First Home? Home Inspection For Buyers 101
Ready to break into the property market? Make sure your first step on the property ladder is the right one with a home inspection for buyers.
Buying a home is a big deal and can be a complicated process. Between the paperwork, technical jargon, mortgage brokers and real estate agents, it can be overwhelming and confusing.
One simple step you can take to assist a smooth sale and ensure you’re making a smart investment is book a home inspection for buyers.
What is a home inspection?
What the heck is a home inspection and why do you need one? A home inspection, otherwise known as a pre-purchase building inspection, is the comprehensive examination of a property for sale.
A highly qualified and experienced building inspector will conduct an examination of the home you intend to buy to ascertain its true condition and bring to light any issues. Your building inspector will check hundreds of items in the property to inform their decision.
You can expect the inspector to thoroughly examine all areas of the property including the:
• house interior and wet areas, such as bathrooms, toilets and laundry
• house exterior
• decking, pergola and veranda
• underfloor areas
• roof exterior and interior
Plumbing, drainage and electrical networks will also come under investigation to help give you, the buyer, a full picture of the property.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home is costly enough. Surely you can forget about the home inspection to save money, right? If it looks pretty good to you and the real estate agent says it’s in good nick, then surely it will be okay? Think again.
Failure to invest in a home inspection is one of the biggest mistakes a first home buyer can make. What’s more, it’s a mistake that can be costly and cause unnecessary stress.
Imagine handing over your hard-earned cash for your dream home, only to find out a few months down the track that it’s riddled with termites. What about that brown stain on the wall in the bathroom you thought you could cover up with a lick of paint? That stain could be a tell-tale sign of deeper issues within the property. Don’t get stuck with a lemon that you’ll have to spend thousands of dollars on down the track. The house may look great at face value, but it’s what is hidden below the surface that you need to be aware of.
Investing in a home inspection, or pre-purchase building inspection, will help protect you from making a bad investment.
Only a trained professional can provide you with a reliable report of the condition of the home you wish to buy. A building inspector can give you peace of mind with your intended purchase or give you bargaining power if issues are uncovered.
It’s important to remember when you’re purchasing a property, that the vendor is working for the seller and will, in extreme cases, do anything to sell the home. They may downplay or conceal issues with the home and persuade you against a home inspection.
Remember that a house is the biggest investment you’ll make, and you need to go into it fully informed. A home inspection for buyers is the best way to find out the true condition of a property.
How long does a home inspection take?
Don’t worry, a home inspection for buyers won’t hold up the sale process. A pre-purchase building inspection can take about 90 minutes to two hours, depending on the size of the home and the number of issues that are uncovered during the inspection.
If you book your home inspection with Action Property Inspections, we need just 48 hours’ notice to arrange our visit.
On the same day as the inspection, you will receive a detailed, yet easy to understand, pre-purchase building inspection report. Our reports won’t confuse you with jargon and industry-speak, we’ll simply provide you with the facts you need to know to make an informed decision about the property you intend to buy.
An Action Property Inspections report exceeds Australian standards providing you with comprehensive information to assist your purchasing decision. All pre-purchase building inspection reports include free thermal image scanning, moisture detection analysis and digital photographic reporting.
Not only will the report tell you about the faults uncovered in the property, but will describe the severity of the fault and what is required to fix it.
Action Property Inspections can also organise a qualified pest inspector to carry out an inspection at the same time as the building inspection.
The inspection report is an incredibly valuable piece of information for home buyers because it arms you with bargaining power if issues are uncovered and can save you from making a poor investment.
Can I be there when my home is inspected?
You are more than welcome to attend the home inspection, however it’s not necessary. Your building and pest inspector will not only provide you with a detailed report of the inspection, they will talk you through it to ensure you have a solid understanding of the property’s condition.
Before you book a home inspection
Before you book a home inspection, there are checks you can do yourself to give you an idea of the state of the property and any areas of concern. When you inspect the property look out for:
• Trees that are located too close to the property. Trees can contribute to walls and driveways cracking, and blocked drainage.
• Pools of water close to the house that don’t appear to drain away. Excess water can cause damage to house foundations and result in subsidence.
• Obvious cracks both internally and externally.
• The water pressure. Try using two taps at the same time.
• Water stains on walls and ceilings and any evidence of mould.
• Uneven floorings and any doors or windows that stick.
Do your own research first, but be sure to hire an experienced inspector for a thorough home inspection for buyers before you sign on the dotted line!