When you are thinking of buying a property, there are a lot of things that you need to be aware of from the start. The more you know about all this, the more likely it is that you are going to find the right property at the right price, which are both essential whether you are investing, or buying somewhere to live, or doing a buy-to-let situation. In this post, we are going to take a look at four checks in particular that you might want to make on any property you are looking at. You will find that these checks are essential every time.
Doors & Windows
The doors and windows are the main security issue, so you need to ensure that they are as secure as possible. Most of all, check that they are all secure within their frames, and look at what kind of locks they each have. You obviously want these to be as updated and secure as possible, and if at all possible you would rather not have to pay out for it yourself. So checking this will ensure that you are much more likely to buy a property that is truly secure at the main entrance points.
Anyone who has ever had to look after a property for a long duration will tell you that the boiler is one thing that always tends to go wrong. You should therefore be sure to check the boiler before you buy a place, as you want to determine how likely it is that you are going to experience any troubles, or that your tenants will if you are buying to let. You want an up to date boiler which has been recently serviced, so check to see paperwork too. And avoid anything that is too antiquated, if you can.
Here’s something that more people should be aware of when they are buying property: just where are the property’s boundaries, anyway? You’d be amazed at how many people put a deposit down on a house without actually knowing this, and yet it is such an essential part of the process of buying a property. It’s worth researching how to find property lines in real estate before you look around at properties, so you can make sure you are actually aware of what your money will be getting you every time. The boundaries are not always as clear as you would hope.
Finally, remember to look into the utilities as best as you can. You need to make sure that the electrics, plumbing and so on are all working as they should. If there are any problems with them, you are the one who will ultimately have to pay for it after the sale, so you’ll need to aim to have it all dealt with before you put any money down. At the very least, you want to make sure that there are not any glaring issues with any of it before you pay for the property.