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The perils of relying on a pest and building report from a real estate agent

When you’re buying a new property, it’s important to get a Pre – Purchase Building and Pest Inspection carried out. This will give you a clear understanding of the condition of the property, and whether any pest problems existing throughout the property.

It’s tempting to take the building and pest report from the real estate agent, but don’t be fooled – these reports can often be biased and inaccurate. The best way to get a reliable building & pest report is to use an independent company. Always do your due diligence and check your report carefully, or you could find yourself in a lot of trouble down the track!

Why a professional building and pest inspection matters

If you’re in the market for a new property, it’s critical to get a building & pest report from a professional. Relying on real estate agents to provide these reports can be a huge mistake.

Here are four reasons why you should never rely on building and pest reports from real estate agents:

  1. A real estate’s pre-sale building & pest report may not be accurate or up-to-date: There is every chance the building & pest report was written some time ago, especially if the property has been on the market for quite a while, please be aware that pest inspection reports are only valid for 30 days. If you take the building & pest report provided by the real estate agent at face value, you run the risk that the property has incurred new damage since its last inspection.
  • The real estate agent’s chosen building & pest inspector may not have the necessary expertise to identify all pests or damage: Before you book a building & pest inspection, you need to do your due diligence and make sure the person performing the inspection has the appropriate QBCC licenses, Insurance has good reviews and a good reputation.
  • The real estate’s chosen building and pest company may not be licensed or have enough experience to provide either a building or pest inspection: Again, you want to do your own checks before you trust the building & pest report issued by an inspector. If they are not licensed to perform a building & pest inspection, then you may end up buying a home riddled with problems.
  • The real estate agent’s chosen inspector / company may have a conflict of interest: If the real estate agent has rapport with the inspector, they may earn commission from sales transactions. This is considered a conflict of interest and may cloud their judgement when performing the building & pest inspection.

If you’re looking for a building & pest inspection, it’s important to find a reputable company that can provide an accurate and up-to-date report. Don’t rely on real estate agents or middleman companies – they may not have your best interests at heart, after all they are commissioned by the vender not the buyer. Do your research and choose the right company that will give you peace of mind.

Are you ready to book a building & pest inspection in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast?

Fully licensed and highly regarded with over 420 5-star Google reviews, when you need a building & pest inspection, give Auspect Building and Pest Consultants a call at (07) 56 68 2279. View their entire service range online.

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