More than meets the eye

2015-05-07 06:00
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Purchasing a property is a major decision.

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ALTHOUGH it is the appearance of a home that buyers often fall in love with, there is sometimes more to a home than meets the eye.

This is according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of Re/Max of Southern Africa.

“Purchasing a property is a large ­investment. In fact, for many it is the largest financial investment they will ever make.”

For this reason it is important that buyers take time and give their ­decision the necessary consideration it requires before buying, he says.

Goslett provides buyers with the top five potential defects to look for:

Cracks in the foundation walls

While this may sound like they are fairly easy to spot, cracks can be hidden by layers of plaster and paint. “Not every crack will mean that there is a major defect however, some cracks could indicate structural damage that will be extremely costly to fix.

Roof damage

Yellowing marks on the ceiling are normally an indication that the roof is leaking. This should not be ignored and if not repaired, could result in structural damage or damp in the walls.

Foundation drainage

There must be sufficient and effective water drainage around the exterior of the home to avoid water pooling or damp problems in the low-lying areas of the property.

Faulty electrical system

Legislation requires the homeowner to be in possession of a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance (ECOC), which will ensure that the electrical work and installations are safe and meet the required­ regulations of the South African National Standards.

Plumbing problems

Plumbing issues are often difficult to detect or check, as the problem may be underground. The more common defects include outdated piping materials and faulty fixtures.

“Taking the time to ensure that the property is in good repair may require some initial work on the buyer’s part, however, the time and effort will pay off in the long run by providing the buyer with an appreciating asset that grows in value,” Goslett says.

— Property24

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