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What Information To Have On Hand During An Inspection?

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What Information To Have On Hand During An Inspection?

Attending an open inspection can be a daunting adventure even for the most experienced of home buyers.

This list of essential things to have on hand, with top tricks and tips for new home buyers will help you prepare for your next inspection, and give you a head start in the world of real estate.

Where to begin: What to have on hand during the inspection?

Before you head on out to inspect the house you’re interested in, make sure you have the essentials on hand! You’re going to need:

A tape measure:

This will be used to measure the space in your new potential property.

tape measure

If you’re planning on moving large pieces of furniture into your potential new house, make sure that you measure their size before you attend the inspection! This will save you a lot of time and effort.

If the bedroom doesn’t have enough room for your must-have king size bed, then you can quickly move on to the next inspection. Make sure to also measure doorways to ensure that larger pieces can be safely transported.

A notepad:

This will be used to take notes of any flaws, issues, or potential enquiries. If you prefer, the note pad can of course be substituted for the notes appon your phone.


You’re going to want to take notes detailing everything you notice about the house, the things you like, and any potential issues that the house may have. If you’re unsure or confused about any aspects of the property, make sure to take note so that you can enquire at a later date.

And of course, your phone:

The main purpose of your phone is to take photographs and log any potential flaws or damages that the house may have. As well as taking photos of the aspects of the house that you enjoy!


You may also want to record a video of the house, so you have a ‘virtual walkthrough’ to reflect on.

Tips and Tricks during inspection:

In the whirlwind of excitement and intrigue, potential buyers often overlook important aspects of the houses design, layout and even structure.


It’s extremely important that you leave the rose-coloured glasses at home during an inspection, and think realistically and critically about your potential new house.

You’re going to want to thoroughly inspect all aspects of the house, look for mould damage, cracks in the walls, or yellowing from smoke.

Make sure you run the taps to test the water pressure, and check for any strange smells or stenches. Take a variety of photographs and videos during the inspection of each room, from a few different angles, if you spot any form of damage throughout the house make sure to take a photo, or write a note.

Make sure you look everywhere that you can! Behind doors, inside cupboards, in the laundry, water damage is an easy to miss, pesky problem that could cost you a hefty repair fee if you don’t notice it.


Use your senses:

Listen for creaks in the floorboards, noisy neighbours, train tracks or tap leaks! And make sure to log of any potential issues you notice during the inspection.

If it’s an open inspection with other potential buyers, listen to what they have to say too. There’s potential that someone else will pick up on a major flaw that you wouldn’t have even noticed.