Here are our top things to look for before putting an offer on your dream home!

Okay, so you are getting excited about the prospect of buying a new home! But… that step over the threshold on an open for inspection can be daunting for anyone. That is the case even if this is the fifth, sixth or seventh house you have bought! Unfortunately, experience doesn’t mean immunity to that!

One thing that we are constantly reminding buyers is that there is so much more to consider than interior design. You should really work hard at not being bowled over by this gorgeous design element or that amazing aspect! These things give you an idea of what you could achieve. However, they shouldn’t influence your decision too much.

Always look beyond that and try to assess the building’s state of repair. Try not to get swayed by the layout of the kitchen, or the second bedroom’s en-suite. When you find a property that you are serious about buying remember that it pays to be thorough. A few straightforward maintenance checks can be vital as they may make the difference between buying your dream home and stepping into an expensive mistake.

We have put together some basic but important things to look for at your next open for inspection:

1. Check for water stains, corrosion, and mould

Take a good look at the walls. You are looking for any signs of moisture penetration and water leaks. Be extra careful near showers and baths. While it is not a structural problem, these can be costly to repair.

2. Check out ceilings for signs of sagging

Do the ceilings look to have a ‘parachute’ appearance? You can check this by shining a torch across the ceilings. This will show up all defects in the ceiling sheets and give a really good idea of potential issues.

3. Check all the walls for large cracks

have a good look at all internal and external walls. You should take care to check them to identify any large cracks. Our advice is that a property with a large number of cracks greater than 2.0mm in width is cause for concern. You should engage a inspected by a qualified building inspector.

4. Look inside the cabinets in all wet areas

All cabinets should be opened to see if there is a smell of damp, mould or mildew. Any damp smells can be an indication of water leaks or even rising damp.

5. Check for any signs of mould in bathrooms and bedrooms

Mould can look like harmless clouds on the walls and ceilings if they’ve recently been cleaned. Seeing these signs should set your alarm bells ringing as mould is bad for your health. It releases allergens into the air, it can cause allergic reactions and aggravate respiratory health issues. It is damaging in particular for conditions such as asthma, always be aware that it can be an indicator of a larger underlying issue. Moulds need cleaning by professional cleaning companies. While this can be done and successfully, it can be costly!

6. Look at the internal wall plastering for fine cracks

All internal wall plastering should be checked for fine hairline cracks. This is known as  map cracking, as the cracks will tend to look like a map; a result of the incorrect application of the wall plastering at the time of construction. If you find any of these hairline cracks, you are likely to discover more throughout the house. The danger is that the plaster can crack further and may come loose. That will occur especially when wall fixings for paintings are put in.

7. Examine the external roof lines

Look at the lines of the roof to check if they are straight and free from deflections.  You should always take special care to check the external lines on the roof of the house you’re inspecting. Any irregularities can be very costly and lead to leaks and further ‘spills and spoils”.

8. Check the roof downpipes run to stormwater drains

Ensure that you do a quick walk around the external perimeter of the home. You can check that all roof downpipes are running water into stormwater soak wells and not just onto the ground.

Keep a sharp eye out for any signs of past flooding or excess water flow around the roof downpipe bases. This is a strong indicator that the soak wells are not the right size or they may need cleaning out. A simple fix but again it can be an expensive one.

Installing stormwater soak wells on an established property can be very expensive. In some cases this cost is due to the fact that paving, concrete and garden beds may need digging up to install the drains.

Buying a house is a big thing to do and we hope that these few tips will help you find one without too many concerning aspects!

For more information on how we can sell your property fast please speak to Tina Leveridge, 0449 788 843, tina@instylerealty.com.au