However, if a major issue is found after signing the contract it can be quite hard to withdraw from the purchase so it’s important to make sure from the start that you are buying a house that’s in tip-top shape.

To help you, here’s a house inspection checklist you can bring on your next visit to an open house. Of course, if you are going to sign a contract, it is important to ensure it has a building and pest inspection clause. This allows you to get a professional inspection and withdraw from the purchase with no penalty if it finds a significant problem. 

Inside the property

When you conduct your own personal house inspection, make sure to check out these factors inside the house:

  • Is the property properly insulated?
  • Is the water pressure strong?
  • Is there enough storage space?
  • Are the smoke detectors working?
  • Is there enough natural sunlight?
  • Are the stove and oven working perfectly?
  • Do the windows have key locks?
  • Do the windows, doors, and cupboards open and close properly?
  • Do the lights flicker?
  • Is there any hint of termite activity?
  • Are the electric sockets working and are there enough for your needs?
  • Is the interior paintwork still good?
  • Are there exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom?
  • Are there any cracks in walls or doors?
  • Is the heating or cooling system working well?

Outside the property

Inspecting the outside of the house is just as important as the inside. Here are the things you will need to inspect:

  • Is the house near to amenities that will be useful to you like public transportation, shops, and schools?
  • Are the neighbours noisy?
  • Is there parking and is it enough for you?
  • Is the area prone to flooding?
  • Are the fences or gates good and adequate?
  • Can you spot any cracks, damp, or mould?
  • Is there a clothesline near the laundry room?
  • Is the size of the garden enough for your needs?
  • Are the trees around the house safe?
  • Is the external plumbing rusty or does it have any leaks?

Some things cannot be seen by the naked eye which is why a qualified pest and building inspector can help you assess the property better.

They will be inspecting the interior and exterior of the house. They will be able to identify if there are any termites, pests or structural issues such as problems with the foundations or if there is asbestos in the house and more.

Obtaining information about the condition of the house through a pest and building inspection will help you negotiate better with the seller and prepare a budget for any repairs.