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    The inspection

    Often the property will have an open home that you can attend. Alternatively you can contact the owner, if a private sale, or the real estate agent to arrange a convenient time to view the property.

    When viewing the property keep in mind those important features that you have determined are must haves to help you decide if the property fits your requirements. Also some things to be aware of include:
    • Sufficient storage
    • Level floors and sound piling
    • Good water pressure
    • Insulation
    • Chattels that are to remain
    • Traffic, aeroplane or industrial noise
    • Noisy or troublesome neighbours
    • House movement (look for cracked window sills or walls)
    • Leaking roof (look for stains on wallpaper or ceilings, check in access space above ceilings and look for rust or light coming through holes in the roofing)
    • Dampness (smell and/or mildew)
    • Heating – what options are available?
    • Electrical wiring – check the meter box for old or worn wiring
    • Security – is there an alarm, safety catches on the windows, etc?
    • Take a walk around the block and get a feel for the neighbourhood
    • Visit the property at different times of the day to determine when the property receives its first and last sun

    Questions that you can ask the seller or real estate agent include:
    • Why are the owners selling?
    • How long has the property been on the market?
    • How much interest has there been in the property?
    • What is the Rateable Valuation?
    • How much are the rates?
    • What have other places nearby sold for?
    • Are there any major development plans for the area?
    • What type of title does the property have?
    • Are there any covenants (restrictions) or easements (rights)?
    • Are there any protection orders over the trees or buildings?
    • Where are the boundaries?
    • Have there been any recent alterations, and if so, do they have consents and certificates?

    Remember a home is a large investment so revisit the property as often as you need to and ask as many questions as required to ensure that you are happy with your decision whether to purchase or not.
    When inspecting a house, keep in mind the important features you are determined to have as well as a list of the things to look out for.
    "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx

  • #2
    Always look at the surrounding areas - what sort of infrastructure exists, how good or bad is the security of the area?


    • #3
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      • #4
        Originally posted by maplehome View Post
        You Can Call Us at - 8725073007
        That is a strange phone number.
        Certainly not in NZ


        • #5
          Originally posted by Wayne View Post
          That is a strange phone number.
          Certainly not in NZ
          I heard it went click