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Real estate agent shares tips for first home buyers

Your basic guide to buying the right home: Real estate agent reveals the secrets to know before an inspection – and why it’s best to attend when it’s raining

  • Sammi Russo shared real estate tips every first know buyer should be aware of  
  • On TikTok she said to ask for a floor plan and check the ceiling for water marks  
  • She also said the best time to inspect a property for sale is when it’s raining 
  • This will indicate whether the house or apartment has any water damage  
  • The TikTok videos have since gone viral and received more than 13,000 views 

An Australian real estate agent has shared what every first home buyer should look out for when inspecting properties.

Sammi Russo, from Melbourne, shared two videos on TikTok that have since gone viral and received more than 13,000 views each.

She said to always ask for a floor plan of the property, see what heating and cooling systems are available and check the ceilings for water marks.

Ms Russo also said the best time to attend a property inspection is when it’s raining because it’s an opportunity to see if the house or apartment has any leaks or water damage.

She advised to ask for a floor plan of the property and check the ceilings for water marks

Sammi Russo (pictured left) advised to ask for a floor plan of the property and check the ceilings for water marks

When inspecting a property for the first time, Ms Russo said to ask the agent for a floor plan and a copy of the vendor’s statement.

The floor plan will make it easier to remember what the property was like after the inspection, while the vendor’s statement includes details of the legal title and rates.

Ms Russo suggested checking what heating and cooling system is being used, as this will be a quick indication of whether anything needs to be installed or updated.

First home buyers should also check what other appliances the property has, such as dishwashers, washing machines, ovens and whether the kitchen has gas or electric cooking.

TIPS FOR BUYERS WHEN INSPECTING PROPERTIES

  • Always check the heating and cooling systems the property has and whether this needs updating
  • Ask the agent if they have a floor plan of the property
  • Ask for a copy of the vendor’s statement, which will include rates
  • Take a quick glance at the ceiling and make sure there’s no water marks
  • Check what appliances there are in the kitchen, such as dishwasher and gas stove
  • If possible, inspect the property when it’s raining to see if there’s any leaks
Ms Russo suggested checking what heating and cooling system is being used, as this will be a quick indication of whether anything needs to be installed or updated

First home buyers should also check what other appliances the property has, such as dishwashers and gas or electric stovetops

First home buyers should check the heating and cooling system available and the appliances the property has

Next Ms Russo says to ‘take a quick glance at the roof’ to ensure there is no watermarks, mould or leaks, as if there’s water damage this can be expensive to fix.

It’s also a good idea to check the ceiling doesn’t have any further defects, such as sagging.

In another video, Ms Russo said the easiest way to know whether a property has water damage is to attend an inspection when it’s raining.

In another video, Ms Russo said it's best to view a property when it's raining to see if any water damage can be spotted

It’s best to view a property when it’s raining to see if any water damage can be spotted

According to realestate.com.au, first home buyers should also see if any large cracks in the walls are visible and check the rooms for mould

According to realestate.com.au, first home buyers should also see if there’s any large cracks in the walls and check the rooms for mould.

Property expert Brad Porteus said mould is not only bad for your health but it could be the result of a larger issue that needs to be fixed.

He also suggested looking inside cabinets in all wet areas, such as under sinks, to see if there’s a smell of mould or mildew.  Other than these above, the next step is to get loans and you might be interested in private money lenders to purchase a home.  For more information and in case you need finance assistance, you can also click California hard money loans to ask for quotations and details.

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