Your Basic Guide to Buying the Right Home: Broker Reveals the Secrets You Need to Know for an Inspection – and Why It’s Best to Attend When It’s Raining
- Sammi Russo has shared real estate tips that every first known buyer should be aware of
- On TikTok, she said to request a map and check the ceiling for water stains
- She also said it is the best time to inspect a home for sale when it rains
- This indicates whether the house or apartment has water damage
- The TikTok videos have since gone viral and gained over 13,000 views
An Australian broker has shared what every first home buyer should look for when inspecting properties.
Sammi Russo from Melbourne shared two videos on TikTok who have since gone viral and each received over 13,000 views.
She always said to ask for a floor plan of the property, see what heating and cooling systems are available, and check the ceilings for water stains.
Ms. Russo also said it is best to attend an inspection of the home when it rains because it is an opportunity to see if the house or apartment has leaks or water damage.
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Sammi Russo (pictured left) advised to request a floor plan of the property and check the ceilings for watermarks
At the first home inspection, Ms. Russo told him to ask the agent for a floor plan and a copy of the supplier’s statement.
The floor plan makes it easier to remember what the property looked like after the inspection, while the seller’s statement includes details about the legal title and rates.
Ms Russo suggested checking which heating and cooling system is used as this is a quick indication of whether something needs to be installed or updated.
First-time home buyers should also check what other appliances the home has, such as dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, and whether the kitchen has gas or electric cooking.
TIPS FOR BUYERS IN INSPECTING PROPERTIES
Always check the property’s heating and cooling systems and whether it needs updating
Ask the agent if they have a floor plan of the property
Request a copy of the supplier’s statement, including rates
Take a quick look at the ceiling and make sure there are no water stains
Check which appliances are in the kitchen, such as dishwasher and gas stove
If possible, inspect the property when it rains to see if there are any leaks
First home buyers should check the available heating and cooling system and the devices the property has
Then Ms. Russo says “take a quick look at the roof” to make sure there are no watermarks, mold or leaks, because if there is water damage it can be expensive to fix.
It is also a good idea to check that the ceiling has no further defects, such as sagging.
In another video, Ms. Russo said the easiest way to know if a home has water damage is to attend an inspection when it rains.
In another video, Ms. Russo said it is best to view a property when it rains to see if any water damage can be noticed
According to realestate.com.au, the first home buyers should also check for large cracks in the walls and check the rooms for mold
According to realestate.com.au, the first home buyers should also check for major cracks in the walls and check the rooms for mold.
Real estate expert Brad Porteus said that mold is not only bad for your health, it can also be the result of a bigger problem that needs to be solved.
He also suggested looking in closets in all wet areas, such as under sinks, to see if it smells of mold or mildew.