Buying a Home - 10 Things to Check Before Buying a HomeWhen looking to purchase property, an inspection can be one of the first steps in determining if your potential home is the right one for you.

When inspecting a property it’s important to not only make sure that the home suits your needs but also to look at the building itself, as some simple checks initially can be the difference between your dream house and many costly repairs.

With this in mind, we have prepared a list of 10 things that you should check for when you are inspecting a home, and certainly before you put in an offer or make a purchase.

Air-Con Alert

A simple press of button will soon inform you whether the air-conditioning is working or not, and at what standard.

Inside The Cupboards

You should physically open every cupboard door in the home to check for damage.

Mouldy Areas

Mould likes to grow where there is damp conditions and a lack of ventilation, and it is undesirable and usually indicative of an underlying problem.

Roof Gutters

It can be hard to know how well roof gutters operate unless it is raining. You can still take a look around the outside of the home and do a visual check yourself, and any holes that are large enough to spot with your eye, are a problem.

Staining In The Bathroom Or Kitchen

If you notice any staining , like an off-white or light brown colour, near taps or where water runs, there is most likely a problem with the plumbing located close by.

Toilet Time

A quick job, but still important. Flush any toilets in the home to ensure they are operational.

Turn The Taps

Test all taps in the home by turning on and off. The last thing you need to find on your first day in your home is a leaky tap!


It is not uncommon for cracks to appear in the walls of older properties, and even some new ones. This can be caused by shifting ground underneath the property.

What Lies Beneath?

If possible you should ascertain what lies beneath the carpet, if there is any. There may be potential for polished wooden floors in the future, and it is a good thing to know regardless.

Windows Are Working?

Maybe not the first thing you think of but still important, none the less – so check the operation of all windows in the property to ensure they are secure and operate freely.

Checking First Is Better Than Having A Problem Later

There is an old adage that the best time to inspect a home is when it’s raining, and there certainly is some truth to that.

If you are considering buying a home, it is highly recommended that you arrange for an independent pest and building inspection from an experienced and qualified operator to be undertaken as part of the purchase process.

The team from Hilton Parkes Real Estate have a wide range of experience with property purchases and sales in the Blacktown City area, and they are available to meet at any time to discuss your real estate interests and requirements.