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Purchasing a property for the first time can always be daunting, there are many checks your solicitor and bank often advise\require you to perform as part of conveyancing.
If you havent already, you need to find a solicitor, who can start checking the paper work to ensure the land and property ownership is all above board.
A home owners report or house condition survey is the best place to start at looking into the structure itself, you get many types which can cost $100 to $1000 depending on the detail they check, standard checks should be looking at woodworm, subsidence, electrics, plumbing, damp and the roof.
No survey will discover 100% of all issues, but they should identify issues such as leaky roof, or where electrics need rewiring.
Your solicitor can probably advise you based on the area and property type your looking at what are the key things to make sure are checked, and also recommend a firm to carry out the survey.
Please let me know if there is a specific aspect you would like further detail on, good luck with your new home.