How we think you could solve your residential property problems
Many problems go undetected and are not taken care of until it is too late. One can remedy most issues but the earlier they are spotted and identified the earlier and easier it is to deal with them successfully.
Small signs exist that can be used as a pointer that there is a problem inside or outside your property.
Common Problems Outside
Examining the gutters, downpipes and drains for any signs of deterioration can easily spot external problems on your property.
As one looks around, it is important to look out for any vegetation growth on the gutters, loose slates, rusting or cracking on cast iron, the downpipes or the gutters, leaking pipes, rising damp staining, cracks on any stonework, damaged drains and defects in lead flashings around your chimney and many others.
You can also check for Japanese knotweed. This will help you to detect if there is any damage, which needs your urgent fixing attention. Finally the issue of subsidence needs to be explored and if you are in an area that is affected you may need to look into underpinning.
You can also check for internal property problems. Internal property problems are not as easy to identify, and by the time you spot them the damage may have been done already.
Common Problems Inside
For your basement and the roofs, you can check for water staining on your roof void. You can also check your baths and shower seals for any damage. You can check for dampness through using your sense of smell. If you happen to smell dampness anywhere inside your house, you will need to investigate it further; it can lead to more serious problems if left unchecked.
You can also take some measures to prevent further problems. Although simple enough, these measures can help you to avoid things that can in the long run require professional repairs or replacing.
You can for instance clear all debris and leaves from your roof gutters, hopper heads and water drains. After heavy rain, you must check for leaks or signs of overflow or signs of penetrating damp from your gutters and pipes. You can also look out for loose seals around your bath and shower as this could point out that water is seeping through behind your shower or bath and could result in a wet rot. You can also check for any damp earth or leaking pipes, especially if you have a sub floor crawl space. If these were left unchecked, they would mean timber repairs at a later stage, which are costly.
Although this task can be a pain and some of these tips may seem mundane and tiresome, they mean the difference between having a problem-free property and a property, which is damaged and will need repairs and replacements in order to fetch a good selling price during a house sale.
If you do not have funds available to get your property into a state of good repair we can help. As a quick cash property buyer we’re interested in your property no matter what condition it’s in.