pre purchase inspections

Why is it important to have a pre purchase inspection before buying?

pre purchase inspectionsThe process of purchasing a property can be an incredibly stressful and nerve-wracking time for most people.  As a result, obtaining a Pre-Purchase House Inspection can seem to be one of the more tedious tasks and is often considered to be a waste of time and money.  However there are a number of reasons why it is critical that an inspection is not forgone for the sake of saving a few hundred dollars or believing that there is no time.

Checking for Structural Issues

Identifying possible structural problems is essential to ensure there are no safety concerns or major cost implications.  Structural issues can cause collapse causing serious injury or death, and identifying the cost to repair any structural issues is important in order to budget correctly for the potential purchase price.  If a structural issue is identified after settlement of a property, you may find that you will be responsible for the cost of repairs in order to conform with the relevant codes and Australian Standards.  Obtaining a building inspection will help you avoid costly rectification works down the track.

Identifying Safety Hazards

When buying a house its always nice to feel comfortable that it is safe and ready for occupation.  A pre-purchase inspection will identify any areas that might be a risk to you or your family.  Some of the things we look for when completing an inspection include:

  • Asbestos and other hazardous products and the condition of any identified material.
  • Electrical wiring that appears aged or suspect in any way, and the presence of safety switches on the electrical circuits.
  • Presence of smoke detectors, and fire protection covers on downlights.
  • Loose or inadequate balustrades, handrails or decking.

There is nothing more important than ensuring your loved ones are safe, and a building inspection can assist you with this.

Other potentially costly defects

In addition to the structural elements of the property, our inspectors will also check for a range of other items while on site to ensure there are no hidden surprises after you move into a dwelling.  Some of these include :

  • Leaks to water, stormwater and sewer pipes. Any evidence of leaking pipes and damage to surrounding components is well documented while checking in cupboards, under the house, in the roof space and around the house.
  • Any evidence of roof leaks are documented and possible solutions recommended.
  • Condition of the roof coverings, flashings, gutters, eave linings and fascias is well documented and if any repair work is required.
  • External items are also included such as the condition of any pergolas, decks, outbuildings, sheds etc. And whether these structures are adequate and comply with regulations and standards.

These are just some of the many things we look for when conducting an inspection.  Our inspectors can also offer advice on approximate costs of repairs through our personal one on one discussion with you after the inspection has been concluded.

Opting to not proceed with a Pre-purchase building inspection to save a few hundred dollars can often be the biggest financial mistake of your life, and it is critical that you engage a professional to cast their eye over the property to ensure this does not occur.  If you would like to know more about what we do please visit our website, or you can fill out an enquiry form or make a booking here and one of our inspectors will make contact directly to discuss any questions you might have. Or alternatively please call on 1300 729 352.

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