Making sure that a property is in good order is an essential part of the buying process, but it doesn’t stop there. Once you have completed the purchase and are living in or renting out your new property, you still need to make sure you look after it to preserve your investment.
Whether it is a period home or a new build, much of what needs to be done will be the same.
Here are some dos and don’ts for looking after your property:
Keeping a property in good condition is as important on the outside as it is indoors. A regular visual check should help to identify any potential problems so look out for cracks appearing in the external structure, damage to pipes or blocked guttering.
Additionally, it is a good idea to check if roof tiles have been dislodged or damaged, or if any masonry has become unstable following particularly harsh weather. This can be of extra importance if the exterior of your property has ornate fittings or period touches.
If there are signs of damp indoors, you should always look for where any water may be coming in. Penetrating damp can be caused by leaking pipes, a damaged roof or wall coverings that have become damaged by age or weather.
Looking after the inside of a property requires more than keeping it clean and giving it the occasional coat of paint. Any cracks that appear in walls or plaster should be thoroughly investigated and any new or unusual creaks, knocking sounds or dripping noises should also be looked into to identify the cause.
Old or damaged electrical wiring can be extremely dangerous and must be replaced by a qualified professional. Likewise any property that has a gas supply must be regularly checked to ensure there are no leaks and everything is fully compliant with all safety rules and requirements.
Damp problems can plague any kind of property, although older ones can be more prone to certain types of damp due to their construction. Modern properties with cavity walls suffer less penetrating damp but can be more prone to condensation problems associated with the lack of air flow caused by double glazing and draught-proofing improvements.
As well as being unsightly, any form of damp can cause health problems for those living in the property and may eventually be responsible for long-term structural damage to the property.
Caring for Your Home
Essentially a great deal of what is involved in looking after a property comes down to using common sense and being prepared to ask for a professional opinion when needed. As any homeowner will tell you, buying a property is only the first stage of the process and keeping it in good order is where the real work begins.