Building and Pest Inspections

What you Should Know About Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspections

Never skip the pre-purchase building and pest inspections

If you are about to purchase a home, knowing as much as possible about the property’s condition before you finalise the sale will help you avoid major problems and expenses in the future. One of the best ways to do this is to get pre-purchase pest and building reports from a reputable inspector.

What exactly are pre-purchase building and pest inspection reports?

They are the two main types of building inspection reports you can have done before you buy a property, and are often combined as one inspection and report.

Building Inspection – A pre-purchase building inspection looks at the condition of the property. It records any significant problems or defects in the building such as cracking walls, rising damp, a faulty roof or potential safety hazards.

Pest Inspection – A pre-purchase pest inspector looks at all the timber inside and outside a building for evidence of, or damage caused by timber pests such as termites.

Both reports are typically carried out before the exchange of contracts, giving you the opportunity to back out of a purchase if severe problems are found, or negotiate the price if less severe issues are found and you still want to purchase the property.

Why are these inspections important?

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest, if not the biggest investments of your life, so it is extremely important that you are aware of what you are buying. Pre-purchase inspection pest and building reports will identify areas that may cause problems with the property and allow you to make an informed decision as to whether to continue with the purchase.

Finding the right company to perform the inspections

Obviously, it is important that you find inspectors who have the appropriate experience and qualifications. Also, ensure that they carry professional indemnity insurance so that if they miss something you can be compensated for any oversight or error.

For building inspections, look for a licensed builder, architect or surveyor who offers pre-purchase inspection services. They will know exactly what to look for and be able to spot any cosmetic improvements that may be covering faults that could be missed by someone untrained. Additionally, someone will experience will make sure that the report complies with the Australian Standard (AS 4349.1).

For pest inspections, look for an inspector who has the appropriate certificates in pest termite control and carry professional indemnity insurance.

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