The importance of conducting a final inspection
Buying a house is one of the most significant purchasing decisions that you will make in your life, and it's important not to rush into this process without careful thought.
After all, it is likely that you will be putting forward a large proportion of your life savings towards this purchase, and you want to get it right first time.
With that in mind, you should always take the time to conduct a careful final inspection before signing on the dotted line.
This final inspection should occur after you have decided on the property and negotiated on the deal, but before you make any final commitments.
It doesn't matter how much you might like the house or how much competition you might be feeling from other potential buyers - always conduct a thorough final inspection.
Make sure that every part of the house is in the same condition as when you first looked at it. Carefully look for any signs of damage that might have occurred as the previous occupants were moving out.
Also, take the time to ensure that all of the extras and features that you negotiated for in the contract - such as wall fixtures and light fittings - are still there and in good condition.
You will also want to test all the taps and pipes for leaks, as well as the heating system and any appliances that have been included with the sale.
If you are a first time buyer, this process might feel time consuming or rude, but it is a vital part of ensuring that you are happy with your purchase and that no nasty issues arise further down the line.