Inspecting a home
To avoid problems and extra costs later on, you should know as much as you can about the condition of a home before you buy it. Learn what to look out for.
You can usually take an online, virtual tour to see if a home is right for you before inspecting it in person.
If you do attend an inspection in person, make sure you have a thorough look at the home to identify defects as well as stand-out features.
As most inspections are quick, make the most of your time by noting things, such as:
- the general condition and age of the home
- fixtures and fittings such as air conditioners or carpet
- storage space
- car parks or garages
- proximity to public transport or other facilities like schools
- orientation of the home (what direction it faces) and natural light.
It can be daunting taking in everything during one inspection. Fortunately, most homes have multiple open inspections that you can go to.
Repeated visits will give you a chance to check if repairs are needed and for signs of any structural problems.
Use the personal inspection check list to help identify problems with a home at NSW Fair Trading.