Buying a Home
The best time to ascertain if the house you are interested in buying (and living in) has any problems that are not immediately obvious, is before you buy and live in it.
The things you should consider include any potential legal problems including rights of access, and easements to cover services such as phone, power, gas, water and sewage reticulation etc, plus any reservations or restrictions that might apply to the land or your use of it. Buyers are always well advised to obtain a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) from the relevant Council.
Likewise, having the property inspected by a builder, roofer, plumber, electrician and possibly also a surveyor can be a very worthwhile precaution which could save you much future aggravation and sometimes many thousands of dollars.
Take note of the landscape – will it flood? Is erosion a problem?