Preparing to purchase

Before making an offer on home, whether it's for sale by private treaty or auction, make sure you look over the contract of sale. 

Review a contract of sale

A contract of sale is a legal document which includes terms and conditions of the sale as well as information about the property and land.

If you're interested in purchasing a home, ask the seller or real estate agent for a copy of the contract of sale. Requesting the contract as soon as you can will give you time to review it. 

Before signing the contract, it's very important to check it for information about the property and the sale, such as:

  • deposit amount and due date
  • settlement details
  • title documents, including zoning certificate and drainage diagram
  • special conditions, including whether the home will be vacant or tenanted
  • inclusions, such as floor coverings

It's possible to review the contract yourself, but there are risks in doing this including, being personally liable if there is a problem with the sale. 

You might choose to use a professional such as a conveyancer or solicitor to help you review the contract of sale. 

Broadly, a licensed conveyancer specialises in providing advice and information about the sale of a property. When reviewing a contract of sale, a conveyancer will:

  • identify your obligations as the purchaser of a home 
  • help you understand the various clauses within the contract 
  • give you advice and assist you to make an informed decision about the sale