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4 Warning Signs to Look For at Open Inspections

By Tim Marsh

When you’re shopping around for a property for sale, it’s important to perform your due diligence to determine whether you’re making a wise purchase.

At open inspections, you should keep your eyes and ears open to pick up on any faults or damages the property might have.

If you’re going to hit the pavement and attend a few open inspections in the coming weekends, here are four warning signs to look out for.


Flooding can be a serious issue, especially for homes located in some of Australia’s wetter areas.

When you visit a property, take a look at the exterior of the home to determine if the home has an adequate drainage system.

Ditches that lead straight under the property are likely not going to do you any favours, as water will only pool under the house and potentially cause moisture issues.

If you’re serious about a particular home, it might be wise to have a look at it on a rainy day to see if any water pools into or around the property.

Mould and mildew

When you’re walking through each room in the house, see if you can spot any mould or mildew as this could indicate the property has moisture or ventilation problems.

Mould and mildew can be extremely hazardous to the health of the home and anyone living in it, so it’s best to pick up on this issue from the start.

Sagging ceilings or wallpaper

Is the ceiling hanging a little too low? Do the walls look unusually wrinkly and saggy? If you spot this at a property, it could be due to leaks in the walls or ceilings caused by a leaky pipe or hole in the roof.

This can be extremely expensive to repair, especially if it has soaked through insulation and building materials.

Overall poor maintenance

If the house is looking quite shabby and run down and appliances are all in disrepair, it could suggest the current owner has not done the best job in maintaining the property.

Some signs could include cracked and peeling paint, sloppy wiring and plumbing or broken fixtures and fittings.

Remember, if you’re really serious about making an offer on a home, it’s best to obtain a professional building inspection to pick up on any and all issues the property might have. Although this service comes at a cost, it could potentially save you thousands in the future!

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