Why Buyers and Sellers should get a Building and Pest Inspection

Buying a property is a huge investment and it is important to know that you are making a wise decision. One way to ensure that you are making a smart purchase is to get a building and pest inspection. A building and pest inspection is a detailed look into the condition of a property you are thinking of buying. It covers areas such as structure, plumbing, electrical, insulation and ventilation, as well as any signs of pests or other issues.

The benefits of a building and pest inspection

Building and pest inspections aren’t just for prospective buyers and there are a few reasons why some home sellers are now organising inspections for their own property. Firstly, it can help them identify any potential issues before they put their home on the market and enable them to address any problems before potential buyers view the property. Secondly, by providing the report to prospective buyers it can help to give them peace of mind that the property is in good condition.

The inspection will provide you with a detailed report on the condition of the property and the report can help you make an informed decision on the purchase. It can also alert you to any potential problems that may need to be addressed before you move in. It is important to note that not all building and pest inspections are the same. Some are more comprehensive than others and some may include additional services such as a pool inspection or a radon test.

Some things that aren’t included in standard packages are:

  • Anything hidden behind walls and ceilings
  • Appliance testing
  • Home accessories like alarms, smoke detectors and Atenas
  • Fireplaces, swimming pools and spas
  • The condition of the top of the roof 
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What to look out for

When getting a building and pest inspection, it is important to make sure that the inspector is qualified and experienced. A qualified inspector will be able to spot potential problems and advise you on how to address them. They will also be able to identify any safety concerns, such as mould, asbestos, or lead.

The building and pest inspection will also be an important part of the negotiation process. If the inspection reveals that the property has issues, you may be able to use this information to negotiate a lower price or to get the seller to address the issues before the sale is finalised. Overall, a building and pest inspection is an important part of the purchasing process and can provide you with invaluable information about the condition of the property you are thinking of buying. 

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