4 Clear Damage Signs to Look for When Buying a Property

4 Clear Damage Signs to Look for When Buying a Property

Looking for a new home for yourself or your family is one of the most significant events in most people’s lives. Finding the right property is crucial but can also be challenging. One of the most important aspects is avoiding future problems and expenses resulting from pre-existing damage. By looking out for the following signs, you can save yourself a lot of money and headaches.

The financial and emotional challenges resulting from buying a home riddled with underlying problems are some of the main reasons buyers seek out the advice of residential property management specialists like Latitude Property Ltd.

Common Signs of Property Damage

When searching for the perfect place to create a safe haven for your loved ones, look out for these indications that the property has serious underlying problems:

Water, Water Everywhere

A musty smell or stains on the walls can be tell-tale warning signs of a much more serious problem. Look out for indications that mold and mildew, especially in the bathroom, kitchen, and any storage areas. Also, be aware of rust, leaking gutters or areas of damp ground outside the property that may be indicative of poor drainage or leaky gutters.

Straight as an Arrow

While an irregular ceiling may not seem like the end of the world, uneven ceilings, floors or walls can be a sign that there are more worrying structural issues beneath the surface. Identify any lumps and bumps by using a flashlight and looking out for shadows and deflections. Unless you’re 100% sure, ask for an inspector to come in and provide a structural report. Once you have a comprehensive assessment, you can make an educated decision about whether to continue with the purchase and tackle the problems, or withdraw from the process altogether.  

Founding Fathers

Sometimes, geographical anomalies can result in structural changes in a building’s foundations. These can be some of the most expensive problems to deal with so it’s well worth identifying them prior to purchase. The primary indications of such problems include cracks in the walls, window panes and ceilings; irregular floors and windows or doors that are difficult to open. Faults in the exterior walls are indicative of potentially serious structural problems. Again, a report from a professional engineer is the best way forward.


Often, plumbing issues go unseen prior to purchase but can result in endless frustrations and huge, unexpected expense, not to mention the disruption to your life if these problems are only identified after you’ve taken up occupation of the building. To avoid these unwelcome surprises, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Age of the hot water service, and when it was last serviced, and whether it will be sufficient for your needs
  • Blocked drains and toilets that fail to flush effectively
  • Nearby trees with potentially troublesome roots.

By using a reputable company like Latitude Property Ltd., buyers can rest assured that they receive all the benefits of appropriate residential property management. This means the necessary checks and inspections are completed regularly to ensure a smooth purchasing experience and an end result devoid of unexpected bills and stressful damage control.