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Red Flags To Look For When Searching For A New Home

Red Flags To Look For When Searching For A New Home

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Searching for a new home is an exhilarating prospect, but often, it can be a roller coaster ride. While some people may stumble upon the home of their dreams shortly after starting their search, others find it hard to find a property that crosses all of the boxes. If you are in the process of trawling through listings and arranging viewings, here are some red flags to look out for. 

Signs of damp

Damp is one of the most common problems raised by home surveys. If you go into a property and you can smell a musty odor instantly, or there are discolored patches on the walls or ceilings, it is highly likely that the house will need treatment for damp. It is common to spot signs of damp in older houses, but it’s important to be aware of the issue before you proceed any further. If you want to buy a property that may need remedial treatment, it’s wise to get some quotes and ask a surveyor for more information so that you know how much it will cost to fix the issue and how urgently the work needs completing.

Pest infestation

Signs of a pest infestation would probably make most buyers think twice about putting in an offer or scheduling a second viewing. Pests can cause widespread damage to properties and harbor health risks. If you have found the perfect home, but you have noticed droppings or damage to wooden structures, or you could hear unusual noises while you were looking around, it’s crucial to gather more information. It may be that the vendor is already in the process of sorting the issue. If they are not, you can contact companies that specialize in pest control near you and get some quotes. You could then consider revising your offer or asking the vendor to pay. With any pest problem, it is beneficial to act swiftly and to ask experts for advice about preventing further issues. 

Noise

If you’re viewing houses or apartments in the middle of the city, you would expect it to be noisy, but if your goal is to escape the hustle and bustle and find a tranquil spot, it’s a good idea to think about noise levels. Many people would be put off buying if there was a lot of noise coming from neighboring houses, or the road outside was busy, for example. Arranging at least two viewings at different times of the day will give you an indication of what to expect in terms of noise levels.  

Roof issues

Roof issues vary in severity and the cost of fixing them can range from less than $100 to thousands of dollars. If you have concerns about the condition of the roof of an old property, or you see red flags, such as missing tiles or signs of storm damage, ask the agent for more information and check the details of the surveyor’s report carefully. If you would need to undertake extensive work to fix the damage, for example, replacing the roof, this is an expensive job, which takes time. It’s important to have the information you need to make a suitable offer and decide if you want to proceed with the acquisition. 

Old electrics

Modern houses are likely to have wiring systems that are in excellent condition, but if you are considering buying an older property, you may find that the electrics are dated. You may need to rewire the house or update the electrics to meet safety standards. If you are taking on a fixer-upper, this may be a job that you’re expecting to tackle, but it’s always beneficial to inspect the electrics and get as much information as you can before you agree to exchange contracts and buy the property. You should be aware of the work that needs doing and the cost before you sign on the dotted line. If you submit an offer on a house and the survey reveals problems with the electrics that you were not aware of when you viewed the property, you might want to think carefully about whether you go ahead if your offer was at the top of your budget and you don’t have funds available for repairs or remedial work. 

Searching for a new home is an exciting proposition, but it’s wise to be wary of potential red flags. Take your time to conduct a thorough inspection when you view houses and apartments and ask the agent for more information if you have queries or concerns. It’s important to understand what needs doing and how much it will cost before you sign a contract. 

Home, Lifestyle

Before You Buy An Older Home, Consider These Key Factors

Before You Buy An Older Home, Consider These Key Factors

Are you thinking about purchasing an older home? Typically, people will take this step as a way to save money on a property. It’s true that older homes can be more budget friendly. However, they can also come with issues that you will likely not be prepared for and this is something that you should keep in mind. So, let’s explore whether an old home is the right choice for you.

Does It Have Asbestos?

Any home that was built before the 1980s does have a strong chance of containing asbestos. Up until that point it was used as an insulative material in the walls. If you are worried about this issue, then you should make sure that you are completing an asbestos survey. This should tell you whether the home does have this issue. Be aware that some owners will not allow you to complete this step. If that’s the case, approach with caution. There’s a good chance that they are merely intent on hiding the issue and hoping to sell it without revealing the problem to a buyer. Asbestos will cost thousands to remove and full removal is the only way to ensure that your home is safe. 

Are There An Issues With Insulation?


Older homes are also more likely to have issues with insulation. Unless a previous owner has made this home improvement, there’s a strong chance that the windows of the home will let in cold air and this can be a massive issue. It can cause your home bills to hit the roof. Now, it is possible that you can deal with this problem by upgrading the windows yourself. However, that’s always going to be expensive so you’ll need to make sure that you have this in your budget.

