Understanding Pre-Settlement Inspections in Queensland: A Guide for Buyers

Jun 08, 2024By Mint Legal Brisbane
Mint Legal Brisbane

Buying a property in Queensland is an exciting journey. One crucial step in this process is the pre-settlement inspection. This guide will help you understand what to expect and how to make the most of it.

What is a Pre-Settlement Inspection?

A pre-settlement inspection is a final check of the property before the settlement date. As a buyer, you have the right to inspect the property to ensure it is in the same condition as when you signed the contract.

During this inspection, you should look for any damage or changes that may have occurred since your last visit. This is your chance to confirm that the property is ready for you to move in.

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When to Schedule the Inspection

It is best to schedule the pre-settlement inspection a few days before the settlement date. This gives you enough time to address any issues that may arise.

Make sure to coordinate with the seller or their agent to agree on a suitable time for the inspection.

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  • Cleanliness: The property should be clean and free of debris.
  • Appliances: Check that the appliances are working.
  • Repairs: Confirm that any agreed-upon repairs have been completed.

Tips for a Successful Inspection

To make the most of your pre-settlement inspection, consider these tips:

  1. Bring a checklist to ensure you don't miss anything.
  2. Take photos of any issues you find.
  3. If possible, bring a professional inspector with you.
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Tips for a Successful Inspection

If there are any issues that needs to be looked at, always talk to the real estate agent and your solicitor. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, your solicitor may potentially request the issue to be rectified and/or possibly ask for a reduction in the purchase price.


A pre-settlement inspection is a vital step in the property buying process in Queensland. It ensures that the property is in the agreed condition and ready for you to move in. By following this guide, you can approach your pre-settlement inspection with confidence and peace of mind.