House Hunting Checklist
December 28, 2011
Before you start house-hunting
Establish your property budget.
Get pre-approved for a mortgage
Decide on the type of area you want to live in.
Decide the type of property that best suit your needs.
Check if the area is convenient to work, essential shops, schools and other services that you need.
Check for public transportation.
Decide if having family and friends nearby is a priority.
Decide what lifestyle amenities are important (beach, pools, parks, views, general shopping).
Determine any apparent concern or risk factors.
Check the development history and development forecast of the area.
Check the crime rate for the area.
Find a local real estate agent.
While you’re house-hunting
See a variety of properties in order to get a feel for the market.
Talk to real estate agents to get a better idea of properties available and prices in the area.
Devote at least one day a week to serious house hunting.
Keep a property checklist.
Take snaps of various properties, inside and out, to act as reminders.
Pre-Purchase Inspection (by a specialist)
Check under-floor areas for ventilation.
Check if the walls are straight and free from major bulges.
Check if the windows have double-pane insulating glass.
Check if floors are free from squeaking.
Check weatherboards for sagging or rot.
Check roof condition, guttering, flues, chimneys and flashings.
Check eaves for water staining that may reveal roof or gutter problems.
Check rooms for evidence of water entry or mildew.
Check garages and sheds for water penetration.
Check timber floors for rot, mould, borer and termites.
Check concrete floors for exposed perimeters, cracks and water penetration.
Check wet or damp areas like bathrooms, showers and laundries for cracks, leaks and mildew.
Check for evidence of existing or past pest activity.
Check any trees nearby for possible structural damage caused by roots.
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