Looking To Purchase A New Home In Brisbane? Key Questions You Must Ask Your Building Inspector
When you are looking to purchase a new home, it is strongly advisable to organise a property inspection before you buy. But would you know what questions to ask your local building inspector in Brisbane before you hire them?
There are many building and pest inspection companies who offer a wide range of services, each with varying degrees of coverage, so making the right choice can be somewhat confusing.
Here are key questions you should ask your building inspector.
What are your qualifications?
A building inspector in Brisbane must be fully licensed and insured. Of course experience is just as essential so that they can find problems that may otherwise remain hidden. It is also important that they follow the required Australian Standard 4349.1 when carrying out the inspection and also when writing the final comprehensive report.
Some companies may only use subcontractors to carry out inspections. Where possible choose a company that will send out someone who is invested in the company eg. an owner, operator or long standing employee etc.
What does your building inspection include?
Before a pre-purchase building inspection is carried out it is essential that you ask the building inspector for a complete list of all areas of the home that will be looked at. This should include areas both inside and outside the property, the roof and even outbuildings.
Whilst it is essential to know exactly what the building inspector will review, it is just as important to know what they will not pay close attention to. The more comprehensive the inspection the better.
Are the findings presented in an easy to understand report?
At the conclusion of the inspection, you should be provided with a comprehensive report that is not only written in easy to understand language but includes recommendations for how to address any problems and time frames to plan future maintenance. When all you want to know are the facts, it is important that you get the information in a straightforward manner so that you know whether to move forward with the purchase, or walk away. Any report you receive should contain a similar level of detail as this sample report.
There are of course many more questions that you should put to a building inspector before you employ them to give a Brisbane property a thorough once-over, including how long it will take and the cost. Don’t forget too that experienced inspectors also come equipped with a range of tools, cameras and thermal imaging equipment, which help them to identify more than what the eye can see.