What You Need to Know About Pre-Settlement Inspections
A pre-settlement inspection is your final walkthrough of a property before finalizing the purchase. It serves as a crucial step in ensuring the property meets agreed-upon standards. According to the Housing Industry Association, New Home Sales in Australia rose to 4,298 units in September 2023, up from 4,021 units in August of the same year. This uptick underscores the significance of conducting thorough pre-settlement inspections. This blog offers a detailed guide on what to look for, when to conduct the inspection, and who is qualified to perform it.
What Is a Pre-Settlement Inspection?
Definition and Objectives
A pre-settlement inspection is the final review of a property before the sale is finalized. It offers buyers an opportunity to walk through the property and ensure it is in the agreed-upon condition. The objective is to identify any last-minute issues that need addressing by the seller, such as incomplete repairs or new damage.
Importance in the Buying Process
Conducting a pre-settlement inspection is a vital step in the home buying process. Skipping this step can lead to unforeseen problems and additional expenses for the buyer post-settlement. The inspection ensures that all terms of the contract are met and gives the buyer peace of mind before the final transaction occurs.
What to Check at a Pre-Settlement Inspection
Utilities and Systems
Finishes and Fixtures
Who Can Conduct a Pre-Settlement Inspection?
Criteria for Selecting a Qualified Inspector
Licenses and Certifications to Look For
Pre-Settlement Inspection Checklist Guide
Action Required if Issue Found
|Check walls, ceilings, and floors for cracks or deformities.
|Ensures the building is sound and safe.
|Consult a structural engineer.
|Test all light switches and outlets.
|Verifies the electrical system is working properly.
|Contact an electrician.
|Run taps, flush toilets, look for leaks.
|Confirms the plumbing system is operational.
|Call a plumber.
|Test heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
|Assures climate control systems function correctly.
|Schedule HVAC service.
|Windows and Doors
|Open/close all windows and doors.
|Validates they are in working condition.
|Repair or replace.
|Operate all included appliances.
|Checks if all appliances are functional.
|Negotiate repair or replacement with seller.
|Paint and Finishes
|Inspect the quality of paint, flooring, and other finishes.
|Impacts the aesthetics and possibly resale value.
|Consider repainting or refinishing.
|Items Included in Sale
|Confirm all promised items are present.
|Ensures you receive what you paid for.
|Notify the seller or agent immediately.
|Previous Inspection Issues
|Review issues found in past inspections.
|Verifies if past issues were resolved.
|Discuss with seller.
|Signs of Wear and Tear
|Look for obvious signs of wear on floors, walls, etc.
|Helps in assessing the property’s condition.
|Request necessary repairs.
|Inspect roof for leaks, missing tiles or shingles.
|Protects against water damage and other issues.
|Contact a roofing specialist.
|Attic and Basement
|Check for dampness, mold, and adequate insulation.
|Important for overall home health.
|Address moisture and insulation issues.
|Fencing and Outdoor Areas
|Inspect the condition of fences and outdoor spaces.
|Affects property security and aesthetics.
|Repair or replace fencing.
|Driveway and Walkways
|Check for cracks or uneven surfaces.
|Safety and aesthetic reasons.
|Repair or resurface.
|Look for signs of rodents or insects.
|Important for health and structural integrity.
|Schedule pest control service.
Why Choose Owner Inspections for Your Pre-Settlement Inspection?
For a comprehensive and expert pre-settlement inspection, consider our services at Owner Inspections. Our team of highly experienced and certified building inspectors operates in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland.
We hold esteemed licenses from the Victorian Building Authority, NSW Fair Trading, Queensland Building and Construction Commission, as well as membership in the Australian Society of Building Consultants NSW. Entrust us with your inspection needs for a thorough and accurate evaluation that brings peace of mind to the settlement process.