Why having a Building and Pest Inspection is so important

Whether you’re purchasing your first home, next home or investment property you need to follow a detailed process in order to make your purchase successful.

One of the steps involved yet often overlooked is having a building and pest inspection completed on the property. This condition should be written into the purchase contract (14 days) and allows you, the buyer, to conduct a Building and Pest Inspection and be happy with the report’s finding. Without it, you may find your purchase has some hidden secrets.

These can be in the form of foundation issues, roof damage or cracks in load bearing walls that creep up not long after the sale. Sadly, by this stage it is too late, and the you may be stuck with expensive repair bills to make things right. By having a building and pest inspection completed on the property you are about to purchase, you can have the inside knowledge on any major problems. This way, you aren’t buying any hidden headaches.

Property Inspection Checklist

Look beneath the kitchen sink for damp patches or water damage.
Inspect bathroom floor and walls for leaks, cracks, or any water damage.
Flush toilets and inspect cistern for leaks.
Turn on bathroom and kitchen taps to check water flow.
Check that there is sufficient storage space.
Check the doors are even by opening and closing them.
Check that there are enough power points.
Look for patches of damp on the walls and ceiling.
Look upwards when inspecting rooms. Signs of roof leakage are apparent in ceilings and hairline cracks may appear.
If light fittings are missing, confirm that the seller intends to replace them before the transfer of the property.
Check that electrical appliances such as a dishwasher, air conditioner and/or heater are in working order and that they will remain in the property after the sale.
Check carpets and floors for stains. If in doubt, ask for some furniture to be moved so you can inspect the carpet underneath.
If keys are missing from doors, cupboards or windows, confirm that replacements will be provided.
Where fixtures appear to be built in, confirm that these will remain in the house after the sale.
Look for telephone, cable television and aerial connections to ensure they are conveniently positioned.
Check the roof for loose or broken tiles.
Confirm that all extensions have council approval.
Come back at a different time of day to check the traffic noise.
Check all outside taps, irrigation systems and water tanks for cracks and leaks.
Check garden beds are lower than the weepholes around the outside of the house.
Check that the gutters have been cleared out and that there are no overhanging trees.
Inspect the swimming pool for cracks and leaks, and ensure that adequate safety precautions are in place.



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