The culture of moving into readily-built and sometimes, even readily-furnished homes have been in trend for over a decade. In a country like Nigeria, where mortgaging wasn’t really a thing, families and individuals basked in the longing to “build” their own house from scratch to finish; but in recent years, that changed. Emerging millionaires and aspiring home owners no longer ‘waste’ ample time trying to work out the best architectural and structural plans for their dream homes; they simply buy an existing one.
Buying a new house is of great convenience; it saves time, paper-processing, and more. But there are also certain things to look out for when buying a new house or a newly-renovated one.
Location is of great importance. For instance, houses built in riverine areas, no matter how well-structured, stand the risk of flood hazards, erosion, cracks or dampened walls, which could cause water to seep through floors and also create mildews on furniture, clothing, books, and more. As it is believed in Nigeria, the safest period to go on inspection is during the rainy season. The Rainy season permits you to observe the roofs, if they are leaking; observe the area, if it is plagued by erosion; observe the walls, if they get dampened; observe the possibilities of flooding, if water gets into the house. Also check out the drainage system.
Plumbing and wiring are also integral parts. Poor plumbing can cause water to leak into walls, which in turn could cause parts of the house like the bathroom heater, shower, tap head, and others to give off electric shocks. Defective wiring is also one of the major causes of fires in residential homes. Poor plumbing, like the water issue mentioned earlier, can cause wall cracks, mildew, and other technical and structural problems to the building. Do a proper check.
This, sadly, is an aspect that is mostly overlooked. If the environment is naturally mosquito, rodent, or termite infested as a result of a poor sewage system, poor waste management, or poorly managed bush areas, then there is little you can do in terms of buying pesticides and rodenticides; they will keep coming until what sponsors them is taken away. Also look out for pests like termites and bed bugs in existing furniture.
Roofing is key. A poorly installed roof would wear and tear easily, leak, or even get blown off during extreme weathers. Inspect every aspect of the roofing such as the materials, and how well or not so well it was fixed.