5 Tips for Checking House Safety While Buying Property Abroad
There are always safety checks that you should go through when buying a new house, but when that house is abroad, it’s even more important that you handle that kind of business either up front or right away when you move in.
Some of the most common checks will be taken care of when you go through the following five tips, including checking wiring and electrical outlets, being aware of weather-related damage, talking to the neighbors, looking up local home regulations, and being aware of construction laws.
Check the Wiring and Electrical Outlets
The last thing that you want to do is buy a home and then have some accident involving bad wiring, which can cause serious personal damage as well as the potential for fires. So, have a professional work through your electrical systems and check everything out. This applies to electrical sockets, breaker boxes, outlets in wet areas, and making sure, especially abroad again, that the right current and amps are going to the right places.
Be Aware of Weather Related Issues
Different areas of the world have different weather and different types of housing structures. If you’re unfamiliar with an area, you may not know about thing like a propensity for sun damage, or the chance a roof is rain-damaged, until you make it through a whole season. So, as part of your safety check, research weather patterns and typical problems that people in the area might have with homes that have been around about the same time as yours has.
Talk To the Neighbors
And one way to get some of this regional information, as well as going through other home and neighborhood safety concerns, is by simply talking to your new neighbors. Especially if you’re in close quarters, you want to make friends with them as soon as possible, and they’ll be able to fill you in, even about things like the history of the home, and if it’s ever had problems before.
Look Up Local Regulations
There are also local safety regulations to consider when moving into a new home abroad. Consider that there may be different stipulations about bedrooms in basements, or smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, or the number of people that can park on the property. It’s better to know in advance than be surprised later.
Be Aware of Construction Laws
And finally, if you purchase a home abroad, there may be different laws regarding construction of additions. There are some areas where you can’t construct anything new until something else gets torn down, and you can’t tear something down until you tear everything down. The point of being aware of these construction laws is so that you understand the potential future of the property.