If you’re on your way to becoming a homeowner, you will soon learn the true meaning of “inspection.” Home inspection, building inspection, pest inspection, final inspection… the list goes on.
It’s important to know the ins and outs when buying a property and there is no better time to put your experience to the test during a good ole’ inspection. Some people enjoy inspections more than others and to help you out we have simplified the ‘need-to-know’ about inspections.
If you’re about to buy your dream home, it’s a good idea to make sure it stays dream-like by completing these important inspections.
One of life’s most exciting experiences is when you see your future home for the first time. Attending a home open will be your first chance to walk through the property and start to envision what life would be like if you lived there.
If there is ever a time to be nosey, it’s during a home open as you check out every nook and cranny to see if it’s the right fit. Everyone looks for different features during a home open so it’s a good idea to bring a companion to get a second perspective and note any faults you might have otherwise missed.
Once you have a good feel for the property, use the inspection time to mark off important features and look out for:
- Signs of dampness or mould on walls and ceilings.
- Sagging ceilings and crumbling walls.
- Faulty light switches.
- Leaking or faulty taps.
- Cracks in windows.
- Functioning drains and gutters.
- Damaged electrical points.
Whilst having a number of home opens under your belt might make you an inspection superstar, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional to complete a structural building inspection report.
This is essential in determining any structural defects that currently affect a property as well as those that run the risk of occurring in the future. According to the Australian Institute of Building, an inspector will ensure that the building conforms to Australian building code and should assess the following:
- Window and door installation.
- Electrical wiring.
- Ceilings and roof space.
- Retaining walls.
- Driveways and any illegal alterations or additions to the home.
- Pest and Termite Infestation.
Repairing termite damage to a house can cost you a lot so it is imperative that you have a professional carry out this inspection and report any termite activity. A pest inspection can be the difference between buying your dream home and making sure it stays that way.
A Termite Inspection Report in Australia will investigate and record the presence of any wood-destroying insects in a property. The Australian Pest Control Association notes that a report will highlight the inspection findings, including, which interior and exterior areas were inspected, high risk areas inaccessible during an inspection and important aspects that may influence any given recommendations. A thorough inspection should report on all accessible timbers in the subfloor (if accessible) roof void, interior, exterior, garden landscaping areas and fences in the immediate locality.
On the home stretch, it’s time for one last inspection in the form of a Pre-Settlement Inspection. Also referred to as a final inspection or a pre-purchase inspection, this takes place just before you take ownership of the property. The intent of a pre-settlement inspection is for you to guarantee that the property is in the same condition it was when you signed the contract. You can check that all the fixtures and fittings work, that any rubbish has been removed, and that no damage has been done to the property since you signed the contract.
Our professional property managers at Leasing Elite are more than happy to offer guidance and recommendations to clients regarding home inspections.
If you have any inquiries, feel free to get in touch with us and speak to a member of the Leasing Elite team.