Vital Things to Check Before Buying

Here are some vital things to check over before making that offer:

  • See if there is a shared driveway and find out about the people you will be sharing with.

  • If there is a swimming pool, make sure it is properly fenced according to regulations.

  • If the purchase price includes electrical appliances such as stove, dishwasher, etc, make sure they work properly and are in good order.

  • Make sure an experienced electrician checks out the wiring of the house.

  • Obtain a list of all the items included with the property. It's a good idea to have this list of chattels as part of the agreement so everyone understands what's been sold on the day.

  • Check that the boundary fences are properly located and that the boundary pegs can be seen.

  • If part of the deal includes the seller undertaking repairs or improvements to the property, make sure all this is done before settlement.

  • Check what happens to the telephone. Will it stay there and can the number be taken over, or will a new phone be installed? Also check if the phone is rented ...

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