Building Inspection Faults: The Trouble With Finding A Fault
The trouble with finding building inspection faults too late is that they can be very expensive. For many homeowners, making the choice not to organise a pre-purchase building inspection can lead to heartache and significant expenses down the track. Being told by the previous owners that the house is in solid condition, or trusting the real estate agent’s advice, is not going to save you from potentially finding faults.
Relying on a builder friend
When seeking a second opinion on a home you have a keen eye on, there is always a chance you’ll call upon a family friend, or someone who knows someone else who is a DIY builder. The concern is how thorough the pre-purchase inspection actually is going to be.
Relying on an unofficial review of your potential new home to find building inspection faults may not be worth the money saved in the long run.
Be wary of any property inspection report offered to you by the agent or the seller themselves. The report is likely to be biased in favour of the vendor, potentially missing or glossing over significant and costly faults in the property.
The independence of a report is really only guaranteed if it is obtained specifically by and for the buyer.
Watch out for exclusions
Even if you do look to hire a professional, watch out for any exclusions that their review may have. They may be fine print, and can mean they won’t scrutinize under the home or potentially go up into the roof cavity. They may also not consider compliance with building regulations, which can effectively render the inspection as basic as one you might do yourself.
A professional inspection
A building inspector should also be an appropriately qualified person, such as a builder or engineer, who is not only experienced with undertaking inspections but also has experience in actual construction and also has the tools required to perform all the essential tests.
The building inspection company you have contracted must be fully licensed with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and the individual inspector undertaking the inspection must also carry a current QBCC licence. Don’t be afraid to ask to view their license on site.
Ensure that the building inspection company and individual building inspector carry adequate professional indemnity insurance to cover you in the event that the inspector was to make a mistake. It is no longer compulsory for all building inspectors to carry professional indemnity insurance and some inspectors simply obtain an exemption to avoid the insurance premiums. We would advise you to always visually sight the building and pest inspection company’s insurance certificate when on site.
The trouble with finding a fault after you’ve purchased a property is that it can be too late to effectively fix it. If, as a potential homebuyer, you have any concern, then it is probably worth getting an inspection before you commit to a contract. You would never buy a car without a roadworthy so don’t buy a property without an inspection. If you do, you are exposing yourself to the risk of purchasing some seriously hidden faults that could cost you a lot of time and money or, worse still, be a safety issue for you or your family.
Contact Action Property Inspections if you need further information about building inspections. They are only a phone call away.