When buying a house, specially a used house or a house that has been vacant for a long time, there are many things to be wary about. A house is where you will be spending most of your days at, and to have a good mental state of mind it is essential that your new house is prim and perfect for moving in. During your inspection there are many things you should look out for. By having a keen eye and paying attention to a few critical points and areas it can give you a good measure of the house and let you know if it is worth your money or is it reasonable to walk away from the deal.
An easy way to get this job done is to do a pre handover inspections. They can give a thorough report of the overall condition of the house and any areas in need of renovation and how expensive the repair and renovation is going to cost. This allows you to negotiate the price the seller.
There are many steps in pre purchase property inspections that the home inspector will do. They will carry out tests for harmful gases, any pests living in the vicinity and home area. They even give an in depth report of the condition of the electrical and insulation system.
But it is not economically reasonable to hire a professional inspector for every house you visit. There are tips and methods you can deploy to decide for yourself if the place is suitable for moving in. Take a careful look at walls close the bathrooms and look for signs of corrosion or any sign of water stains. Any such indication will tell you that water leaks are occurring in those regions. Such repairs tend to be very expensive too. Examine other walls for cracks. If there is a large amount of cracks or if the cracks are larger than a couple of millimeters, then advice should be taken from the home inspector. Direct a torch at the ceilings above and check if they are properly fixed in place. By directing a lit torch in that direction, it is possible to see any deflections or areas in need of repair.
Examine the insides of cabinets. You should be looking for any damp areas or musty odors. This is usually an indication that there is water leaking. Look for the growth of mould in areas like the bathroom or in the bedroom. When you are outside, if it is possible take a look at the roof lines to see if they are straight and are deflection free.