Buying Checklist

  • Do you have your loan approved?
  • Will you enjoy living in the neighbourhood?
  • Is the house sound?
  • Is it in an area likely to hold resale value or benefit from capital growth?
  • Are there any long-term costs or issues such as body corporate fees, jointly owned driveways?
  • Is it Torrens Title, Company Title, Strata Title, or some other? Ask your solicitor to advise on the Title.
  • Does the entire house, including alterations, have the required Council permits?
  • Is it insulated?
  • Have you asked your local council about planning issues like the possibility of any big developments planned or construction of new roads nearby?
  • If big changes are needed to make the property comfortable, then it's a good idea to know the costs before you make an offer
  • Is the house and land suitable for your stage in life - are there too many stairs, is the garden too steep?

Then think about the detail:

  • Does the house have enough bedrooms?
  • Are there enough bathrooms?
  • Will you have good access to the facilities you need such as schools, doctor, medical centres and shops?
  • Will you have problems with traffic or noise?
  • Is it safe for your family, eg children, the elderly or disabled?
  • Check under the house - is it dry?