Pest and Building Inspections
What is a pest and building inspection?
A building inspection is a report on the current condition of the property. A building inspector will examine all accessible parts of the property both interior and exterior as well as the actual site of the property. A report will be made documenting any possible “deal breakers” like significant structural movement, major water penetration and considerable deterioration in the building elements, etc.
A pest inspection is carried out by a qualified pest inspector, and they will examine the property for evidence of termites, borers, wood decay, fungi and mould. Further to that they will assess for conditions that increase the risk of future pest problems. This will involve the use of specialised tools like moisture meters, motion detectors and thermal imaging cameras in areas of concern.
How important is a pest and building inspection?
While some people see pest and building inspections as a waste of money, there are some very valid reasons why they are a good idea.
- You can enter into purchasing the property fully knowing what the current issues are and what work will be required.
- You can use the information from your pest and building inspections to possibly negotiate a lower price for the property, especially if you’re going to have to repair some of the problems. Or you could request that the vendor rectifies the problem/s prior to settlement. In many cases, the vendor isn’t trying to hide issues from the buyer, they may not even know the problems are there until you bring it to their attention.
- You can get specialist advice about any major problems and how they will affect the property over time.
Buying a home or investment property is likely to be one of the biggest investments most of us will ever make. It makes total sense to have pest and building inspections carried out by the experts, as part of your due diligence when making this significant financial investment. The last thing you want after buying a new home is to discover that it’s going to cost you almost as much again to be able to live in it!
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