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Building and Pest Inspections – The Top 5 Reasons You Need Them

Top 5 Reasons You Need Building and Pest Inspections

When you are purchasing a home or property, there is every chance that it is one of the largest investments you will ever make. You’re going to want to know then that it is not only structurally sound and safe, but free of any minute invaders that may have made a cozy home within the walls. Before you commit to buying, invest some money into a building and pest inspection. If you are not totally convinced, here are 5 of the top reasons for building and pest inspections.

1. Conditional purchase

A professional building and pest inspector will visit a property, identify all of the critical issues of a home and provide you with a detailed report about its condition. You’ll be able to use these findings to help you make an informed decision about whether to go ahead with the purchase. Not only will issues be reported but also costs involved to repair problems and, depending on the severity of findings, you could use this to walk away from a sale. A small pre-purchase outlay could potentially save you a lot of money in the long run.

2. Illegal alterations

The reasons for building and pest inspections may not be immediately obvious. There are times when homeowners illegally construct additions onto a home without even knowing it. Whether it is an extra room, a garage or a shed, these constructions may not have had appropriate council or building approvals.

A building inspection will uncover such extensions and provide you with the truth before you encounter issues with insurance or, worse still, find that they affect the value of your property. In some cases too, you may be forced to demolish the construction or spend a hefty sum having it certified.

3. Safety and structure

No one wants to purchase a home and find out later that it is not structurally sound. A building inspection will be able to identify defects and major issues of concern, which could very well save your life.

4. Unwanted visitors

Pest inspections are a must when looking to purchase a property. Common pests and termites can secretly be living within walls and be comfortably nestled in the foundations without anyone knowing. The damage that pests can do can be catastrophic. An inspection will not only be able to identify if pests have invaded the home but also establish the right treatment program for your specific infestation.

5. Repairs or renovations

Sometimes you have your eye on a home knowing full well that it needs a little attention and you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and get on with the job. This is an opportune time to organise a building and pest inspection because you will be better able to gauge the repairs needed and be able to budget for them. Nothing will be a surprise and everything from a leaking pipe to wiring problems will be reported and recorded for your reference.

Be prepared and opt for a pre-purchase building and pest inspection even if the home of your dreams looks like it is brand new and in perfect condition.

Ultimately, the reasons for building and pest inspections relate to minimising your risk on such a significant investment.

Contact Action Building Inspections with any questions regarding building and pest inspections.


About Andrew

Andrew Mackintosh has been answering home inspection questions in the greater Brisbane area since 1995. He has personally carried out over 20,000 building inspections and is a licensed builder and licensed building inspector, Member of Queensland Master Builders Association & Institute of Building Consultants. Being the business owner and the inspector, Andrew is passionate about providing clients with excellent customer service, value for money, honest, unbiased, thorough inspection and reporting in a professional and timely manner to allow clients to make informed decisions when purchasing property.