Are you considering purchasing a new home? If you are, you should also consider hiring your building inspector Brisbane to do a thorough and complete pre-purchase inspection. You see, investing in a home requires millions of dollars. It doesn’t come cheap. It’s not like a handbag that you can buy for a hundred or a thousand dollars. We are talking millions here and with that massive amount of money, you know that it is going to be a big commitment on your part.
This is the reason why it is essential that you take the necessary steps to ensure that your investment is protected. If you fail to hire these professionals to do their job, you are putting yourself at risk of spending unnecessary money over unpredicted expenses.
Hiring a building inspector has to be included in your budget. Do you know why? Even if you have a keen eye for detail, if you are not an expert in this field, it is highly possible that you could be miss structural defects in your new home. And do you know what this means? It means you’ll be forced to spend money over repairs when this could have been dealt with by the previous owners had you hired a building inspector to evaluate and check the house before purchasing it.
What is the whole point of a pre-purchase property assessment?
A pre-purchase property assessment aims to help you see any possible dangers and damages of the property you are about to buy. There are some cases where sellers fail to disclose existing problems. It is therefore the job of a building inspector to show you what the homeowner or broker has failed to reveal. Just think about it, it is very rare for a builder to hide damage in order to make a sale, which is why it is very helpful that you hire a dependable and trustworthy inspector.
What are the qualities you should look for in a building inspector?
You have to know that there are a million building inspectors out there and finding the best one is not an easy task. As a matter of fact, it can be a daunting and draining experience. But when it comes to investing in your home, it is always worth your time and energy.
The following are some of the traits you should look for when hiring a building inspector.
- The first thing you need to make sure is to ask them if they are qualified building inspectors. Although it’s pretty obvious, in South Australia, no formal qualifications are needed to do a building inspection. In other words, anyone can call themselves professional building inspectors. If you want to make sure that the building inspector you are talking to is someone who knows the trade, ask them questions about their experience in the industry and if they are licensed builder.
It is important that they are licensed builders themselves because it means they are well versed when it comes to home construction. It is worth noting that licensed builders are given a specific license number so if they can provide you with a license number, you’ll know that he or she is qualified to inspect a property.
- Are they the type of expert you are looking for? You have to understand that every inspection is unique and often times these inspections require specific skill sets. Take for instance, a building and pest inspection. If you want to know if a property has pests you will need an inspector who specialises in pest tracking and evaluation. Or if you want to know if a property has existing damages you will need a pre-purchase building inspector for that.
- Do they offer a thorough and complete building inspection? This will have to depend on the size of the property but more or less, a pre-purchase building inspection could last you a total of thirty to a little over an hour. But as a rule, your building inspector has to check for moulds, leaks, cracks, rusting, structural integrity of verandas and gates, telltale signs of pest infestation, electrical faults etc.
Apart from these qualities, it would help you a lot if you ask for referrals and recommendations. But it doesn’t end there; you should also do your own research to ensure that your investment money will not go to waste.