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What to Consider When Buying a Property

Buying a house is undoubtedly one of the most exciting achievements in our lifetime. However, securing a house in the Australian property market has been tough work for many prospective buyers. In order to secure the property, buyers are purchasing prior to inspection and well past the reserve or asking price. As a result, buyers are making vital errors in the house buying process.

Selecting a property to purchase is an important decision that should not be made in haste.

Before purchasing a property you should:

  • use a surveyor to verify the site boundary positions and check there are no encroachments between properties

  • check if there are any easements over the property that grant access rights to other parties

  • arrange for a geotechnical investigation to identify what type of foundation materials exist. Certain ground materials can have a big impact on structural requirements and construction costs

  • search availability of services such as water, sewer, gas, electricity, telecommunications including NBN

  • consider sun orientation, prevailing breezes, and views from the site

  • identify there are no obstructions for site access such as trees, bus shelters etc

  • check authority development regulations including permitted uses, flood mapping and transport noise corridors

  • visit the property at different times during the day such as peak hours, the middle of the day, and at night to experience the variable conditions

  • talk to the neighbours if possible, to get a locals perspective

  • always seek legal advice when purchasing a property

Consult with Mark Williams Architects prior to buying and we can help you evaluate the suitability of the property.

Mark Williams Architects

Managing Director

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