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Buying a home

Shaynna Blaze’s essential tips for buying a home

2 July 2018

Whether you’re in the market for a forever home or an investment property, Channel 9 Buying Blind host and Suncorp Ambassador, Shaynna Blaze, says it pays to be smart and do some pre-planning before you commit to buying a new home.

Shaynna Blaze's home buying tips

Your home buying budget needs to cover more than just the property’s purchase price. You also need to consider the money you’re going to spend on the property in the future.

Are there foundation issues that may need addressing, or any walls which may need rebuilding? One way to get the right property reports and insights is to explore the professional services available, says Shaynna. It’s the first step to making sure you know what you’re looking at, and could help you save money later.

Start with a building & pest inspection

There are lots of steps to take before you sign on the dotted line. Two essentials are to organise your building and pest inspections.


Building inspection

Even though it may look like your dream home on the outside, there might be a few surprises on the inside that could cost you time and money down the track.

A building report is a good investment and will:

  • only cost a few hundred dollars;
  • report on the gas and electricity to check they are installed properly and structurally sound; and,
  • confirm that the electricity is correctly wired and earthed.

Bad wiring or faulty gas lines can cost you a lot of money later on, so it’s always a smart step to get them checked before you buy a property.

Pest inspection

Termites can be a big problem as they work from the inside out, so a wall or structure that looks strong to the eye, might crumble to the touch if termites are active. 

Here are some things to look out for:

  • check door frames and weatherboards for signs of damage; and
  • be wary of new builds with concrete floors – they may have timber frames that are susceptible to termites.

Don’t forget: surveyors report

Lastly, make sure you organise a surveyors report with a registered surveyor to understand the boundaries of your property. The report will include a detailed sketch of the land, showing where the property sits in relation to those boundaries and neighbouring properties.

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying your first home or investing, Shaynna Blaze believes it’s important to do your due diligence and become informed.

To learn more about the home buying process, visit the Suncorp Home Buying Guide.

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