A Comprehensive Home Evaluation Checklist For Buyers

You are interested in a property you came across when you were hunting for a bigger and better house for your family. You might have considered some important factors to curtail the long list of new homes for sale in Ayrshire. No doubt you are a step closer to your dream home. Still, you will have to do a lot of things before sealing the deal. Is it in a safe area? Crime rate, transportation, schools, colleges, universities and there are many other factors that will influence the final decision. In this article, it is not possible for us to cover every single aspect to check before buying new build homes in Falkirk. However, it is possible for us to provide you with a comprehensive new home evaluation checklist.

So, if your search for new homes for sale in Ayrshire has come to an end, we recommend you read this article. We also highly recommend the services of a professional home inspector for a thorough inspection such as the structure of the property, quality of material used in the property and much more.      

First of all, create a list of things you must have in the home you are planning to purchase. For example, the property must have a certain number of bedrooms, car parking a garden etc.    

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Chemical, physical, biological and psychological hazards:   

  • What was in the site previously is it close to any industrial parks which use or transport. Chemical hazards including arsenic, asbestos, heavy metals, lead, radon, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides.       
  • Flooding, air pollution and noise pollution are common physical hazards.       
  • Biological hazards include poor indoor air quality causing nausea, fatigue and throat and eye irritation. Other common biological hazards include mould and mildew.
  • Psychological hazards include violence and stress due to sound pollution, heavy traffic and several other factors.   

Evaluating exterior

  • Cracks on driveway
  • Automatic doors
  • Garage  
  • Drain pipes
  • Fence
  • Exterior facings
  • Patio  
  • Landscape
  • Roof
  • Garden
  • Windows

Evaluating interior

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  • Lighting (including natural light)
  • Walls
  • Paint
  • Electrical sockets
  • Carpet/Flooring
  • Windows
  • Appliances such as heating system, water heater etc.     

Evaluating basement and foundations  

  • Cracks
  • Light
  • Beams
  • Water damage
  • Electrical system  


  • Mould and mildew
  • Ventilation
  • Vermin
  • Insulation
  • Storage
  • Water damage
  • General condition


  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Drains
  • Toilet
  • Fixtures
  • Water pressure
  • Taps
  • Plumbing
  • Mould and mildew
  • Wall tiles

Evaluating Kitchen

  • All appliances
  • Gas pipes
  • Countertops
  • Taps
  • Storage
  • Sink

Evaluating roof, roof features and ceiling

  • Drainage
  • Structural deformation
  • Any physical damage  
  • Debris on roof
  • Puddles – often caused by sagging areas
  • Cracks
  • Coating
  • Skylights
  • Chimney/Vents
  • Water leaks

Evaluating Exterior and interior wall surfaces  

  • Surface deterioration
  • Staining
  • Deformed finish
  • Cracks  
  • Water leaks
  • Door/Window alignment
  • Window leaks

Apart from physical evaluation, you will also have to consider the legal aspect. There are property laws in place governing the sale, purchase and ownership of a property. Validate and verify documents such as the deeds, sale agreement, ownership, property tax receipts, a copy of the building plan and a few more. Buying a new home is an important financial decision. Make sure that all property related documents are authentic. You are going to raise your family in your new home. Make sure that it is in a good area.

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