Buying property outside of your country, whether for your own personal use or to resell, requires a lot of planning, determination, and research. You may know what style of property you’re looking for or what location you’re seeking, but the inside contents of the property is just as important. Once you’ve found a place whose style and location meet your requirements, the next step is to verify the safety of the house itself, and everything inside.
Start this process by checking windows and doors for any broken locks, faults, or holes, as well as on the property’s exterior walls. This can make it easier for animals or burglars to get inside your new property. Make sure there are no frayed wires or kinks with the electrical system, as it’s important to get things like this fixed right away if there are problems. Vents should be examined to prevent carbon monoxide buildup, and smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors checked, since carbon monoxide can cause sickness and even death when not properly kept up with.
The safety of your house may be your first concern, as it should be, but don’t forget about the safety of items within your house. After you’ve examined your property for any safety concerns, next research the features in your house. For example, a loosely nailed-in mount for a TV result in a broken TV and damaged floor and wall.
One thing to look for is the viability of the electrical appliances in your home. For lamps and fixtures, check the wattage to avoid overheating and electrical issues. It’s also important to not overcrowd outlets or extension cords, especially if you’re using items from your home country that work under a different voltage.
For obvious appliances, such as a refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, etc., checking the age and function is paramount. It’s also important to look at style and whether or not it will work in your property. For example, if the property has a tall, stacked washer and dryer, but the new tenants are shorter, it may not be comfortable or safe for them to have an appliance that they have to use often, that high.
Depending on who’s moving in to your property, you should also check the bathroom features. Do the bathrooms contain easy access baths? If not, you may want to look into a walk-in bath as an option. These customizable baths can be a major selling point for the eldery, those with physical limitations, or buyers who want to enjoy the relaxation and ease of the walk-in option.
Equipped with a slip-resistant surface and easily opened-and-closed door, instead of a tall ledge as standard baths have, walk-in baths are one of the safest options you have to design your new property. They can also have the added feature of handlebars if even more safety is desired.
Once everything has been inspected and the green light given to start any renovations or moving in, you can now sell or start enjoying your property.