A relative told me recently that when they moved into their PPOR they found a huge patch of different coloured paint on the bedroom wall. The previous owners had lazily decided to paint around the padded bedhead rather than remove and replace it !! Talk about taking the easy option.... In the same house they also discovered a square of missing carpet where a large electric heater had been standing upon inspection. Tricky indeed. Without the carpet in production, they were forced to recarpet the entire room. It does pay to move objects when you're inspecting premises, especially if there is something suspicious about placement or if you feel that cover ups are occurring. Other examples that I've seen/heard of include the following: * Bathmat hung over side of bath to hide surface damage * Rugs to hide carpet and flooring stains (very common) * Posters and pictures over holes in doors or walls. * Appliances/homewares hiding kitchen bench damage/discolouring * Childlocks on doors hiding water damage to internal cupboards The biggest and most difficult cover up to detect, obviously, is anything under a layer of paint. Mould and mildew, cracks, recurring stains etc can all be disguised at least temporarily with a tube of polyfilla and paint. Building inspectors have so many disclaimers in their reports these days that it pays to take a second, third and even fourth careful look at the quality of the product before you buy when it comes to real estate.