A building and pest inspection is a great way to protect yourself (and your bank account) when purchasing a new home. Always engage a qualified professional to inspect the property and provide a detailed written report with photos of each defect. Depending on your situation, this may give you the power to decide if the issues can be fixed within your budget or you’d prefer to withdraw from the contract or not bid above a set budget at auction.
When should you organise a building and pest inspection?
Also known as a pre-purchase inspection, a building and pest inspection is generally carried out after the seller accepts your offer and you’ve signed the contract. Under auction conditions, the building and pest inspection needs to be carried out before the auction takes place because buying at auction is unconditional.
The cooling off period for contracts is three days commencing the next business day after the contract has been signed by you. That’s right, the cooling off is not determined by when the seller signs. For this reason, it’s important to book your inspection as soon as your offer is accepted. Here are 5 reasons to book a building and pest inspection.
What happens during a building and pest inspection?
During a building and pest inspection the inspector will visually assess the condition of all reasonably accessible building elements of the property you are buying, to identify damage or defects, which as classified in the report as either major defects, minor defects or safety hazards.
Major defects are generally existing structural defects such as subsidence causing significant cracking or movement evidenced by uneven floors or high moisture in wall cavities caused by plumbing leaks or termite damage.
How to choose a reliable building and pest inspector
When hiring a building and pest inspector, if you have signed a contract of sale you need to engage a registered building practitioner to meet the terms of your contract.
21.2 The purchaser may end this contract within 14 days from the day of sale if the purchaser:
(a) obtains a written report from a registered building practitioner or architect which discloses a current defect in a structure on the land and designates it as a major building defect.
5 tips to help you choose a reliable building and pest inspector:
Ask to see a sample report
We recommend you ask to see a sample report before you engage the services of a building and pest inspector.
Many people aren’t aware that there is no such thing as a ‘standard’ report. That’s why it’s important to be vigilant. It’s common for some inspectors to only provide a 4-page report that fails to categorize major and minor defects. Again, if you are under contract you need a major defect to terminate the contract or try to renegotiate the final sale price.
In-depth building and pest reports
At Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne we provide all our clients with a detailed report that identifies the important issues affecting the property, classifying all defects, from minor issues like leaking taps, to more serious issues such as major structural damage or pest infestation.
If you have any questions about the report our inspectors are always available to help. We will carry out your building and pest inspection in Melbourne within your time frame and provide a fast report.
Take a look at a sample report from Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne. Building inspectors need to meet Australian Standards 4349.1 and pest inspection needs to meet Australian Standards 4349.3.
Check the inspector’s qualifications
If you are under contract, it’s important to engage the services of a registered building practitioner. How do you know they are registered? Ask the inspector to provide their licence number. At Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne we exist to help home buyers. We guarantee all inspectors are fully insured and if you are under contract, we will also send a registered building practitioner to assist you under the terms of your contract.
Find out what areas of the property will be inspected
Every building and pest inspector operates differently, therefore what they inspect may differ as well. Before you hire a building and pest inspector in Melbourne you should ask what areas of the property the inspector will check.
At Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne we carry out a comprehensive inspection of:
- wet areas
- electrical checks
- plumbing checks
- roof exterior
- masonry walls
- laundry and kitchen
- roof space/voids
- subfloor/underfloor space.
Get a quote – but remember, cheaper isn’t always better
While one inspector may be cheaper than another, their report may not be as comprehensive and if you are under contract also your first question should be, “Are you a registered building practitioner?”. You can also look up their licence number on public databases. Buying a property is a big investment, so it doesn’t pay to cut corners with your building and pest inspection.
Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne pricing:
- $450* + gst for pre-auction building and pest inspection.
- $500* + gst for pre-purchase building and pest inspection.
*Up to 4 bedrooms. $90 + gst travel charge may apply to suburbs more than 50km from the CBD.
Read the reviews
Sometimes the best way to judge the quality of a business is by reading their online reviews. Reviews give you a personal insight into the service that the building and pest inspector provides and the previous customer’s level of satisfaction.
At Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne our reviews speak for themselves. We have a long list of 5-star reviews given by our happy customers. Take a look!
If you think you’d like Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne to help protect your investment, contact us online today or call us on 0408 666 539.