A quick guide to inspecting a home

Conducting effective inspections is a key part of the journey to buying a home. You want to find a home that’s both a nice place to live and a good investment, and a thorough inspection helps to gather the information you need to make the best decision. This quick guide will equip you with the fundamentals you need to get this right.

Take in the home as a whole

Walk through the whole property and think about how it feels to be there. Ask if it meets your needs and if you can see yourself living there. Use all your senses for this, not just your sight. For example, listening to the sounds of the area will give you an idea about traffic noise and neighbours.

Don’t be shy – check all the nooks and crannies

Turn on the taps to check the water pressure and any issues with leaks. Look in all the cupboards for any signs of damage or mould. Try the light switches, windows and doors to see that everything’s working as it should, and look under rugs where possible to check the floors.

And don’t forget to use your nose – smells give great clues about issues such as mould and water damage.

Remember the things you can’t see

No matter how thorough your inspection, there are things you need to be aware of before buying a home that only trained professionals can uncover. Problems such as termite infestations or issues with structural integrity can be invisible to the untrained eye.

Because of this, it’s important to organise a range of checks. These include a building inspection to evaluate the structural soundness of the property and any other features such as swimming pools, a pest inspection and a surveyor’s report. These inspections come at a cost, but they are worth it to avoid far more expensive outlays down the track.

On top of seeking professional advice, you should also do your own research on the home you are interested in. Look for environmental hazards that could place the property at risk and drive up insurance costs, such as bushfire and flood zones. Check with local council and government for zoning regulations and proposed developments that could impact your property. If the home is part of a complex, obtain a strata report and read the by-laws that apply to see that the complex is a good fit for you. Visit the neighbourhood at different times of the day and week to see how traffic, noise and activity changes over time.

Being thorough in your inspection will help you to make the right decision when you are choosing the best home for you.


Managing Director – New Vision Financial Services & New Vision Real Estate After years in the banking, finance & commercial sector Chris noticed that the industry needed a company with a personal touch that offered their customers a complete solution. In 2015 New Vision Financial Services was created to allow our consultants to use their experience (including approving and structuring large complex commercial transactions through to basic home loans) and to concentrate on offering a personalised service to their clients. With the growth and success of New Vision Financial Services a decision was made in 2019 to launch New Vision Real Estate to provide an end to end solution for client weather they be first home buyers or seasoned investors. Chris has built a team at New Vision Financial Services and New Vision Real Estate that have access to over 70 different lenders, insurers, lawyers, accountants and financial planners giving you more flexibility when making a decision. We offer a full service Real Estate agency offering Sales, Leasing, New Developments, House & Land and Commercial. Call me anytime on 0433 181 544 or email chris@newvisionfinancial.com.au The team at New Vision Financial Services have access to over 70 different lenders, giving you more flexibility when making a decision. Our consultants have had extensive experience within the banking, financial and corporate sector. At New Vision Financial Services we specialise in finance lending for home, investment, business, commercial, asset, debtor and many other requirements. As New Vision Financial Services has progressed, we have developed strong relationships with professional service providers such as; Financial Planners, Accountants, Settlement Agents, Leasing & Equipment Providers, Debt Management Specialists and any more to allow our clients access to a complete suite of services.