Lead with your head and not your heart
Falling in love with a property is easy to do.
It could be the newly refurbished kitchen, the big backyard or that it’s on a quiet, leafy street.
First impressions count for a lot but before you fall hook, line and sinker, carry out a thorough inspection.
When you inspect the property at the home open for the first time allow yourself at least 15 minutes.
To avoid getting caught up in the excitement of the home open, take a list of your must-have requirements and items you need to check for.
Ensure the property has correctly sized bedrooms and living areas that suit your needs now and in the future.
Is the yard big enough, is there enough parking and are there opportunities to extend?
While outside, have a look at the condition of gutters, downpipes and the roof to determine if they will handle heavy rainfall or strong winds.
Look for true north and work out where the sun will hit for the majority of the day so you can determine what areas of the house will be hottest in summer and warmest in winter.
Also check that rainwater will drain away from the main building. Look for cracks and watermarks on walls or ceilings. They are tell-tale signs of bigger issues.
While older properties may have some small cracks due to wear and tear, it’s major structural issues you should be mindful of.
Be sure to check that all the taps in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry are in working order and look under sinks for signs of water damage.
Consider getting professionals to carry out a termite inspection and a building inspection.
Taking the time to assess the property initially can ensure you avoid a broken heart down the track.
Consider getting in a professional to carry out a termite inspection.