Basic DIY Property Inspection

Basic DIY Property Inspection

Research and Preparation

Before you start a DIY inspection, it’s important to do some research and be prepared. This includes learning about the property’s location, type, and any common issues in that area. Understand the relevant laws and regulations, requirements for disclosing property defects, local building codes or zoning restrictions, and common building materials/construction techniques in the area.

By doing this research, you’ll be better able to identify non-compliant workmanship during your inspection and make informed decisions regarding potential purchases or necessary repairs. Additionally, researching local property values/sales trends can help with investment return/resale value assessments. It is also essential to gather necessary inspection tools such as a flashlight, tape measure, and notepad.

Exterior Inspection

The outside of the property needs to be checked for any damage or issues, including the roof, gutters, and downspouts. Look for cracks in the foundation and signs of settling. Also, inspect the walls for water damage or discolouration. Make sure to assess everything from the foundation up to the roof to ensure it’s structurally sound. Check for any wall, window, and door damage as well as any signs of water getting in through cracks. Then look at the roof for missing or damaged shingles and poor ventilation. Don’t forget to examine gutters, downspouts, and drainage systems for blockages. Lastly check out the landscaping and outdoor areas around the property – watch out for overhanging tree branches and unstable retaining walls too.

Interior Inspection

Inspect the property carefully, including plumbing and electrical systems. Look for any problems or damage to walls, floors, ceilings, windows, and doors. Check each room for signs of wear and tear like cracked tiles or peeling paint. Also, look out for water damage, mould growth, and structural issues that might need more attention. Test the functionality of fixtures and appliances; take note of any problems found during the inspection.

Heating, Aircon and Hot Water

A good look at a property’s utility systems is really important to make sure they’re working well. This means checking the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system for any wear and tear on the aircon system, and changing filters if needed. Also, take a look at the hot water heater and appliances like the stove and dishwasher for any problems. And don’t forget to check out the electrical and plumbing systems for damage or safety issues. Keeping up with maintenance is key to making things last longer and avoiding sudden breakdowns or expensive fixes.

Safety Inspection

Ensuring a property is safe during inspections is super important. Look out for things like damaged handrails, bad wiring, and dim lighting. Make sure smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishers are up to code. And don’t forget to check for pests and damage from bugs or rodents to keep the place safe for living in.

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