Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you are ever likely to make, and it can end up being a money pit if you don’t take the time to properly inspect the property before purchasing it. There’s a huge number of things to consider when buying a house, and most of them are more important than paint colors, or how much you like/hate the home design.
If you are really planning to buy a property, a few simple maintenance checks can make the difference. You can also contact a qualified building inspector to put your mind at rest.
Here is a shortlist of things you should look for when inspecting your dream house…
Five things buyers should look for when inspecting a property
Make sure it is close to lifestyle attractions (transport, shops, parks, cafes, parks… )
Inspect the property at different times of the day, and at least once at night.
How long does it take to walk from the property to the train station or shops? If it’s within a short walk of the local shopping strip, you can add about 20% to the price of a property. You should also check with the local council to see if there are any plans for development or re-zoning in the immediate area.
4. Major faults and illegal building work
Buyers should look for faults, or hire a building inspector to look for them, before making an offer. Illegal building works or unbudgeted costs for repairs can be costly.
5. Light and Outlook
Make sure your living room and your back garden face north or north-west to get plenty of natural light year-round. A house with a view over water or parkland is also more valuable.