3 things to check before buying a new home

Moving home marks an important step in someone’s life, whether it’s to upsize to cater for a growing family or to relocate for an exciting job opportunity. However, the moving process is renowned for being one of life’s biggest stresses. In fact, a recent study shows one in seven homebuyers said the property they bought was left in a poor condition when they moved in.

Here are our home protection teams three tops tips for things to look out for when buying a new home:

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1. Check windows are secure and finished to a high quality

 When buying a property, check the windows are of high quality to make sure your home is as quiet, warm and secure as possible. Check that the windows close properly and are secure to reduce the risk of theft and potential intruders. The last thing you want is to move all your worldly possessions into your new home to be stung by a burglar soon after! If and when you move in, it’s worth considering installing smart home sensors, which notify you if motion is detected – giving you peace of mind when you’re away from home.

Poor quality windows show signs of damaged seals and condensation, which can cause further problems inside the property. Not only do these issues hike up energy bills due to poor insulation, but they allow moisture to get into the home, causing problems like damp.

 

2. Check for leaks

Leaks can often go undetected until you’ve moved in and decide to run a bath or experience a downpour of rain. But when viewing the property, make sure you look around for signs of previous water damage. The biggest indicator will be water stains or signs of rising damp, which can be in the form of black mould, tide marks or peeling wallpaper or paint.

It’s important to have the property fully surveyed before you decide to buy. Hiring a good quality surveyor will mean you’re less likely to have issues later down the line, so it’s worthwhile doing the research. Alongside this, installing smart technology such as leak sensors into your home – can help to prevent major problems. They fit discreetly under sinks and washing machines to detect as little as 3mm of water and alert you as soon as water is detected.

 

3. Check the electrical system is safe

It’s important to have a high-standard electrical system that’s working safely throughout your home, to reduce the risk of electricity-related accidents. Either hire a professional to do this for you, or if you feel like you’re up for the task you could check the system yourself. Look out for tell-tale signs that your system is out of date or unsafe, such as finding old rubber-sheathed cables. But, if you do check it yourself make sure you follow the proper safety precautions and remember to never take risks with electrical safety.

We would recommend that before moving in you get a professional to check the fuse box, the fuses and the residual current devices, to ensure there aren’t any faults or other possible dangers. In the worst case, a faulty wire, switch or socket could spark or crack – these are some of the major causes of fires in the home, so avoid this by having regular checks on their condition.

Always remember to test the fire alarms before you buy a property as you may be liable for any damage if they’re not working as they should be, even before you’re fully moved in. You can also go one step further and install a smart technology smoke sensor, which works to protect your home from fires by sending a notification to your phone the moment smoke is detected so you can quickly respond and minimise damage.

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