Sometimes people can get carried away when they find a property that they love and they won’t get things checked because they’re so in love with the property. This can cause you to miss things and only focus on the things you love about the home. This is where property inspections are helpful. They will identify any problems that you may not notice and can offer independent advice, that is unclouded by emotion. Property inspections are designed to give potential buyers the full picture of the status of their home and let them know of any faults that there may be.
They’ll check all of the windows to identify if they are all working as they should be or if there are issues with the latches. They’ll also check all of the doors. It may seem obvious but there have been cases reported where people did not check one of their doors, and they later discovered that it couldn’t even be opened. If a door or window doesn’t work that could be a sign of a bigger issue such as moisture or mould, which could lead to health problems (you can read our blog on the effect of a damp home to see what issues this could cause).
A good property inspector will check all of the electrical outlets and the electrical equipment to identify if all are working and if all electrical equipment is working. They will also check for equipment rust. If the equipment is rusted then that could be a sign of a much larger issue – dampness. Dampness can cause health and safety issues, especially if the electrical equipment is exposed to areas where moisture can get into the home.
A property inspection will check to see that the plumbing is working and will look at areas that are not accessible to the average buyer without proper testing equipment.
Melbourne is subject to extreme temperatures like the rest of Australia, so if the house has an air conditioning unit, it’s worth checking to see that it’s working correctly as it should be. If it’s not, it could cost you thousands of dollars to fix or replace.
When you’re getting your property inspected, the property inspector will check the roof for any cracks between seals and identify if there are any possible leaks that could cause water to leak into the sealing.
A property inspection will potentially bring up issues with your home, however by knowing what issues there are, you are equipped to address the issues and if you decide you’d rather not pay for the repairs then you can simply choose not to buy the property.