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Features to look for in a property.

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Love a home? Check it first.

There’s a lot to think about when buying a new home and top of your list might not be how it will stand up to a natural disaster. But natural disasters do happen. Here, Richard and Arti talk about the things they checked when buying their first home.

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Before you buy

  • Add the features that make a home safer from natural disasters, to your checklist. Organise a home inspection report by an appropriately qualified professional to assess and identify possible issues.
  • Check local council files on the property to ensure any building or construction work has appropriate consents and ask your lawyer to review these.
  • Consider the potential cost of repairs needed and talk with your lawyer about how this might affect your offer.
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