Tips And Advice

What To Look For When Inspecting A Property?

You’ve set up the alerts on your phone, planned out the calendar and resigned yourself to giving up your Saturday morning sleep-in in preparation for a day full of open home inspections. However, it dawned on you when you ask yourself, “What should I be looking out for at an open inspection?”

So what’s the best way to approach them? Firstly, go to as many as you can. Housing inspections are about more than just the house. It’s a chance to see the rest of the street, explore the neighbourhood and check out the ‘competition’ – the other potential buyers.

As you’re walking through and around the property, take note of the following.

  • Does everything open and shut?
  • Do doors close smoothly or do they stick?
  • Do lights turn on and off without flickering?
  • Do taps work and is the water flow adequately?
  • Are there signs of water damage (i.e. peeling or bubbled paintwork, mould, stained ceilings)?
  • Do the floors slope or bounce? This may mean stumps need replacing.
  • Are there cracks in the walls, which could be an indication of subsidence?
  • Is there any fretting (cracked) brickwork that could indicate major structural problems?
  • Don’t forget to walk around the outside of the property to check fences and the condition of the building’s exterior including gutters and downpipes.

TIP – Get Digital Help
Keep all your inspection notes and checklists on your phone using an app like Evernote or Quip. Evernote also lets you add photographs into your notes.

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