Lead with your head and not your heart

Pilbara News - - Pili­bra Prop­erty - Hay­den Groves

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.

Pic­ture: Toby Wilkin­son

Con­sider get­ting in a pro­fes­sional to carry out a ter­mite in­spec­tion.

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