Hints For Buyers

  • 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?