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Five Things to Check When Buying a New Home

Buying a new house is the biggest purchase we will make (in most cases) and although incredibly exciting, it can be overshadowed by how daunting it can be.
With so many checks to do, so many people to rely on, and various deadlines you can understand why it's one of the most stressful things we go through.

Below are five things to check when buying a new home.

Damp


This can be hard to look out for on an initial visit to the house so any second, or further viewings, could reveal this a little more. Look around window frames, ceilings and skirting to see if there are any flaky areas, and check for any signs of a damp smell. If the room looks like it has been repainted this could also be a sign of damp areas being covered. A clever eye and asking the right questions will help reveal this.

Structure


Signs of a house being structurally sound are pretty obvious. Hairline cracks aren't so bad and too much to worry about, but big cracks can show signs of problems. If the house has an extension or a bay window, it is best to check around here for any signs of cracks or structural damage.

Asbestos

For me, just hearing 'asbestos' brings fear and although it's not something I would know to look out for, it is incredibly important that it is checked. This is more likely to be found in older houses so it's worth asking questions to the owners, estate agents about the property or any outbuildings. If you do have any concerns it is worth looking into having a survey done on the property, just for peace of mind.
Click here for information on asbestos, the dangers and what to look out for. 

Windows

Replacing windows can be expensive. Inspecting the windows can be not only be helpful when checking for damp and structure, but also for energy reasons too. Any gaps in the window panes will obviously let cool air in and will let out your hot air. Check for rot around any wooden window panes
 and for any condensation in between double glazing.

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Electrical Points

Check any plugs, sockets, and light switches in the house. Rewiring a house is expensive, and unless you are buying a house with the intentions of doing it up and have it in your budget to change and fix electrical work, it is best to suss this out in the beginning. Not only because of costs, but for your own safety too.