A huge investment is required for buying a property in Pakistan. Many people tend to save money for many years with the intention to buy a home in the future. As it’s an essential decision of your life, it’s okay to get confused when it comes to getting an idea about your home's worth.
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One idea you can try here is to hire an independent architect, surveyor, or engineer. This guy is an expert and tells you about minor and major issues of a home. In case you don’t need expert help and think that you can do home inspection all by yourself, I would like to help you in this regard. I’m going to tell you what things to check before buying a Property.
It’s common for a home seller to polish the home well before putting it in the market. The main idea is to make up a home so it looks great. However, when you visit the home, pay close attention to kitchen cabinets, closets, and doors. Did the homeowner recently paint them? If yes, then try to find some cracks or broken corners.
The main idea here is to detect rotten wood. Kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities are exposed to excess moisture, and this condition results in wood damage. Also, open and close wall closets to find out their working condition.
Once you are done with all the woodwork and are satisfied that nothing requires many repairs from your side, then the next thing to look at is the walls. More than 40 percent of Pakistan's homes have mold issues in the walls, which is resulted due to excess moisture seeping through the walls.
You can quickly notice brown and black stains on the walls. Chipped wall paint often tells you the story of poor quality construction and wall damage. Although you can’t negotiate your sale price based on minor wall problems, you can take this matter to the table when the wall is made with low quality material.
Once you are done with the wall, the next important thing to look at during your home inspection in Pakistan is the roof. When the roof is flat, it’s okay to drop some water on it and check whether any area collects all the water.
You can quickly notice a stain of water on some roofs. In case roofs are sloppy, then check missing tiles and shingles as they will require you to spend money on the roof repair.
Whether you plan to rent out your new home or move inside it, you must have to check its drainage system. Turn on a tap and see how the water flows and the way it drains. If you notice drainage block problems, then it’s better to ask a plumber about it. However, when there is no drainage and flow of water inside a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry area, pipes have no problems.
Damp walls inside a bathroom or kitchen are red signals; they tell you that pipes have some leakage problems- that would require your attention later for sure.
I’m not saying you should check electrical wires on your own. But my purpose here is to tell you that exposed electrical wirings are something that you can’t ignore. Make sure that every tube light and bulb installed is working correctly.
Turn on fans at high speed. When fans can’t spin at high speed, and you notice flickering lights, then there might be a voltage issue in the area. It’s better to confirm electricity matters with authorities before you buy any property.
It’s advisable to keep your eye open during the home inspection. If there are curtains on the windows, slide them at one side and check whether there are broken glass or windows. Open and close all the kitchen cabinets to find out whether all the fittings and fixtures are working fine or not. Sometimes, a ready-to-move home looks very appealing at first, but when you start examining all the things, then you find out about its faults. Check ultimate home moving checklist
When you notice that a home has a weak foundation, it’s not worth investing your money. You must have to check the floor. Sagging floorboards and wooden beams in the basement tells you that a home you are buying doesn’t have a robust foundation. When you find this kind of fault, it’s better to check another home. Keep in mind that the foundation can’t be repaired. It would be best if you rebuild your home from scratch.
Before you buy any home, make sure you check its every corner, fixture, flooring, fittings, and other things very carefully. You must know whether a home is as valuable as you think or not. It’s good to take an expert or good-observer with you. Four eyes are always better than two. The more people check a home, the more viewpoints you will have about it. But don’t overthink. Keep your home inspection reasonable and realistic.