for severe infestation would end up costing more than you would have anticipated.

Excessive Water Damage

Water damage is more serious than your realtor would acknowledge. It directly correlates to the poor drainage system in the building or home. If you find certain corners or ceilings watermarked or it shows signs of leakage, pay heed. If you still want to buy the home, make sure your realtor has taken care of the issue.

The water drain from the house should always be pointed away. Water leakage leads to dampness around walls and creates mould that is toxic for your health. Improper water drainage also puts pressure on the foundation underneath.

Request a plumber to take a look at the drainage system and shut off all the water sources for 24-hours to ascertain the leak has subsided and to rule out the source is not external.

Faulty Electrical System

Faulty electrical wiring throughout the house is another major issue and repairing the same is an expensive business. Inspect if the fuse board is outdated. Make sure to have any old electrical panels and outlets upgraded to current norms.

Improperly Installed Doors and Windows

Windows and doors in the house should neither be too tight or too loose. Improper fitting means your room is not sealed appropriately leading to leakage of air, which can be especially costly if you use the air conditioner. It is better to use insulated UPVC doors and glazed windows for ambient temperature control within the house.

Buying a home is probably the biggest decision you make. It is vital that you investigate and address these red flags before making the purchase. It is best to seek the professional services of a home inspector to verify the foundation of the structure.

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