☐ Have you organised a pre-approved loan so you know how much you can spend?
☐ Does the property have street appeal (think about future re-sale)?
☐ Is the house sound? If in doubt, get a building inspector to check it out!
☐ Is the house dry underneath?
☐ If it is built with block, are they well drained?
☐ Is the house well insulated?
☐ What are the neighbours like? Will you enjoy living in the neighbourhood?
☐ Will the area hold its resale value or gain capital growth?
☐ Is there plenty of parking?
☐ Do you have to share a driveway and are there any issues with this?
☐ Are there long-term costs or issues such as body corp fees?
☐ What type of Title is the property? Your solicitor can advise on this.
☐ Does the house and any alterations have the required Council permits?
☐ Does the house have a pool? Has it been well maintained? Is it permitted and fenced to Council requirements?
☐ Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms?
☐ Is the garage big enough? Is it accessible from the house?
☐ Is the property suitable for pets and secure for children?
☐ Can you manage the property for your stage of life? Are there too many stairs? Are the grounds too steep?
☐ Do you like the grounds? Are they well drained? Is there potential for improvement?
☐ What maintenance needs to be carried out immediately and can you afford to do?
☐ Is the area noisy ie traffic or in an aircraft flight path? Can you live with that?
☐ How close is it to schools, shops, medical centre, parks and sports grounds, public transport etc?
☐ How close is it to your work? Do you want to travel that far?
☐ Are there plans for future development to the area? Can you live with a new large subdivision around the corner, more traffic?
☐ Can you afford to pay the mortgage along with other commitments e.g. insurances, property maintenance, loss of job etc?