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Be Prepared! Problems You Can Find In Your New Home

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Moving into a new property should be a new start. But for whatever a new start represents for you, there are usually a few hurdles that you need to jump over before you start making upgrades to your home and truly get settled in. However old or new the home is, there can be issues left unattended, especially if the last people moved out some time ago. What are the things that you need to be aware of?


Creepy Crawlies

If there has been a crack in the wall that wasn't sealed or moisture has seeped into the property, there could be a build-up of bugs, ants, or termites. When you first check out the property after moving in, it's important to go around and examine the little areas like floorboards and exterior walls. While there are professionals like Economy Exterminators that can help, if you find an abundance of creepy crawlies it may very well be due to a significant amount of moisture or a hole needs sealing. In which case, you need to purchase sealant but also make sure that the affected areas are damp proof.

Roof Damage

When we go into a property we may not necessarily have a look at the roof right away. But even if the home has already been inspected there is no telling what has happened since that occurred. There could be weather damage but there could also be problems with regards to leaks caused by old or damaged shingles. It's not advisable to go on the roof yourself but if you notice anything untoward from the back of the property, it's a good idea to get in contact with a specialist right away. It's worth inspecting the roof yourself as soon as you move into the property but you could do this by getting a pair of binoculars rather than endangering yourself by climbing up onto the roof.

Poor Ventilation

These days, many people try to save money on their utility bills. And as a result, if you move into a newer property you may save a lot of money on your heating bills, but this could be to the detriment of your home. Many homeowners now tend to overseal their homes, which can result in a lot of interior moisture. If left unattended over time, this could cause rotting but also cause damage to various structural and non-structural elements. Fixing ventilation is about taking the opportunities to allow air into the home. Where possible, leave windows open, but also keep an eye on where mold could build up as a result of poor ventilation.

Plumbing Problems

It is still one of the main issues when people move into a new home. One of the main problems can arise from incompatible piping materials. There are also common culprits like faulty fixtures. When you encounter these issues, the best thing to do is speak to a professional in the local area to have a sense of continuity. You could also speak to the people that lived in the property before you if this is possible.


There are various issues in relation to a new property, but rather than letting this take the shine off your new home, be vigilant and prepared.




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