When buying a new home it can be a very exciting time and a big investment, but some things can be overlooked and could become very expensive. You could get easily distracted from unseen and potentially serious issues with the properties heating system.
You might think you have found a bargain but you could be stepping into the unknown with huge costs arising. Buying a home without realising that the property needs a new heating system can be a very expensive mistake to make.
It is important to check the properties boiler, making sure it is efficient and well-maintained. Sellers are legally obliged to inform you of any issues within the property itself, so always bear that in mind.
Before any legal documents are signed, it’s a very good idea to have an inspection take place, because if there are any dirty water pumps then you are able to negotiate about repairs before combining into the agreement on the sale of the home.
We take a look at some of the important factors you need to consider and look out for when buying a new home.
- Look to see whether the home has a floor standing or wall mounted boiler. If it is a floor standing boiler it may need to be replaced very soon and could be at least 12 years old.
- Check how many pipes are coming out of the boiler. If there is four this is likely to be an expensive way to heat the water. Two pipes is a modern design.
- Look at the water tank. If there is no control on the hot water temperature then this is NO GOOD.
- Do the radiators have metal fins along the back? If they don’t then they are around 20 years old and will need to be replaced.
- Check the radiators to see if they have thermostatic valves on them.
- Check the toilets. Check at the bottoms of the toilet for any leaks. The leak may appear to be minor but it could end up causing serious damage. You need to check for signs of leaking and check if the flooring hasn’t yielded.
- Investigate the main sewer. Drains do clog and sometimes it isn’t obvious. It’s a good idea to get it checked by a professional plumber to prevent further stress down the line.
- Look out for combination boilers in the home. They can be efficient and effective in smaller properties, but they do not have hot water storage and are only suitable for homes with only one bathroom.
- All new boilers installed should be ‘condensing’ A or B efficiency rated.
- Old radiators can cause corrosion and limescale. Don’t go putting a new high efficiency boiler in as this will be a wasted cost and pointless.