By Carina Stathis For Daily Mail Australia


A property valuer has listed the types of properties she’d never own and the steps she’d take before signing on the dotted line. 
Belinda Botzolis, from Sydney, knows what to look for when it comes to homes – and encouraged other buyers to be ‘picky’ and to not ‘settle for something because it’s cheap’.
When looking for potential homes, she’d never consider a property that’s directly across from a school, trainline or one that’s south-facing.  
‘I’ve seen it all, I know what works and what doesn’t. There are certain things about a property, as a valuer, I say a “hard no to”,’ Ms Botzolis captioned a video. 
‘Mostly because it triggers a risk rating to the bank within the valuation report and mainly because it will affect the overall marketability of the property.’
To start off, Ms Botzolis said she would never buy a property without arranging a building and pest inspection first. 
‘Even if I’m buying a home to extensively renovate or even knock down and rebuild, a building and pest inspection is a must,’ she said. 
The report will highlight any possible concerns regarding the structure, drainage, plumbing, termite and roof damage. This service tends to cost between $500-$800. 
During this process she would also have a qualified builder or professional interpret the report who will let her know if there’s any ‘red flags’ before making the purchase.
As for homes that fall under strata – such as units or apartments – Ms Botzolis said she’d always request a strata report. 
‘I want to know if there’s any special levies coming up, if there were in the past, if there’s any problems going on in the building, because remember you are sharing that building with all the other unit lot holders,’ she said.
When looking for potential homes, Belinda Botzolis (pictured) would never consider a property that’s directly across the road from a school, trainline or one that’s south-facing
1. Always book a building and pest inspection before purchasing and have a qualified builder interpret the report 
2. Get a strata report before buying a strata property 
3. Buy a north-facing property for sunlight 
4. Never buy a property on a main road, with overhead powerlines or in close proximity to a substation 
5. Never buy directly across from a school, on a trainline or close to industrial work
Source: Belinda The Valuer
Ms Botzolis is only interested in a home if it’s north-facing – or close to – to get the ‘most amount of sunlight’.
She also would not buy a property on a main road due to loud street noise, and wouldn’t consider one if it had overhanging powerlines or if it’s close to a substation.
As a valuer, these aspects tend to ‘affect the marketability and desirability of the home’.
Ms Botzolis added how she wouldn’t buy a home that backs onto a trainline, if it’s too close to industrial work or one that’s directly across the road from a school as it’s far too loud. 
As for the non-essentials, she cheekily said she will need a home with a walk-in robe.
On TikTok the video has since been viewed more than 11,400 times and others thanked her for sharing the insights. 
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