Stop seeing your building and pest inspection as a necessary evil. Smart investors know it’s the most important negotiation tool in the buying process. Here’s how one of our savvy property investors used our report to save a startling $45K on their new property.
Renegotiation hinges solely on report quality
Your building and pest inspection report is the only document that can bring sellers back to the negotiation table. Problems on the report mean you can reopen negotiations. Even if you only suspect a problem with the property, it pays to invest in a class leading inspector. A thorough report by an industry leading inspector makes real estate agents nervous, very nervous. A ‘half hearted’ inspection report is easy to dispute and will rob you of the upper hand in negotiations.
If you don’t believe us, ask your lawyer
Ask your lawyer what a difference credible evidence makes in negotiations. When your lawyer goes into battle for you, equip them with the HARD evidence they need. Arm them with the documentation they need to tank the purchase price and see you coming out way ahead.
It’s not just about protecting you from a lemon property
Of course, your pre-purchase inspection should give you peace of mind but savvy investors know it can give you so much more. If your report shows problems, your building inspector is a key player in your investment team and the stakes are high. Why wouldn’t you hire a pro?
Change the way you see things and see more profit on your property
|The Novice Mindset||The Pro Investor Mindset|
|“A building inspection is just part of the process.”||“The building inspection is the key to purchase negotiations.”|
|“All building inspectors have the same qualifications.”||“The mark of a good building inspector is finding ALL the problems, not just the obvious ones.”|
|“The negotiation finished when we signed the offer paperwork.”||“The negotiation starts when the pre-purchase inspection report comes in.”|
|“We’ve negotiated as far as we can, the seller will NEVER reduce the price now.”||“If the seller won’t reduce the price further based on new information, I need ALL the facts before I hand over my cash.”|
|“I don’t want the bank to see too many problems on the building and pest. Our finance might fail.”||“I want to know the FULL cost of bringing this house up to my standards. Otherwise, I’ll be trapped in a huge mortgage for the next 30 years.”|
It doesn’t matter, the real estate agent just won’t budge
Yep, there are some real estate sharks out there. They hate us because we equip our buyers to be aware and arm them for negotiation. The good news is, when it’s time to renegotiate, it’s the lawyers, not the real estate sharks that take over. If there’s a problem with your report, you have the right to renegotiate.
Pro Inspector + Pro Lawyer = Winning Property Investment Team
And if the seller still won’t budge? It happens. Not all sellers are pros. Now you have ALL the information, are you still willing to dive into this property? At least you know before you buy.
How our client saved $45K on the purchase price of his new home (and you could too)
“We recently had a client who was presented with a building inspection report organised by the vendor. The agent thought the deal was done and dusted as my client said they were happy to proceed based on the report they were handed. Luckily common sense kicked in when they thought the report sounded too glowing and was quite vague.
The differences in our inspection report were staggering. Our report showed up substantial structural corrosion to the supporting steel posts, some of which were built into the external perimeter walls. The vendor’s building inspection report failed to mention the steel posts at all and also failed to make mention of substantial water flow occurring under and around the house during rain periods that contributed to the post corrosion. Our report also uncovered the lack of building approval for the crudely built rear veranda and previous termite damage to the carport, none of which was mentioned in the vendor’s building inspection report.
Armed with our building report our client renegotiated a further $45,000 off the asking price to contribute towards rectification works. Had our client relied upon the vendor’s free report, they would have been over $50,000 worse off before they even moved in.”