Moving into a new home is an exciting venture and typically signifies the beginning of a new chapter in your life. In order to make sure that this chapter is a good one, however, it is essential that you give your new home a preliminary check to ensure that everything is in working order. This will save you a lot of hassle and headache—and possibly money—in the long run. It’s best to get this out of the way before you start unpacking your bags—in fact, ideally before you even buy the house in the first place.

Here are some of the things you want to be on the lookout for before you purchase your new home or get too comfortable in it:

  • Water stains: Take a look at the ceilings and walls for any red flags that indicate dampness, mould, or water stains. This could signify that there is a leaky pipe somewhere in the home that needs to be repaired. If you find any, fortunately it isn’t too expensive to fix a leaky pipe; the tricky part is finding the culprit, and fixing any damage that may have been caused by the persistent moisture. If you don’t see any water stains, however, you should still be wary of any portions of the wall that appear to be recently plastered, covered with wallpaper, or more decorated than the rest of the wall. This could be a red flag that something is being covered up.
  • The boiler: If anything is wrong with the boiler, whether it is in need of repair or replacement, this will quickly prove to be an expensive venture. Because that is the last thing you will want to worry about after having just moved into your new home, it’s a good idea to take precautionary measures to ensure your boiler is in good working order before taking the keys, and negotiate a reduced price to compensate for any action that needs to be taken for a properly functioning boiler. To check its functioning, turn it on for a short while before you inspect the rest of the property. By the time you are done looking around, the radiators should have begun to heat up. Also ensure that you check the sticker on it to see the last time it was serviced.
  • Toilets: The final things you will want to carefully check are the toilets. If there is a strong smell of air freshener in the bathroom, you should ask yourself whether or not this is to disguise a bad smell. To find out the truth, you can flush the toilet to see if it works smoothly without being slow to drain or refill. Another option is to check the drainage area outside, where it is much more difficult for defects to remain hidden. Inspect this area carefully for any red flags if need be.

If you see to all of these things before buying your new home and unpacking your bags to begin a new chapter of your life, you will find that you are much less likely to run into any issues regarding your plumbing.