From the moment a buyer signs the dotted line, to the day they are moving into their new home, there are a number of important stages in the buying process. One of the most important steps is the pre-settlement inspection.
While building and pest inspections are required for the completion of the sale, every buyer is entitled to a pre-settlement inspection which must take place within five days of taking possession of the property.
Prior to making an offer on a property, a buyer is permitted to inspect the house several times, and a lot can happen between signing a contract and settlement. The purpose of a pre-settlement inspection is to ensure the property is in the same condition as when the buyer purchased it.
It also allows the buyer to ensure all amenities are in working order, and ask for things to be repaired or replaced prior to settlement if they are no longer in working order. The buyer can also check all items listed in the contract are present and in the right condition.
The legislation is different in each state but this inspection also means the buyer can make sure the old owner has removed all furniture, rubbish, and non-permanent structures such as greenhouses or sheds.
Our handy Pre-Settlement Inspection Checklist
- Taps – make sure they are not leaking
- Sinks – for leaking and draining (underneath and around)
- Toilets – for flushing and leaking
- Hot Water – Check it is working
Ensure that all household appliances that are included in the sale are functioning properly. Standard appliances include:
- Dishwasher – switch it on and run a full cycle
- Smoke detectors – test buttons and check batteries
- Swimming pools – check the pump is working and cleaning equipment is operational
- Ovens, stoves, and kitchen appliances – Switch on hot plate, oven and grill and check the oven light and fan is working
- Ceiling and exhaust fans – switch on and check they are working on all speeds
Heating, cooling and amenities
- Power Points – Takes something small to test each power point
- Air conditioners – check controls and temperatures work (heating and cooling)
- Ducted heaters and heating services – switch on and check air flow to each room
- Light fixtures – switch on all lights
Doors and windows
Ensure that all doors and windows, open, close, seal, and lock.
Remember to check all doors and windows including:
- Doors and door locks
- Windows and window locks
- Garage doors
- Check curtain rails and all blinds (open and close for movement)