Visual property inspections- what you must check before you put in an offer!

Before you put in an offer perform your own visual inspection of the property.


During this inspection you may become aware of items you would like the seller to repair before you purchase the property.

It will also give you a good idea what the Building Inspector should be looking for and providing in the inspection report.

Potential issues that you should look for inside the home include:


  • Sagging ceilings
  • Gaps around window and door frames
  • Check floors for cracks and slants
  • Fine cracks in the internal wall plastering
  • Large cracks in the walls
  • Deflections and straightness of external roof tiles
  • Rust on the inside edges of roof gutters
  • Dangling wires
  • Loose wires
  • Any signs of asbestos
  • Puddles on lawns

Also ensure that there are stormwater soakwells into which downpipes discharge.


  • Corrosion or water stains in sinks, baths and showers
  • Mould or mildew in the kitchen or bathrooms


  • Do the electrical switches work?
  • Are the outlets grounded?
  • What is the condition of the panel?


  • Are there puddles on the lawn or paving?
  • Do you hear noises when you use the plumbing?


If appliances are included, check the condition of the:

  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove

Sounds and Odours

As you move around inside and outside the property, take note of any unusual sounds or odours.

  • Is it temporary or permanent?
  • Can it be rectified?

Musty odours could indicate rising damp, which could lead to costly issues.

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Jason Gwerder
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

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