A pre-purchase building inspection is one of the most important reports you can have to hand when buying a property. Keeping a mental building inspection checklist in your head as you visit properties itself is one thing, but what about when thing don’t quite go to plan? What about the legal ramifications of using a building inspector who cuts corners, or only does the bare minimum? What do you need to consider when choosing the right building inspector for your next property acquisition? These simple tips will keep you on track to choosing a building and pest inspector who will get the job done thoroughly and correctly.
Always read the contract
We know this one sounds completely obvious, but don’t skim over contracts. They are a legally binding document, so if you are going to put your signature on it, read it first. You should always know what you’re signing on for, and this includes reading the terms and conditions. Ensure you understand all of the terms and conditions. If you encounter issues in the future with your property purchase based on information in your building inspection report, you need to ensure you are covered for any legal recourse you need to pursue.
Ask what your building inspection will include
Find out exactly what you’re purchasing and what you will get for your money. Some building inspectors will give you the bare minimum, so don’t be fooled by a budget option. You may find the cheap and cheerful approach excludes something important you wished you’d known before purchasing your property. At Action Property Inspections, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our clients and cover everything from within the roof to on top of the roof, interior and exterior inspections, bathroom and kitchen and underfloor areas just to name a few of the areas covered in detail.
Look for testimonials from previous clients
Referrals are everything when you’re working with someone you aren’t familiar with, and an experienced building inspector should have plenty of testimonials to share. A proper read of their website should include client testimonials if they have them. Genuine testimonials will give specific examples of jobs completed and what they liked about the experience of doing business with them. If your inspector is reputable, the testimonials will reflect their workmanship.
Know who you’re working with
What are the qualifications of the person conducting your building and pest inspection? Do you know how long they’ve been in the industry? Or are you simply getting whoever turns up on the day? You will have peace of mind if the company you’re working with are transparent and can share the level of experience of your inspector so that you know you’re getting a quality report. It is important to remember that your building and pest report could potentially become a legal document in the future should you encounter issues with your property, so knowing that your inspector is experienced and qualified is worth its weight in gold.
Whilst there might not be a standard building inspection checklist, there certainly is a minimum standard your building inspector should be meeting. The good news is that after 25 years in business, Action Property Inspections is well versed in every aspect of building inspection. We make a point of doing far more than the bare minimum, and understand that your building inspection checklist is essential, especially if it is needed for legal proceedings should something go wrong down the track.
For experienced assistance with your next building inspection, contact Andrew and the friendly team at Action Property Inspection.