October 31, 2014

A Home Buyer's Inspection Checklist

So you’ve finally decided to buy your very own house? Splendid!

Now, before you sign on the dotted line and prepare to move in, consider it a must to have the property checked first.

A Home Buyer's Inspection Checklist

Doing so will effortlessly help you successfully gauge if it is indeed the right house for you.
While the list of elements to look out for can be quiet lengthy, below are key points to include in your list.

Outside
  1. Inspect if the mortar between the bricks is in good condition.
  2. Make sure all electrical wirings are properly fitted and installed.
  3. Check if the structural condition of rooms and walls of garages and sheds are reliable.
  4. Check the garden’s condition. See to it that the bases of the gates and fences are in tip top shape.
  5. Make sure there are no poisonous plants and shrubs, including Rhus and Oleanders present in the garden.
  6. Check for presence of large trees near the house. Their roots can likely cause structural damage.
  7. See to it that walls are straight. In most timber houses, sagging weatherboards could often indicate timber stumps are already rotten.
  8. See to it that weatherboards, windows and doors are all in good condition.
On the roof
  1. Place a ladder against the guttering and check for wavy roof lines.
  2. Check if there are broken roof tiles, loose ridges and valley tiles.
  3. Make sure corrugated iron sheets are properly installed.
  4. See to it that flues and chimneys are securely in place.
  5. Check if the ceiling is adequately insulated.
  6. Check if the gutters have holes and rust. Keep in mind that even small holes can eventually result to detrimental leaks.
  7. Check the roof space for possible vermin residing in the area. Rat-like droppings usually denote the presence of these unwelcome dwellers.
Inside
  1. Jump lightly on the floor to gauge if floorboards are still in good condition or in need of replacement. 
  2. Inspect for signs of dampness by lifting buckling floor tiles.
  3. Check the walls for cracks, especially areas that are newly painted or wallpapered.
  4. Check the brick walls thoroughly and look for prevalent signs of dampness.
  5.  Check windows in the house and see to it they can be opened easily. Also check for broken window panes.
  6. Make sure light switches and power points are in good working condition.
  7. Check all power points with a tester.
  8. See to it that there are no termites and other unwanted pests dwelling in the house.
  9. Have an expert scrutinize the house’s electrical system.
  10. Ensure all plumbing fittings don’t have any leaks or cracks.

When buying a house, a substantial amount is often involved. In line with this, it is advisable to leave no stone unturned. Apart from taking the mentioned tips into consideration, consider using a home inspection software to help you thoroughly assess if the property is worth the splurge.

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