When you're buying a property, it can be quite easy to fall victim to believing a property is new or structurally sound simply because it has been given a fresh coat of paint or new carpet.
And while a property might seem fresh and new, there could be issues (like mould and white ants) hiding behind the cosmetic updates.
If you don't complete the proper pest and building inspections, you will not know what nasty issues lurk just around the corner until you have well and truly moved into the property.
Buying property is a major investment, and as a result, you will want to make sure the property is free from problems, because these may end up costing you significantly down the track.
This is why it's important to always have the appropriate pest and building inspections completed on your desired property before you sign on the dotted line.
A building inspection will examine the structural elements of the property and its systems, such as heating and air-conditioning, plumbing, roof foundations, windows and doors.
The report will identify any major and minor building defects or problems, such as rising damp, cracks, safety hazards or even a damaged roof.
A building inspection will also alert you to any damage caused by house pests, like termites or white ants.
What a building inspection won't tell you however, is whether you have a pest problem.
The only way to find out whether you have a pest issue is to have a professional conduct a proper pest inspection.
A pest inspection will check for the possibility of insect and termite infestations.
By having professionals carry out thorough pest and building inspections of a property, you can have peace of mind about your purchase.
If issues do exist, you can use this information to negotiate a lower price and seek specialist advice on how this will affect the home over time so you can plan any maintenance, repairs or renovations.
You can search for pest and building inspection providers online. While some providers will only offer a pest or building inspection, others will provide both services.
Some real estate agents may have a preferred supplier to go through, so you may be able to get a discount.
In other circumstances, an owner may already have a pest and building inspection done and the successful buyer need only reimburse them.
For pest and building inspections, you should always seek the services of a qualified professional who can ensure the report complies with the Australian Standard and has adequate insurance cover.