Purchasing a new home is an exciting time in anyone’s life! From finding the location of your home to going through the often-lengthy processes to make it yours, it is something that can be both laborious, but also compelling at the same time.
Once you have signed your name on the dotted line and are dreaming about how you will decorate your new home, you should make sure to go through and assess the condition of specific aspects of your home.
Issues with newly built properties are called Snags. While it can be confusing to know which factors need the once-over, we have compiled a helpful list below, of the top snags that you should be on the look for, when moving into a newly built home.
- Boiler and Heating Systems: This is especially important when moving into a newly built home; you don’t want to find yourself without adequate heating, or no hot water! When doing the initial checks, you should check over the boiler, to ensure it is in full working order. As the responsibility lies with the homeowner following the purchase of a home, this should be towards the top of your priority list; the sellers do not have to disclose the boiler’s condition under the principle known as “Caveat Emptor,” so this should be something on your to-do list. Following your checks, if you have discovered that there is an issue with your boiler and heating system, contact a boiler repair company, including the likes of Duffy Heating. Offering repair services throughout lockdown and beyond, you will be sure to have a warm and comfortably heated home in no time.
- Windows and Doors: A bit of a given. You should ensure that the windows and doors on your new home are to the best standard and that there are no issues with draughts. One common problem that many new homes experience is that the house will gradually “settle” over a period of roughly two years. While this is natural, due to the materials used on the build that is settling, it can cause some issues to develop, including gaps in the window sealant, and cracks around doors. By checking these snags regularly, you can rest assured that your home is well-taken care of and that any problems are dealt with in quick succession.
- Run the Taps and Check for Leaks: Another common snag that new builds experience, but also one that can be fixed easily. By making a note of this snag sooner rather than later, you would be preventing any further damage from occurring, both around the taps themselves and within the foundations that surround the appliance. Checking this snag following the purchase of your home can prevent you from running into any potential snags further down the line.
We hope that you have found this list helpful and insightful. While these are but some of the snags that should be checked following the purchase of a new home, they should be considered as soon as possible.
What’s more, enjoy the process! Moving into a new home can be intense, and sometimes stressful. However, it should also be something that you enjoy; you are starting a new chapter in your lives after all.