What should you
be looking out for
at an inspection?
As you’re walking through and around
the property, take note of the following.
Does everything open and shut?
Do doors close smoothly or do they stick?
Do lights turn on and off without flickering?
Do taps work and is the water flow adequate?
Are there signs of water damage (i.e. peeling
or bubbled paint work, mould, stained ceilings)?
Do the floors slope or bounce? This may mean
stumps need replacing.
Are there cracks in the walls, which could be an
indication of subsidence?
Is there any fretting (cracked) brickwork that could
indicate major structural problems?
Don’t forget to walk around the outside of the
property to check fences and the condition of the
building’s exterior including gutters and downpipes.
Get digital help
Keep all your inspection notes and checklists on your phone using an app like
Evernote or Quip. Evernote also lets you add photographs into your notes.