Spring is an amazing time of year to buy a home, in Melbourne our wonderful 4 seasons in a day can help you identify the perfect home for your summertime celebrations, what rooms will get the best light and where you might need to spend some time (and money) renovating.

There are a million checklists out there with advice about buying your home – from the build, the suburb, the design – what we thought would be handy to share were four things we looked for in our own home:

Scratch below the surface of any second hand home and you’ll start to notice loads of things that you missed in your first or second inspection.

Location of water pipes

If your dream is to renovate, take special note of the location, ease of access and existing modifications that have been made to the water and gas pipework in the home.

Water supply lines

Check the water pressure throughout the home, and in particular the rooms that will get the biggest workout. Poor water pressure can be an easy win to repair or, if your prospective new home is older, it could be an extensive replacement of old galvanised pipe lines. Having these inspected will help you know which end of the spectrum you’re dealing with.

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Inside water supply


Where you can access, check pipes and the area around them for leaks and discolouration. Areas like under the kitchen, bathroom and laundry sinks, or the walls adjacent to wet areas. Also keep a special key out for bubbling plaster work opposite wet areas, it might be an indicator of past or present water damage.


Toilets & drains 


You might get an odd look or two flushing the loo at an open inspection – but it’s much better to gauge the health or the properties drains sooner rather than experience a poo-nami (more on that in our next blog)!


Check for leaks at the base of the toilet and the inlet tap. Leaving a leak at the base of the toilet can lead to significant damage over time. In some cases, it could also be a simple leaking tap washer. Keep an eye out for a off balance, rocking toilet, discoloration at base or warping. Flush each toilet to make sure there are no clogs. If the water level rises but slowly ebbs away, this could be a sign of a building blockage. It’s best to fix this sooner rather than later (trust us on this!)


Take a few extra moments in your pre-inspections and add these to your list of must-haves in your dream home. At the least, you’ll have a greater understanding of what you’re buying. Or best case, you’ll avoid purchasing a home with unforeseen repair needs.


Need some help with your renovation or repairs? Call Travis and the team today.