Spring time is here and that often means more properties are put on the market. Before you set your sights on the first property, it’s important to have a game plan on how to tackle the inspection process. To help you get a clearer picture and check each property methodically, we’ve created a little cheat sheet for you.
Note down the essentials
With so many inspections to attend it can be easy for properties and details to blur together. Take note of key information and write them down. You may also want to write a short note to yourself on why this property stands out to jog your memory.
Auction date (if applicable)
Body Corporation rates (if applicable)
Orientation (north or east facing is often preferred)
Before you go in
While it can be tempting to rush inside and check out the interior, take the time to really assess the exterior of the property first.
Maintenance – is the garden and exterior well maintained?
Parking – is there assigned parking? What is the street parking like? Are permits required?
Number of apartments/units on site (if applicable)
Drainage – check gutters and drains and look for sloping landscape. Are there muddy patches on the property?
Building materials and age – will any area need attention soon? For example, will a new roof be needed?
Noise – both traffic and general street noise
Condition of neighbouring properties – do they look well maintained? Is there nearby construction?
It can be easy to fall in love with the design and staging, but try and look beyond this to ensure this is a functional home that will meet your needs.
Floorplan – is it functional? For example, are bedrooms away from the living area? If there’s only one bathroom, is it easily accessible to guests or will they have to walk through your bedroom to use it?
Size and shape – if there is no furniture it can be difficult to gauge size, so bring a tape measure with you. If the size works for you, make sure the shape of the rooms suit your needs. For example, some living areas may look large, but they don’t have a solid wall area that could fit an entertainment unit.
Storage – check the storage of each room. Don’t forget to actually open each cupboard; there are instances where bedroom wardrobes or kitchen cupboards actually contain the hot water unit.
Materials – is asbestos a possibility? Will floors, benches or tiles need replacing?
Plumbing – turn on taps and check the water pressure, drainage and how long it takes for water to heat up.
Heating/cooling – try and turn the air conditioner on to ensure it works and take note of how old it might be.
Lighting – is there a lot of natural light? Do all the light switches work?
Electrical – take a look at the switches, power points and fuse box. Will you need more power points? Do you suspect rewiring will be needed because of the age of the property?
Quality of appliances – do they work and will they need replacing soon?
Ventilation – is the kitchen and bathroom fitted with fans that offer proper ventilation?
Signs of neglect – cracked windows, torn screens, damaged walls etc.
Privacy – both inside and while in the yard/on the balcony.
Signs of mould or water damage
If after this initial inspection you are still interested, set up another inspection at a different time of day to see if you notice anything different. If the property seems like a winner, get a professional in to take a more in depth look to ensure you’re not surprised by repair costs or pest infestations.
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