The location is right and the price fits your budget. Now take a close look at your preferred home because some aspects that are easily overlooked can be a source of headaches later on.
Look and listen
Aim to inspect the property at different times of the day and week. A neighbour who likes to hone his drumming skills at dawn, intrusive traffic noise during school pick-up times or the roar of the overheard flight path on weekdays can turn a dream home into a nightmare.
Note the level of street parking midweek. Homes located close to train stations or bus stops offer convenience however you could find the road becomes a car park for local commuters.
Test the utilities
The taps may look great but turn them on to check the water pressure. There’s nothing more frustrating than water that arrives at a trickle. Listen for water hammer too – a loud clanging when the taps are turned on. It can indicate faulty plumbing.
Check mobile phone reception, and be suspicious about a television aerial resembling the Eiffel Tower, it can indicate a signal black spot.
Ask the selling agent to demonstrate key electronics like a remote controlled garage door or spa bath. It’s easy to assume these items are in working order, though if that’s not the case you could be left footing the repair bill.
While inspecting the property check to see how much sound is traveling throughout the building. In some apartments or two-story homes a footstep upstairs can be wildly amplified below. Test how interior noise carries to the outside areas too – appliances like air conditioners could be a source of conflict with neighbours.
Remember, it’s better to know about any downsides before you’ve signed the contract – or use any drawbacks to negotiate a better price.