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What to look for when inspecting a house

15 April 2020

Looking for a house can be extremely exciting, and it’s easy to get swept away in the moment when you start inspecting properties. It’s important to have a checklist to keep you on track to make a logical decision.

Save yourself from problems with our useful buying a house checklist.

1. Location

One of the most important things to consider when considering buying a property - whether it is your next property to live in or an investment property - is “location, location, location.”

Tip: you can always renovate and change the look of the house, but never the location.

2. Amenities

You should consider how close the property you are inspecting is to essential amenities, such as public transport, shops, hospitals, good schools, cafes, restaurants and parks. Additionally, a house close to work is ideal to avoid the stress of a long commute.  

3. Floor plan

When you are looking for a house, you should decide how many beds, bathrooms and car spaces are suitable for you, your family and your current lifestyle. Apart from the number of rooms, you should also pay attention to where these rooms are located. Is the master bedroom near the living room? Are you happy with the layout of the house? This is why it’s always important to check the floor plan.

4. Natural light

Don’t underestimate the importance of natural light as it can reduce your electricity bills and save you money. Plus, it can liven up any room. Look for houses that have a good amount of natural light all year-round. Usually, houses that facing north-west will give you the natural light you want.

5. Repairs required?

The last thing you want is to have purchased a house without researching if there are any issues beforehand. Inspect it to see if everything is working perfectly including the sinks, the showers, air-conditioning, lights, the plumbing system, and the power outlets. Repairs can cost you, so it’s a good idea to test these things before you sign the contract.  

6. Structure

Getting a building and pest inspection is good, but getting a building and pest inspection from an independent inspector is better. You want your house to be structurally strong and safe to live in. Not to mention, you also want it to be free from any kind of pests and termites.

If you’re ready to inspect your dream home , get in touch with one of our lending specialists for pre-approval today.

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