Buying In North Lakes? Here’s Why You STILL Need A Pre-Purchase Property Inspection.
North Lakes might be new but you’ll still need a building inspection for your North Lakes home. Situated 26km north of Brisbane, the new suburb of North Lakes has developed rapidly with approximately 25,000 people expected to be living there by the completion of development. Although the majority of houses in North Lakes are post 2006, a thorough building inspection before buying means you can be confident of purchasing a soundly constructed and maintained property. A professional building inspector with knowledge of the area should undertake this important task.
New homes are a relatively safe investment location so why would you need a building inspection in North Lakes? Building inspections aren’t just about wear and tear on the home, they cover the quality of the build. North Lakes was once swampy land, let a pro take a look at your foundations and the quality of the build before your contract goes unconditional. It’s the biggest investment you’re going to make, book a pre-purchase property inspector to make sure you’re buying the right home.
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North Lakes, it’s got the lot!
North Lakes offers everything a family would need, without having to leave the suburb. With the average age of residents being 33, families and young professionals dominate the area. The golf course is a major feature of the development, however, and retirees have also been attracted to settling there. House and land packages at North Lakes are reasonably priced and the average home cost is $359, 500. This makes the suburb a viable option for first homebuyers and families struggling to enter the Brisbane housing market. North Lakes is very well resourced and considered a satellite city of Brisbane. Almost self-contained in nature, it’s possible to have your employment, health care, education, business, recreation and retail needs met all within the precinct.
A major Westfield shopping centre at North Lakes continues to expand and Queensland’s first Costco store was opened there in 2015. Construction of an IKEA store has begun with trading scheduled to begin in early 2016. Being on the Bruce Highway gives easy access to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast with many professionals commuting in either direction.
North Lakes caters well for families. There are numerous childcare centres, a number of schools plus adequate parklands and recreation areas for family activities. The suburb is renowned for having a sense of community but if this isn’t quite your thing, the nearby areas of Narangba, Mango Hill and Rothwell could be considered.
First Home Buyer? Andrew The Inspector Talks North Lakes
Whether you’re buying off the plan, in a new estate or a pre-owned property, North Lakes is the current go-to northside destination. It’s the most densely populated are in Brisbane – which can add up to traffic nightmares for commuters – but it can also mean a few unique building and pest inspection issues.
North Lakes is built on reclaimed land. The estates were pre-planned and built at remarkable speed. The homes are generally affordable for first home buyers, and are nestled on small, tidy blocks. Why does all this mean that pre-purchase inspections in North Lakes need a pro-inspector? North Lakes has a good reputation and buyers are generally happy with their purchase. In other areas where affordable housing has been perched on reclaimed land, there’s been big problems. Subsidence and other drainage related issues can plague areas like North Lakes. And these are NOT cheap issues. These are the kinds of issues that can ruin you financially.
There have been no reported issues in North Lakes however the precise location of the home can indicate the risk of future issues. It’s a hard call, not even the best building and pest inspector can see into the future – but we can check for warning signs!
In older areas of North Lakes, there’s also the risk of sub-standard renovations. If buying a pre-owned home in North Lakes, sellers may do low cost renovations on kitchen and bathroom areas to keep the modern appearance of other homes for sale. We’re specialists in spotting bad reno jobs! And if we do find a problem? We provide you with Brisbane’s most comprehensive and trusted pre-purchase report – so you can take it to the vendor and renegotiate your purchase price.
Style of housing for sale in North Lakes
Nearly all homes in North Lakes are of brick construction with tile or Colorbond roofing. There is a mix of double and single story homes and, due to the newness of the development, the streetscape of most areas is contemporary. But don’t let this give you a false sense of security; it’s still vital to have building and pest inspections carried out during the building and pest clause. Even new homes can be affected by pests or sub-standard building work, which will be detected by a professional building inspector with knowledge of the North Lakes area.
North Lakes building inspections are carried out with the same care and caution as other areas. Just because your North Lakes home hasn’t had a thousand and one renters in the past, doesn’t mean that you can avoid a professional pre-purchase inspection. Like all areas, building inspections North Lakes will cover essentials like a solid foundation (North Lakes has had some serious engineering to make the land suitable for building) and quality of workmanship. We recommend you also invest in a pest inspector for your new home as North Lakes backs onto bush land and pests love a shady spot!
Organising building and pest inspections in North Lakes
A pre-purchase building and pest inspection is vital when buying in North Lakes, even though the houses are relatively new. Talk to your professional building inspector about how a thorough interior and exterior examination will give you peace of mind about the home you’re buying.
Expert building and pest inspections are available for North Lakes and surrounds from Action Property Inspections.
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