Skipping a pre-purchase pest and building inspection can lead to nasty – and costly – surprises
It’s always a good idea to have a pest and building inspection. For several-hundred dollars – the average cost of an inspection – on a several-hundred-thousand-dollar investment, it’s peace of mind.
There are two types of pre-purchase inspection – building and pest. The former is a visual inspection of the entire accommodation, both inside and out, that identifies anything from major structural faults to minor defects, maintenance issues and safety hazards.
The inspector is someone you will pay separately to your legal fees and the reason for this is your conveyancer will not review the report for you. Your conveyancer will not usually see the property and therefore cannot comment or advise whether a report is “good or bad”. And that is why choosing the right pest and building inspector is so important.
A pest and building inspector will look for pests, in particular termites, the structure of the building, as well as any other additions to the house such as retaining walls.
Choosing a pest and building inspector
There are several things to look into before choosing a pest and building inspector.
- Have they ever been a licenced builder?
- How much are they charging? Get a few quotes before deciding
- What are their reviews like? Check reviews to see what others are saying.
- Ask the real estate agent who they recommend
- Ask your conveyancer or solicitor who they recommend
Pest and building inspectors to consider
We are often asked by clients who we suggest for pest and building inspectors. Please remember though, you are free to choose any inspector you want or if you are confident in doing the inspection yourself, you are allowed to do that as well.
What about plumbing? Should you get that inspected too?
It’s a good question and the answer is “that’s up to you”. If it is something you would like looked at, we found Damien at Plumb Link Plumbing. Damien offers a pre-purchase plumbing inspection service.
The best way to contact Damien is via his Facebook site which you can find by clicking on his logo below:
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