For some people, a renovation is the perfect way to achieve their dream home. They can buy a property cheaply and then spend money stripping it back and then refitting it exactly the way they want it. However, it’s not for everyone. Maybe you don’t want the uncertainty of a renovation project, or perhaps you don’t have time to oversee things. Maybe you need a home to move into quickly, and having small children you can’t be living on a building site. For some buyers, a home that’s ‘move in ready’ is a better option, even if it does mean paying a little more and having less control of the overall finish of the property. If you do want a home you can move into pretty much right away and don’t want to be stuck doing lots of work, here are some things to look out for.
Consider the decor
It’s pretty easy to give a fresh coat of paint to walls, and even if you don’t plan on doing much work, you probably won’t mind doing some light redecoration. However, if the property needs a lot of decorating then this is something to consider. Artex on ceilings and walls, threadbare carpet, woodwork that’s been painted a dark colour- these are all things that will take time and money to put right. Make sure you’re up to making these changes.
Check out the kitchen and bathroom
There’s not much you can do to the kitchen or bathroom without making major renovations, and so it’s important to ensure that you’re happy with the way these things look. Old fashioned or ugly coloured bathroom suites, dated kitchens and ugly tiles are all things you’ll have to live with if you don’t have the time, money or inclination to make changes. While you can freshen things up with paint on the walls and perhaps a new vinyl floor fitted over existing tiles, you are limited when it comes to these rooms so make sure they’re something that you’re able to put up with.
Ask about the windows
Windows are incredibly important, from both a home security as well as an energy bill point of view. Replacing these can be expensive so make sure the property you want to buy has double glazed windows. You should also check all of the windows making sure none have failed- fogging between the panes and whistling noises when it’s windy are examples of windows that need replacing. If you don’t want messy renovations and your decor getting spoiled then make sure you check ahead of time if the windows are sufficient.
Have the plumbing and electrics checked
Plumbing and electrics can be tricky as they’re hidden out of sight. However, a problem with them can mean serious expense and the need for renovation of the home where floors, ceilings and walls are often needed to be taken apart for access. Have a survey done, and make sure a plumber and electrician has done a throrough check of the property before signing on the dotted line.