If you're considering buying a property, it is a good idea to personally inspect it - or better still, inspect it with a buyer's agent. I am always available to inspect properties with my clients - even as a stand-alone service. If there's a property you're really keen on, invite me along - I can give you a full property inspection report and show you some tips and pointers to make your next property inspections top notch.
What to check for?
- Check for dampness and mould on walls, skirting boards and ceilings.Use your nose as well as your eyes.
- Check for sagging ceilings, buckling walls and ceilings, walls and floors that are not straight.
- Turn on and off all of the taps: check water pressure and ensure that there's a flow of hot water. Check what sort of hot water system the home has, and how old it is.
- Flush the toilet to check for a running cistern.
- Try the light switches
- Inspect the interior and exterior walls for cracks and other defects.
- While in different parts of the property, listen out to gauge noise levels. If possible, inspect the property at different times of the day to ascertain noise levels. A drive by on a Saturday night may reveal if noisy neighbours may become a problem.
- Ensure that the fixtures that you see in the property are included in the contract for sale - if they aren't, ask the agent to clarify.