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Why do I need a pre-purchase building inspection?

Buying a new property can be an expensive venture, perhaps one of the biggest investments of your life. So, the thought of extra costs on top is quite often daunting. But we are here to advise you on the necessity of booking in for a pre-purchase inspection before you sign on the dotted line. It just may save you major headaches and loads of money down the track.

What is a pre-purchase building inspection?

A building inspection conducted by a qualified building inspector provides advice to the client about the condition of the property at the time of the inspection. A building inspection checks for evidence of current structural damage and any conditions that may lead to future structural damage.

Can you negotiate after a building inspection?

The answer is yes! Your pre-purchase building inspection report is the only document that can bring sellers back to the negotiation table. Problems with the report mean you can reopen negotiations. Even if you only suspect a problem with the property, it pays to invest in a class-leading building inspector.

How do you negotiate price after a pre-purchase building inspection?

So, you’re building inspection is all wrapped up, you’ve found problems with the report and you want to re-negotiate the price, but you’re unsure how to go about this? The first step is giving the seller clear instructions about what you want them to do. This may involve you engaging further licenced tradespeople to inspect and clarify the extent of works that need to be undertaken. Be prepared to meet these additional costs upfront. You then hand these additional documents over to the seller and the negotiations begin!

What does a pre-purchase building inspection cover?

A good pre-purchase inspection will cover the following and perhaps more.

A thorough check of:

  • The foundation
  • Sub-floor structure
  • Flooring
  • Roof cavities
  • Exterior claddings
  • Exterior joinery
  • Roof
  • Spouting and downpipes
  • Insulation
  • Plumbing and drainage
  • Hot water system
  • Decks
  • Retaining walls
  • Driveway and paths
  • As well as borer detection
  • And moisture detection

Defects often detected during a pre-purchase inspection

The whole idea of a pre-purchase building inspection is to make sure the property you are buying is in good condition. Some defects that may be found during that inspection include:

  • Termites
  • Termite conducive conditions
  • Rust
  • Missing or rusted roof fixings
  • Stairs or balustrades that don’t comply with safety standards
  • Wood rot covered up by paint
  • Missing tempering valves on a hot water system
  • Exposed electrical wires
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking kitchen sinks
  • Cracked roofing tiles

Are you ready to book a pre-purchase building inspection?

Working to a standard, not a clock, the team at Auspect Building and Pest Consultants are the best in the business. Offering a thorough pre-purchase building inspection, no leaf is left unturned in the process. More than just detailed building inspectors, we provide a range of different services to ensure a property meets your standards. Book in for a free quote today when you call (07) 56 68 2279. See what else we can do for you online.