Top 5 things to look for when inspecting a property

When looking for a new home, it is easy to get swept up in the emotion. You can easily overlook obvious faults when a beautiful house appeals to your heart. Robinson provides the following tips to ensure you give every property a proper assessment through critical eyes.

Top 5 things to look for when inspecting a property

1. Consider the size of the home, including the back and front gardens. Ask yourself: How many bedrooms can you configure from the floor plan? Does the garage offer extra storage? Is the backyard big enough for pets? Can I seat my whole family comfortably in this living room?

2. Questions regarding space are particularly important when you are inspecting an unfurnished property. Rooms can look deceptively spacious when empty!

3. Note the aspect. A north-facing property, or one that utilises its northerly side with large windows, will ensure natural light flows through your home

4. Look for hidden damage or faults that the sellers have tried to disguise. Look under rugs, behind wardrobes and run your hand along newly painted walls to detect cracks, damp, rot or mould stains. Turn on lights and taps to ensure everything works properly

5. Assess the location for ease of access to transport and other key amenities, such as schools and shops. Visit the street at another time of day to check for noise

If you have any questions while looking through the home, talk to the agent. Feel free to ask not only about the features of the property but also nearby amenities and transport routes. Robinson agents welcome the opportunity to help you decide if a property is right for you.

Once you’ve found a home you love, the next step is to arrange a building and pest inspection. This will pick up anything you have missed, including hidden issues like drainage, termites or asbestos.

A thorough, rational approach to property inspections will put your mind at ease and potentially save you stress and costs in the long run.

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