1. Odour. The moment you step foot inside the property you should take note of any unhealthy odours.
Mould is extremely harmful (nasal congestion, coughing, respiratory infections etc), it should not be
taken lightly. Some mould can be treated if it’s not at its’ worst. Check inside cupboards, bathrooms,
poorly ventilated rooms. Beware of any fragrances or incense which may have been sprayed/lit
before your arrival, this is just a mask and is typically used to fool you.
2. Check the Roofing. Broken tiles, broken or missing downpipes and guttering aren’t always a bad
sign, but sometimes they can lead to problems further down the track and be quite tricky and
expensive to locate/fix. Interior water leakages can cause unstable plasterboard, brickwork, rendered
walls, possibly resulting in mould growth, rising damp, cracking and/or peeling ceilings and walls.
3. Bubbling Vinyl Flooring. Check out the vinyl flooring to make sure there isn’t any blistering or
bubbling, as the vinyl comes away from the surface it allows dust, bugs and household bacteria to
4. Fibro (Fibros Cement Sheet) a.k.a Asbestos. Fibro was widely used from the 1950s and is still being
used today, in non-asbestos form. In warmer weather, fibro houses can become extremely hot to live
in and in the cooler months, very cold. Houses constructed in the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s can contain
5. Water Stains. Water spots and stains are mostly found on ceilings. The stained area can range in
different colours i.e yellow, brown or copper coloured. The area may appear wet or dry, these water
stains are one of the most common sites for House Painters, they can be treated, prepared and
painted without too much hassle.
When preparing to move out and into your new rental or newly purchased property, follow these five signs
and be switched on when making any new arrangements, this may help you in the long run. Happy moving!
This article was written in conjunction with a Sydney-based, Female Owned and Operated House Painting
Company, New Gen Painters Pty Ltd.