Look beneath the kitchen sink for damp patches or water damage.


Check the roof for loose or broken tiles.

Inspect bathroom floor and walls for leaks, cracks, or any water damage.


Confirm that all extensions have council approval.

Flush toilets and inspect cistern for leaks.


Come back at a different time of day to check the traffic noise.

Turn on bathroom and kitchen taps to check water flow.


Check all outside taps, irrigation systems and water tanks for cracks and leaks.

Check that there is sufficient storage space.


Check garden beds are lower than the weepholes around the outside of the house.

Check the doors are even by opening and closing them.


Check that the gutters have been cleared out and that there are no overhanging trees.

Check that there are enough power points.


Inspect the swimming pool for cracks and leaks, and ensure that adequate safety precautions are in place.

Look for patches of damp on the walls and ceiling.



Look upwards when inspecting rooms.  Signs of roof leakage are apparent in ceilings and hairline cracks may appear.



If light fittings are missing, confirm that the seller intends to replace them before the transfer of the property.



Check that electrical appliances such as a dishwasher, air conditioner and/or heater are working and that they will remain in the property.



Check carpets and floors for stains.  If in doubt, ask for some furniture to be moved so you can inspect the carpet underneath.



If keys are missing from doors, cupboards or windows, confirm that replacements will be provided.



Where fixtures appear to be built in, confirm that these will remain in the house after the sale.



Look for telephone, cable television and aerial connections to ensure they are conveniently positioned.