House buying: How to know if there is structural damage

House buying: How to know if there is structural damage

Moving into a new home can be a daunting experience; sorting out the finances, moving all your possessions, getting to know the neighborhood, it takes time to become comfortable in new surroundings so the last thing you need is to have a potential disaster on your hands in the form of faulty structures in place. There are a variety of hazards that can lead to this type of damage occurring so it is important that you are able to identify these before making any property purchases, or at least so that you can fix them in time. The easiest thing to do is hire a professional to come and inspect your house but there are certain tell-tale signs which will allow you to identify possible risks prior to this.

  • Damp conditions – One massive sign that something isn’t right with the foundations of your home are if the walls are damp or the roof is leaking. This generally points to a more serious, underlying problem that has originated through a gradual process. The reason for it occurring generally points to poor ventilation which often leads to more serious conditions such as mould growth or woodworm infestation.

  • Discoloration – If you notice that your walls are a little off color and looking a shade darker in certain areas or even a completely different complexion then it is possible you have a case of mould. As discussed above this originates in dam conditions so it is important you take preventative action before it ever gets this bad. Mould can lead to devastating structural damage which can result in the complete replacement of walls and ceilings.

  • Smell – If parts of your home have an off-putting smell that has only recently formed then this can point to a more serious piece of structural damage. Once again it might be mould from damp conditions or it could also be a form of rot from poorly built infrastructure such as the doors and windows which have not been installed correctly leading to water becoming trapped in the walls. You might also want to check for any leakages from appliances which can lead to more severe consequences if not fixed promptly.

  • Brittle timber – If you have noticed that your floorboards appear to have marks on them like something has been feasting on them then you most likely have a woodworm infestation. This can be disastrous if not treated efficiently as you may end up having to replace the entire floorboards. You can find woodworm treatment at your local DIY store or contact a professional serviceman to take care of it for you.

Identifying areas of structural damage and possible causes is ninety percent of the work. Once you succeeded in this then finding a solution is relatively easy. Constant vigilance when it comes to your home is essential and free to do so there should be no excuses when it comes to putting a little effort into preserving your property.

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