Seven Essentials for Buying a Safe Home
By PJ Wade
In dazzling summer sunshine, everything in a home looks great. But… and it’s a big but!
Buyers can be distracted by strategic staging, clever decor, and time pressures. They benefit from stepping back to determine whether the home they’re considering will require expensive additions or overhauls to keep everyone safe—not just this summer, but every day of the year.
The more buyers ask from sellers, the greater the need for careful examination!
Seven Safety Essentials for Home Buyers
As well as any safety concerns specific to your family, there are seven main issues that should be top of mind for buyers of houses, townhomes, or condominiums:
1. Contained Pool Fun: Pools come in all shapes, sizes, and types. One safety issue remains important: controlling who enters the pool and when. This involves safety measures for small children and across generations, as well as for visitors who are non-swimmers or uncomfortable around water. Pool fencing that complies with local bylaws is essential.
2. Backyard Fire Zones: Landscaping and patio designs are usually customized to suit the specific needs of those paying for these expensive features—the homeowners. Buyers are, therefore, buying someone else’s decisions about what works, what doesn’t, what’s safe for family and what’s not. If buyers’ will be introducing small children and pets into areas designed for adults-only use, modifications may be essential.
3. Aging Danger Zones: Established gardens, patios, pool areas, decks, fences, and playgrounds look wonderful. Realistically, at some point “established” changes to “worn out.” Buyers shouldn’t just peek out windows at the yard or view the garden from the patio doors or deck. Get out there and stomp around — gently. Not enough to destroy the yard, just enough to ensure constructed elements are sound.
4. Landscaping Liabilities: Trees are amazing and valuable. As part of their life cycle, mature trees may need periodic pruning to safely remove dying and dead branches before they become falling hazzards.
5. Inside and Out: Make sure equipment or structures included in the purchase price have genuine value. Home Inspections may include evaluations of major equipment like owned furnaces, water heaters, and even major appliances.
Sometimes, outdoor equipment and structures, even for pools, are overlooked.
6. Multi-storey Perspectives: London England’s shocking high-rise fire shone a bright, terrible spotlight on fire-safety design, maintenance, and unit security around the world. Buyers interested in a high-rise or multi-unit facility should ask their real estate professional to provide documentation concerning these issues for the building or buildings being considered. Local fire authorities can contribute significant fire safety knowledge.
7. Curbing Danger: Even busy or high-accident streets are periodically quiet streets. Buyers do not spend hours or days viewing a home before they buy.
During their brief visit, buyers may not experience any traffic or noise concerns. That’s why real estate professionals are so valuable—but only if buyers express their personal uneasiness and ask direct questions about safety, noise, and anything and everything that is of concern to them.