Building and pest inspections - look before you leap

March 27, 2017
Ali Batten

When you’re buying a property, it can be quite easy to assume that the property you are looking at 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 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.

Building inspections
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.

Pest inspections
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. Mortgage Choice Newtown have a preferred supplier to go through, and offer a discount for our customers. 

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.

Call Suzanne, Owun or Costa in the office on 02 9517 1818, or email to discuss your options. Or, if you feel like dropping in at our office, we are located at Suite 106, Flourmill Studios, 3 Gladstone Street, Newtown 2042. Be sure to share our blog on Facebook and Twitter and let others join the conversation!

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