Buying a property can oftentimes require incredible attention to detail, and a little bit of forward thinking. It’s important to ensure you haven’t left a stone unturned, knowing about every little problem, or finding out if there’s potential for new ones to arise.
We’ve put together an extensive home inspection checklist covering every aspect from both inside and out – let’s take a look!
Water Pressure and Plumbing
Run a close eye over all the home’s pipes and plumbing, both inside and outdoors. Turn the laundry, kitchen and bathroom taps on to see the pressure and colour of the water.
Check out the walls and ceiling areas for any cracks which can indicate unwanted movement. In some circumstances, cracks be the start of something very expensive to repair down the track. Severe damage in regard to cracks can require a qualified building inspector to inform you of the true underlying cause, and how costly it could be to fix.
Take the time to really think about how the room layout will fit or affect your lifestyle if you were to live here. A couple of questions to ask yourself could be; Is there enough room? Will I need more storage space in the near future?
The home you’re inspecting may have tonnes of potential, however if you don’t think you’ll have the time or budget to undergo it, then it’s probably not worth the purchase.
Have a look at which direction the house is facing. This will represent how hot or cold a house might get in respective seasons throughout the year. Is the place getting enough natural light and airflow? What else is neighbouring the house? Are views or airflow obstructed by buildings or fences?
Depending on what your plans are for the floor, it would be worth asking what is underneath carpeting etc. Sometimes a corner may be exposed that you can peel back to see. This is important to know as flooring is another expensive attribute to replace or repair.
Water marks and stains are sometimes the first signs of mould problems, so check for any possible ventilation issues that have the potential to clean out your wallet. Check for any damp areas or odours inside cupboards or wardrobes.
Knock on a few timber beams or floorboards and listen for a hollow sound. This could mean the place is filled with termites and could run into thousands to rectify. It would be wise to check with the local council and the agent to find out if the that particular area is termite-prone.
Also, if there are other baiting devices such as mouse traps or rat poison lying around, chances are there’s a bad rodent problem as well.
Take a walk around both the back and front yards paying close attention to the garden. Although generally not too difficult to fix, it’s a good idea to know exactly what you’re up against if you went through with the purchase.
Depending on the type of plants that are already growing, the garden could require a mass amount of ongoing maintenance. Are there any trees that are dangerously overhanging the neighbours’ fence? Consider the upkeep and what it will cost.
Use the existing condition of the home to plan how much it will cost you to renovate or extend particular parts of the house. Consider whether you would need council approval for these to avoid being disappointed if your plans happen to go belly-up.
Remember that nosey neighbours can become a problem, real fast. Check out the level of privacy there is considering both yards, and depending on the home’s design, balconies, side windows or second-floor windows.
Walk around the fence line and check that any gates, palings or even Colorbond are perfectly intact. If not, you may be the unlucky one to have to foot the bill.
Large trees can be costly to remove. Make sure there are none in your yard with dangerous, overgrown branches, but this also works both ways – check that the neighbours don’t have any hanging over your house or yard too.
Will removing leaves from the guttering be a constant pain of a job? How much shade is there to cover outdoor dining areas etc.?