Moving into a new property can be an expensive process at any time. If you have to add expensive plumbing issues to the cost, you could find yourself in a difficult situation. There are some issues which you might not easily spot but which could end up costing you thousands at the end of the day. If you are aware of them before you complete a house purchase, you can at least ask for money off the purchase price to compensate.
It’s worth paying attention to potential signs of plumbing problems so that you are at least prepared for what you could be facing. If you are unsure about how much a plumbing issue is likely to cost you then you may want to contact a Sydney plumber for advice. You may want to still go ahead with the house purchase, or you may feel that the cost is too high. Here are some of the signs of possible plumbing problems that you should look out for.
Does the roof seem to have been renovated?
Of course, it can be a good thing for the roof to have been renovated, but there are problems that could be hidden as a result. It’s even more likely that this is the case if access to the roof area has been made difficult. You should ask questions about the renovation, and about why the owners decided to have the work carried out.
Has work been carried out in the kitchen?
It has to be said that many home owners have work carried out in the kitchen, prior to sale, because they know it can make selling easier and can potentially increase the selling price. If this is the case then it’s not a bad thing. You get a kitchen that looks fresh and clean, which is great. On the other hand, leaks are very common in kitchens. It could be that the homeowner has had problems with a kitchen leak, and that the improvements have been carried out to hide the after effects. Do not be afraid to ask about the reasons for work being carried out and ask for proof that it was professionally undertaken.
Look at the outside as well as the inside?
It’s not just the inside of a property where you can see evidence of potential plumbing problems. When you are thinking of buying a property, you should pay attention to the path. If the path seems to have been replaced, or patched up, you need to find out why. It could be that there was a problem with the drainage system for the property. If this is the case, it’s important that you make sure it’s been dealt with effectively. Drainage issues can end up costing thousands of dollars, and you do not want to have to pay this amount of money out, especially when you have just had house purchase and relocation costs to pay.
All of these potential signs of expensive plumbing issues in your new home should be checked out. If you are not careful, you could be facing a bill of thousands of dollars.