Buying a home is the dream of many families. But at this important moment, in addition to making sure that the plan of the house or apartment is adequate for everyone’s needs, evaluating the structure of the property is also fundamental. Even more so when it comes to a used and older property.
However, as it is a process that involves a lot of emotion, since we are talking about a great achievement, many problems can go unnoticed and cause inconvenience in the future.
Therefore, in this article, we present all the points that you must evaluate in relation to the structure of the property to make a safe purchase. Check out!
Property structure: everything that cannot be missing from your valuation
The problems listed below can cause major headaches in the future. This is not only because of the inconvenience, but also because they can compromise the family budget. So, think carefully if it is worth buying a property that has any of them:
Apparent signs of problem in the structure of the property already light a warning sign!
They can be cracks, cracks and/or cracks in the walls and/or ceiling. Broken columns and support beams, with or without apparent hardware. All of them can indicate from the simplest problems, even the compromise of the property’s security.
Therefore, a renovation can be very expensive and not worth the investment.
The electrical installations of used buildings, especially the older ones, also require a lot of attention. For this, it is essential that an expert makes an assessment of the conditions of the place.
Problems such as drying of the threads, oxidation, among others, can compromise energy efficiency, in addition to what is most important, which is safety.
The time to negotiate the purchase of the property is the ideal time to ask for adjustments to the electrical part, such as differentiated lighting or lighting that matches your decor.
Also check the wiring, outlets, circuit breaker, and other electrical power details in the house.
Before buying the property, there is still time to ask the broker or the real estate agent for changes so that you don’t have to bear these expenses in the future.
Another point of assessment of the structure of the property, the hydraulic installations also need to be in good condition for the purchase to be worthwhile.
Therefore, check that the faucets, dishes and valves do not show cracks or signs of corrosion. In addition, also check that there is no dripping on taps, siphons and hydraulic hoses.
Test the registries to make sure they are working correctly. As well as the discharges and the flow of the toilets.
Don’t forget to turn on the faucets and also check the color and smell of the water. If there are any abnormalities, it may indicate problems with the plumbing or dirt in the water tank.
Mold and mildew
Speaking of hydraulic installations, pay attention to any signs of mold or mildew in the rooms of the property. Because, although they are more common in bathrooms and laundry rooms, they can also appear in other environments.
This problem is not only aesthetic, it is also harmful to health, especially for those who already have respiratory problems. Molds and molds caused by the proliferation of fungi also cause bad smell.
Its origin can be due to the location being stuffy or to humidity, but it can also indicate problems, such as infiltration, for example. Hence, it is important to identify the cause to resolve once and for all.
Roof and roof
When looking for signs of mold and mildew, also look at the condition of the roof and roof of the property. If the ceiling has PVC lining, for example, check its state of conservation, as if it is dry or if it is brittle, it will need to be replaced.
If you are analyzing a house to buy, check the condition of the roof tiles to make the exchange, if any are broken.
Floors and tiles
Unevenness, stains, cracks, loose parts, condition of the grout, all these must be checked on the floors and tiles, when evaluating the structure of the property.
Also, depending on the type of floor installed, you should note different characteristics. Check it out:
- Wood: Look for unevenness or raised boards, as they may indicate soil moisture. Also see if the edges of the boards are frayed. And if it is hardwood flooring, check the condition of the varnish and grout.
- Laminates and vinyls: check for unevenness, cracks, and loose parts and, in the case of Click vinyl, that the floors are not separated from each other.
- Porcelain or ceramic: check that there are no broken, cracked or scratched parts, and also that there is noise when walking on them.
Doors and windows
Doors and windows also need to be in good repair. To know this, see if they close easily, if the latches and hinges are working well, and make sure the rails are quiet and free of rust.
If they are made of wood, make sure they are not dropping sawdust, as it could be a sign of termites. Also, test that the doors do not scrape the floor when opening and closing.
If you are considering buying a property that already has cabinets installed, such as custom furniture, pay close attention to the state of conservation of all of them.
Check that the wood is solid, is not shedding sawdust or any other signs of termite infestation. Test all doors and drawers to make sure they are working properly.
Don’t forget to confirm that all are correctly installed on the walls, if applicable.
Count on the help of professionals to facilitate the process
There are many points to pay attention to when evaluating the structure of the property, isn’t it?
That’s why the help of professionals, such as realtors, can help a lot in this process. Because, due to experience in the market, a broker alerts you to details that may not seem to indicate any problems, but will cause a headache later on.
In addition, just as they help you evaluate your future home more accurately and safely, a broker also makes sure that all documentation is up to date for the deal to be a success.
This process involves many documents, such as property registration, property tax, among others, depending on the property’s characteristics. So having someone with experience to support you will make all the difference.