Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. The house takes a significant amount of your finances and it may be the place where you spend the rest of your life. It’s important to be wise when buying a home. Here are some areas to evaluate.
Inspect the building for any structural problems. Look at the condition of the interior walls, exterior walls, roof, windows, doors, floors and the paint. Look at the drainage systems for signs of water leakage, especially on the ceiling. It is also important to inspect the electrical systems, especially the fuses, insulation and grounding. Determine if the house is safe for children, if you have any.
Inspect the yard for safety and the quality of grass planted. Inspect the fence for breakages, termites and other problems. Determine if the property is big enough for your family. Ashburyestate.com.au says a 400 square metre block may have a single storey house with four bedrooms, making it suitable for a family with 2-3 children.
The neighbourhood determines the kind of lifestyle you will lead if you buy the home. Look for necessary amenities such as schools, hospitals, parks and shopping centres. Look for crime reports and possible developments in the area. Determine how convenient it would be for you to drive to work, school or the stores. Use the information to rate the neighbourhood.
Enquire from the local offices for the presence of environmental hazards such as landfills and toxic waste, and the presence of swamps or underground pipes near the home. All these are likely to affect you family’s health.
Don’t just buy a home because of the price tag. Before you pick one of the advertised Melbourne homes for sale, ensure that the home is in good condition, is in a good and safe neighbourhood, and that there are no environmental hazards near it.