Essential House Checks Before You Buy

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David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Buying a home is one of the most significant investments you will make alongside getting married, having children, or maybe a brand-new car. 

What is very interesting about house buying is that people tend to get a feeling about a house they have viewed and settle on the fact they want to buy it before any checks have been completed.

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It is essential to consider how long you are likely to live in that home and that if you don’t have the correct checks done, you might end up fitting the bill for some expensive repairs.

When you buy your home, you need to make sure that you spend the time and have the budget available to have professionals carry out several essential checks.

Ideally, you want maintenance checks, essential structural checks, water testing, and more.

Independent survey

Instruct a qualified surveyor to ensure that they have all of the safety and quality checks for your property done on your behalf.

There is a range of different types of surveys that can highlight huge issues. These can be issues that would ordinarily stop because the price for a repair is too high.

Some of the most common problems found by survivors include electrical issues, infestations, and asbestos. 

Inspectors may also search for things like evacuating from windows in the event of a fire, lead pipes, items that might cause accidents.

Electrical & gas checks

If the seller doesn’t have proof that the gas and electrical systems have been recently inspected, it’s best to hire a contractor yourself. You can also give a call to your local heating engineer and ask them to perform an inspection. 

Mold inspection

Most often, if you can see mold, you know you have it. So you will already have an understanding that the house will need to be treated before you move into it. 

However, sometimes you can smell mold, but you can’t see it. 

Having your potential new home inspected for mold is usually a good idea. A mold inspector will use a special meter that detects the moisture and dampness within the drywall, other building materials, and of course, the insulation. They also often take air samples from the inside and outside.

This is one of the only ways to know for sure if there is mold in your potential new house.


Most home inspectors will take a good look at the house’s foundation and note any issues they spot. 

These issues could also include nearby tree roots, draining issues, indications of movement of the property, which are often cracks in the pointing, on the ceiling walls, or floor of the property.

If they feel like there needs to be further inspection, they will often recommend having a structural engineer come and check it.

Before you move into your home, make sure you have as many checks as possible to know you aren’t paying for a house as it will cost you more in the long run.

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