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10 Things to do When Inspecting a New Home

When you’re looking to move into a new home and walking around inspecting, do you know what you should be looking for? Many people briefly look around the property they’re viewing without paying direct attention to anything in particular — you shouldn’t do this! Here are the ten things you should do when inspecting a new home.


When you’re looking to move into a new home and walking around inspecting, do you know what you should be looking for? Many people briefly look around the property they’re viewing without paying direct attention to anything in particular — you shouldn’t do this! Here are the ten things you should do when inspecting a new home.

1. Hire a certified inspector and go along to the inspection

Inspectors should be certified when they’re looking around houses, so if you’re hiring someone, make sure they’re certified. Also, you’re absolutely allowed to go along to inspections, and we would recommend you do so.

2. Ask questions

Unfortunately, sellers and inspectors aren’t psychic; if you want to know something about your new home then make sure you ask questions. They’ll never know you’re curious if you don’t mention it!

3. Check the ceilings

Something many buyers forget to check are the ceilings; remember to check for sagging ceilings, or ceilings with cracks in. Ceiling replacement is an intrusive job, and it can be quite the money guzzler, so be sure to check before you buy.

4. Check the insides of cabinets and cupboards

It’s not being nosy to look within the cabinets and cupboards of a property you’re planning on buying. If you’re inspecting a property, then inspect it. Get into every nook and cranny and be sure there’s nothing untoward hidden behind a cupboard or cabinet door.

5. Check the walls for cracks

Just like you’re checking that ceiling, make sure you check the walls for cracks; especially the interior plasterboard.

6. Check bedrooms and bathrooms for mold and damp

Mold and damp are both fairly common, but avoidable, problems. Be sure to check all bedrooms and bathrooms for telltale signs of mold and damp before you move in.

7. Check outside gutters and drains

Just because it’s outside the house doesn’t mean it doesn’t warrant inspection! Get your peepers on those gutters and drains; check for any damage and be sure they’re not blocked. The last thing you want after just moving in is to be unblocking gutters.

8. Windows and doors

When were they last replaced? What type are they? Where were they purchased from and who installed them? When will they be likely to need replacing? Make sure you get your questions answered!

9. Inspect the garage

Another area of new properties that’s often forgotten about due to being outside of the main house. Be sure to thoroughly inspect the garage and ensure there’s no damage or repairs that need to be carried out. It’s also worthwhile getting a good look at the size of the garage, too.

10. Query your boundaries

Often boundary disputes come up long after purchasing a property, and usually because sellers haven’t disclosed properly or because buyers simply didn’t think to ask about them. Be sure to query your boundaries during your house inspection and cement your knowledge of where they are.

Real estate, redefined

A great Real Estate Agent or landlord should be able to help you with all of these things, and Domobase can connect you with only the finest of these with ease. Simply link your social media profile, or fill in your details, and tell us about the property you’re looking for. We’ll do the rest.


Charlotte is the content creator for Domobase, a freelance content marketer and creative fiction writer. When not scribbling away, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.