Hi, Joe from TruHome Property Inspection.
If you’re looking for property, whether it’s an investment or a house you’ll make your home.
Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind the next time you check out a property.
- Stick to a LEFT HAND SIDE RULE, this way you don’t miss out anything due to its unfamiliar environment;
- Have a partner with different duties to avoid information overload;
- From exterior appearance does the building line up horizontally & vertically; are there vegetation growing in the gutter; pay special attention for cracks and excessive moisture on site, near building, or subfloor (if any)
- Are there any signs of raising dampness on the building?
- Is there evidence of wood decay on building or other structures like the perimeter fence or pergola/verandah, evidence of stored timber on ground, etc..
- What’s the condition of the perimeter fence? Are there any tree stumps on site?
- Any subsided pathway or driveway?
- From Interior: check cracks in the ceiling, interior walls & tiles; are the floors flat? Out of square doors, windows or frames; also moisture & water stains, etc…
- Check that the appliances are in good working order, record fit outs such as lighting, curtains & doors, etc..
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s a good start. During your inspection, if you notice issues with any of these points, I strongly recommend you engage a property inspector like myself for a more thorough check in order to avoid potential hidden expenses & achieve a better understanding of your future investment.
I hope you found this useful 🙂