Hints For Buyers

CHECK THE LOCATION

  • Does the area have, or will it have, all amenities you might need (shops, schools, transport)?
  • Is it zoned residential?
  • Is the electricity connected?
  • Is the sewer connected?
  • Is it free from road widening proposals?

BUILDINGS

  • Is the plasterwork in good condition?
  • Is the building free of damp?
  • Signs of damp, especially rising damp, are usually found around window sills, chimney breasts, on ceiling and under floor coverings
  • Are the walls free from cracks, both inside and outside?
  • Are the roofing, guttering and downpipes in good condition?  Are timber floors free from springs?  Are conrete floors free from cracks?
  • Is the plasterwork in good condition?
  • check behind furniture
  • Is the size and type of hot water services suitable?  Will it be large enough for future needs?
  • Is the house insulated, both ceilings and walls?
  • Does the house have good natural lighting and ventilation in all rooms?
  • Do the windows and doors open and close properly?
  • Are there any flyscreens?
  • Turn on all taps to check the water pressure and water hammer
  • Does water in sinks and basins drain away quickly?
  • Check the number of power points.  Are they suitably located?
  • Are the air-conditioning or heating appliances included in the price?  Are they in good condition?  Are they paid for?
  • Is the telephone connected?
  • Will the house be expensive to maintain?
  • Are paths and fences in good condition?
  • If ther is a pool, does the fencing comply with safety regulations?
  • Is there a garage or carport?
  • Are there storage facilities?
  • Is it possible to extend the house for future needs?
  • Has the house already been added to ?
  • were these extensions approved by council?
  • What exactly is included in the price?  Floor coverings, blinds, washing machine, light fittings?  Are they fully paid for and what is their condition?
  • Will your furniture fit in the house?  Are the doorways and passageways wide enough to move furniture through?  Is access easy?

BEDROOMS

  • Will the bedrooms be affected by noise and light factors? 
  • Are the bedrooms located so that they are reasonably free from living area noise?
  • Is there sufficient ventilation?  Will the bedrooms be cool in summer?
  • Will your furniture fit?
  • Are wardrobes included in the price?

 BATHROOM AND TOLIET

  • Is there sufficient ventilation?
  • Is there a fan to extract steam?
  • Is the shower recess free from leaks?  Test to see if water leaks through or under the screen
  • Is there a power point?
  • Is the toilet in good condition?
  • Is hot water connected?
  • Are there mirrors, cupboards, towel rails?

KITCHEN

  • Are there sufficient cupboards for storage, and bench space for preparing and serving food?
  • Do the cupboards open and shut properly?
  • Condition of the stove.  Is it large enough?  Is there an exhaust fan?  Do they work properly?  Test
  • Is there adequate lighting, both natural and artificial?
  • Will the refridgerator fit?  Is there room for a dishwasher and microwave?
  • Is there sufficient ventilation?

DINING ROOM

  • Will your furniture fit?  Is there room for an extended dining table?
  • Is the kitchen close enough to serve food easily?
  • Are there power points?
  • Is the llighting adequate?
  • Is there heating?  Is it gas, electric or oil?  Will it be expensive to run?  Is it paid for?

LOUNGE ROOM

  • Will your furniture fit?
  • Is there a TV antenna outlet?
  • Is there a heater or air-conditioner included in the price?  Is it gas, electric or oil?  Will it be expensive to run?  Is it paid for?

LAUNDRY

  • Is the hot water connected?
  • Can your automatic washing machine be installed without any problems?
  • Are there any power points?
  • Is there room for a clothes dryer?
  • Is there a floor waste (drain) or is the fllor sufficiently graded so that any overflow water can escape without causing damage?