Its My Home : 2017
21 IT’S MY HOME THE LOCATION n Does the area have the local amenities you might need? nShops nSchools nDoctors/hospital nPublic transport nFood and entertainment n Are there any local council planning changes or planned infrastructure developments in the near future? n How long will it take to travel to work? OUTSIDE THE PROPERTY n Is there off-street parking? n Is the building structurally sound? n Are there signs of damp around the house (eg bubbling paint, a musty smell)? n Check the condition of paintwork, windows, fences, gardens, roof and guttering n Is it possible to extend the property in the future? n How much northerly sunlight does it get? n Is it noisy? Traffic, trains, planes INSIDE THE PROPERTY n Check what is included – carpets, curtains, blinds, light fittings, air conditioning, heating and any appliances n Are the enough bedrooms and bathrooms? n What is the condition of the electrical wiring? n Is the plumbing operational? n Are walls, ceilings and floors in good condition? n Is the kitchen in good condition? n Do all the windows and doors open? n Is there enough storage space? n Is there space for your fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer? 20 Checklist FOR BUYING A HOUSE AS YOU KNOW, THERE IS A LOT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN BUYING A HOME Here are some areas to consider. A detailed checklist can be downloaded from our website genworth.com.au/lmitoolkit. Use this checklist when inspecting properties so you can compare the pros and cons of each. Happy house hunting. Pictures:GettyImagesandShutterstock.