Are There Any Repairs?

You might also want to consider whether there are any repairs that need to be completed before you commit to a purchase. Be aware that it is possible to ask the current owner to complete these repairs for you. This is going to save you an extra headache once you purchase the property. While minor issues won’t be much cause for concern, major repairs should be the responsibility of the current homeowner. 

Are There Signs Of Wear And Tear?

Finally, you might want to consider whether there are any signs of wear and tear around the property. You should consider whether the home has been well looked after by the previous owner. While you might be hopeful that this is the case, you should always check over the property. If it looks unclean and untitdy there’s a good chance that there are worse issues lurking beneath the surface. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key points that you should keep in mind if you are buying an older home. By focusing on these factors, you will be able to guarantee that you know whether this is the right choice for you. Remember, an older home can be a smart choice but only if you are ready for the challenges that come with it. 

Interior Design, Kitchen

New kitchen plans

New kitchen plans

New kitchen plans

One room I have always dreamed of having and that is a larger kitchen. It is the one room we always find ourselves congregating into at mealtimes and even parties that we have once or twice a year….OK then, I will be honest! any excuse for a party and we have one, well why not.

A small kitchen can feel very claustrophobic at the best of times let alone when we are all trying to squeeze into a very small room. With us moving house back in November we now have a much smaller kitchen sadly. We did gain an extra bedroom (this is now our office) and a huge living room so we can’t grumble too much. When moving house there are always pros and cons to weigh up isn’t there?

We are now looking at ways we can make our kitchen bigger in size, if not in size then at least make it feel bigger, less claustrophobic and feel more welcoming. Here are a few ideas that we have in mind at the moment.

Our kitchen ideas so far

Colour 

We are thinking nice bright and neutral colours for walls and flooring. Colour if chosen right can change the feel of a room and make a room feel much bigger. We can always add warmer colours within the soft furnishings such as towels, blinds etc. When browsing for kitchen tiles this tile caught my eye straight away, they are a stunning sparkly diamond white quartz tile. Perfect for providing any wall or floor with that “WOW” factor. This tile has a stunning mirror fleck, allowing the light to bounce giving a lovely sparkly effect and helping to make a room more welcoming.

New kitchen plans

 

Comfort and design

The design and comfort of the kitchen is the most important, we must have a kitchen that works well and everything needed is close to hand. We think we will try and minimize on the number of wall cupboards that we will have, this will help to minimize the claustrophobic feel slightly. Any wall cupboards we do have will be glass fronted to help enhance the spaciousness.

Be realistic

We will be minimizing our kitchen gadgets and be more realistic about what we use and no longer use anymore. I don’t know about you but our cupboards are full of gadgets that we haven’t used in a long time, basically taking up space for no reason. We will also be looking to change some kitchen items, we are going to be looking for more space-saving items, it’s amazing what you can get space-saving wise these days for the smaller kitchen.

Appliances 

At our previous property we had integrated appliances when we had a fitted kitchen put in, to us these looked more tidy looking. Of course when we moved these all stayed behind and we currently have freestanding appliances at the moment as we don’t currently have a fitted kitchen at this property. Our personal preference would be to change back to integrated appliances again. We found with having a fitted kitchen we could utilize our space more and use every spare inch possible. At our current property although our kitchen is small we can see lots of wasted space that we could make so much use of when we come to doing our fitted kitchen. Boy do I miss my eye level oven!

Extending the kitchen

We are in discussions at the moment as to whether we could extend our kitchen. We plan on doing this by knocking a wall down that goes between the kitchen and living room, taking a few feet from the lounge and replacing the wall again. By doing this it will not only make the kitchen bigger this will allow for more worktop space, appliances and or base units for storage.

Lighting 

With Ian being a fully qualified electrician it does come in very handy when it comes to electrical work around the home. When it comes to the lighting in our home we can never tend to agree on a design. We have always had low ceilings in our properties and we often panic with head height and our boys being rather tall. We have agreed down lights would be our best option and would work rather well. In our kitchen we will also have plinth lighting and under-cupboard lighting too for mood lighting.

We are a little way off yet before our kitchen plans are put into action. We are currently working on floor plans and measurements and then double checking them as we’d hate to make a costly mistake by rushing and getting it wrong. Kitchen plans take time and a lot of careful planning as we found out last time. We are learning from past mistakes.

New kitchen plans

 

Have you had a kitchen makeover? did it go to plan?

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