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The importance of a final inspection

Category: Buying, Selling

No matter how excited you are about purchasing your new house or unit, it is prudent to undertake a final inspection to ensure that the property is still in the same condition it was when you negotiated the sale.

You should check that all the fixtures and fittings included in the contract are still present and that the previous residents have not caused any damage subsequent to you buying the property.

Use the inspection to check for maintenance items you may want to attend to before moving in.

Check where your furniture will go, bring a tape measure if necessary to double check spaces.

Your agent will usually accompany you on the final inspection - check arrangements for collection of keys - please note the agent is not legally able to hand over keys until the Vendor’s solicitor (not the purchaser's) notifies them that settlement has taken place.  If the agent only has one set of keys, check how you can collect any remaining sets; will they be left at the property for you, where?