What hidden threats could damage your home?
What hidden threats could damage your home?
Congratulations: you’ve purchased your house, settled in and are now getting excited with the unpacking. While you should always enjoy this exciting time as much as you can, you also need to be sure that you’re protecting yourself and your new asset from some of the problems that could befall it. From garden nasties to major shocks like fires, any number of things could happen – luckily, there are some ways to either reduce the risk or defend yourself against it.
The very worst
First off, it’s a good idea to consider the very worst of all the possibilities – some sort of major disaster, like a fire or a flood. Thankfully, these kinds of problems are pretty rare. While stories of entire homes exploding due to gas leaks can strike fear into the heart of every homeowner. There are two main ways to reduce the risk and defend yourself in case the worst does happen. The first way is to be sure that you’re reducing the risks of problems in the first place. For a major issue such as a fire, preventing it by blowing out all candles and turning off all cooking equipment when not in use is one way to go about it.
If the worst does happen, the second approach – insuring your property – is wise. If you own a leasehold property, it’s worth checking with your management company or freeholder to be sure that you know what sort of insurance you need to put in place. The leaseholder may already pay buildings insurance, for example, especially if you’re in a flat. If you’re a freeholder, it’s likely that you’re more on your own – and in either case, it’s almost certain that you will need to pay for contents insurance to cover damage to your own belongings. In these eventualities, you will at least know that you’re covered financially in the event of any problems arising and damaging your building or your possessions.
If you’re lucky enough to have own a property which comes with its very own garden, it’s likely that you’ll be looking forward to some days in the summer sun or to getting started with some gardening. However, you’ll also have to be sure that you’re ahead of the game when it comes to common threats to your garden’s health.
One such threat is the risk that your garden might end up becoming infected with Japanese knotweed. Knotweed is a peculiar variety of invasive plant which is often seen in London, but also around the world. It’s notably difficult to get rid of too – meaning that it could land you with a big bill before you sell on your property if it was to be identified on any survey. While the cost of having it removed can sometimes be four figures in price, it is often considered worth it for the peace of mind it delivers.
Damp and mould
Unless you purchased a property with a high degree of condensation damage, it’s likely that you will in fact be able to prevent damp and mould altogether. That’s because issues of damp and mould are among some of the more preventable household issues. Often, they can be prevented simply by changing your habits. One such way to do this is to install an extractor fan in your bathroom, which can remove condensation as it arises – especially if you don’t have a window in there.
While on the face of it, this sort of change might seem like a small one, it’s actually a very important way of preserving your home’s value. Damp and mould are often perceived by potential buyers as indications of something else being wrong elsewhere in the house – and more often than not, they’re right. Damp and mould not only damage your home’s resale value, they can also contribute to a variety of forms of ill health – not least of which is respiratory problems. If you’re looking to sell your home, rest assured that damp will most certainly be seen as a threat of one kind of another – and could affect your ability to proceed.
The decline of a house in terms of its appearance is not often placed in the same category as fires, mould and knotweed, but the reality is that it can have a very potent effect on how a sale might pan out. A home which either does not look as good as other properties in the area or does not live up to a certain standard is often cast aside by potential buyers – and for a seller, this can be a catastrophe, as it’s so preventable.
Making even small changes to the exterior of a property can render it much better in the eyes of a potential buyer. One such change might be the use of plants on the front window ledge, say, or a strategically new fixture such as a front door. By showing that you have invested in the exterior of your home, you can counter the threat of a potential seller being scared away.
As a property owner, the rights and privileges come alongside immense responsibility. Gone are the days when your parents or your landlord were responsible for the property’s upkeep: now, it’s all down to you. While the thought of making threats could make you feel understandably very nervous, it’s important to remember both that it’s within your power to defend yourself again these threats – and to reduce the chances of them happening in the first place. By following the tips outlined here, you’ll soon be able to make sure you are best defended against the worst.
Selling a property should be a simple process if you’ve managed to protect it over the years you’ve owned it to date. However, if you’re having trouble, why not speak to NPT – they may be able to help in as little as seven days. Find out more information here and get things moving today.