Now that you have decided to buy an already constructed house as your holiday home, and you’ve shortlisted a couple of houses, what’s next? Before you close the deal with the seller, you need to thoroughly inspect the condition of the house. Ideally the seller provides you a verbal inspection report, but it is best not to rely on this alone.
Why Home Inspection is necessary:
Firstly, you need to ensure you are not walking into a financial disaster. You wouldn’t want to buy a house in a hurry to find out later that it has structural problems that are going to cost you a lot to fix.
Most importantly, once you have checked every nook and corner of the house and if you find any problems, you can bring it to the notice of the seller. No matter how big or small, any flaws in the house can help you negotiate the price of the house.
Your inspection checklist:
Ideally, the focus of home inspection should be on the structural, mechanical and electrical conditions of the property, but here’s a list you need to consider:
The structure of the house: Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation.
Exteriors: Wall plastering, condition of the paint, drainage, boundary walls or fence, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, etc.
Electrical components: Main panel, circuit breakers or fuses, types of wiring, wiring material, lightening protection, light fixtures, etc.
Plumbing: Water flow in the pipes, seepage of water into walls, pipe material, condition of the pipes, toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and taps, overhead tank for water storage (if any), etc.
In conclusion, never compromise on the condition of the house because even the smallest of defects will add to your expenses.
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