First Time Home Buyers: Checklist For New Homeowners

For a lot of people, major chapters of their lives include getting married, having kids and then buying their first home. These are amazing periods of time, but they can also be stressful. Here at Electric Heating Expert, we understand that you might not know what the pitfalls are in regards to the electrical side of things. With that said, below is a checklist to help make things a little less stressful.

Monthly Costs: What Are They

When you’re looking at your dream house, you want to get an idea of how much you’ll pay on average for certain bills. More specifically, gas and electricity. These are bills that will need to be taken into account.

Inspection

Before you sign a contract, you should get the home inspected. Superficial touches such as freshly painted walls, granite worktops, new tiles and built-in ovens can contain dangerous defects. These defects can be due to issues such as mains earthing, fuse boxes, electric heating and electrical cabling to name a few.

After an electrician has performed their inspection, they’ll provide you with their findings. If there are areas of concern, they’ll let you know. They’ll also tell you whether or not something should be fixed right away.

Another thing you can do is request an EICR. This is short for an electrical installation condition report. It covers various areas such as the safety of electrical installations, fixtures and fittings. Not only that, but the report looks at:

. Boilers
. Panel & storage heaters
. Fire detectors
. Hard wired smoke alarms
. Fuse boards and consumer units

Who Can Perform A Property Survey

You want to choose a professional that is qualified to survey a property. They should be a member of the following organisations: The RPSA or the RICS, as both of these groups offer various levels of surveys, and this will be reflected in the price. As for the type of survey you’ll need, this depends on how old the property is and what kind of property it is.

Property Viewing

Without a doubt, you need to visit your dream flat or house, but there are things you’ll want to do to make sure the home meets your needs. Below we have created a list of a few of those things. With that said, you want to check for the following to determine if you’re willing to pay the asking price or if you should negotiate it:

. Is there mould or condensation present
. Do the lights and switches work in every room
. When was the last time the fuse box was checked?
. How old is the fuse box
. Is the boiler noisy and what’s its service history
. Are the power sockets in convenient locations?
. Are there exposed wires anywhere because you’ll want to have those fixed immediately if you choose to buy the home?

. Find out what the home’s rating for energy performance is. This is because you’ll have an idea of how much energy you’ll be using if you move into the home.
. Will you need an electric radiator or is the heating already provided? Does the property have a conservatory?
. Is central gas heating available for the property?
. Is the home properly insulated? The more sufficient the insulation is, the less you’ll pay in energy bills.

Before you officially sign the dotted lines on a contract, make sure you go over the above checklist. If you want to learn about other useful tips and advice, then feel free to message us. Alternatively, you can check out our blog, which we update regularly. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have, too.

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