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First Ensure It's All Working

13 April 2012
Even experienced buyers can get to check whether all the mechanical equipment on a property works properly before they buy it, Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA) president David Airey says.
“Buyers should do a thorough check of mechanical and operating systems on the property in the presence of the real estate agent before settlement,” he said.
“The REIWA Offer and Acceptance Form used by our members has a section for buyers to write in any special conditions for their offer, which might include things such as all the plumbing and wiring being in safe, working order before final purchase.”
Here is a list of some of the more common things to inspect:
·         Learn how the hot water system works and whether it may need repairs.
·         If the yard is reticulated, check that it operates properly.
·         If there is air conditioning, check that it is in working order.
·         Test the locks and bolts on doors and windows and account for all the keys.
·         Check swimming pools for damage and ensure that it has the required legal fencing.
·         Check that the plumbing and light switches work by testing all the taps and switches.
·         Take a small appliance from room to room to see if all the electrical sockets are working.
·         Inspect the oven and cook-top and check the exhaust fan.
·         Check all roof drainage and ensure the guttering is sound.
·         If a septic tank system is in place, check that it is sound and in working order.
“If a buyer finds fault with any of these, then they are able to request that the owner fix them before settlement,” Mr Airey said.
“Alternatively, where the owner agrees in writing, buyers can renegotiate the sale price to allow for the cost of repairs after purchase.”
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