Buying a property? Need building and pest inspections conducted? You’ve do doubt got a bunch of questions you need answering first.
Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions About Building and Pest Inspections
You’re not alone. We’ve compiled a list of the ten most frequently asked questions about building and pest inspections, to help you on your way.
1. My friend is a builder; can’t he do my inspection for me?
Not a good idea. Your friend is no doubt good at what he does. He’s probably well-versed in all things structural, and knows how to spot a pest problem. That said, a building and pest inspection is a completely different ball game. Your builder friend is knowledgeable and will see defects that your naked eye may not. A qualified inspector, however, will undertake an extensive investigation of your property, inside and out. Besides, what happens if a serious problem is identified in your house not long after you’ve moved in? Would you take your builder friend to court, because he didn’t spot the issue? Leave it to the professionals and no one gets hurt, emotionally or financially.
2. What actually happens during building and pest inspections?
A building and pest inspection is a thorough and in-depth investigation of your property. It is designed to establish the true condition of your home or investment property, which is intended for residential use. All areas of your property will be investigated from top to bottom. Building and pest inspections involve going into the roof and under the house. Action Property Inspections use technical equipment such as thermal imaging, moisture metres and colour digital photography. Your property’s structural condition is noted and evidence of pests are identified and reported, so that you know exactly what to expect from your newest property purchase.
3. Can I attend the building and pest inspection and talk to the inspectors on the day?
Yes you can. For safety reasons you can’t go into the roof, and many people don’t want to go under the house (you can if you really want to), but you are welcome to attend the inspection. Your building inspector will be able to answer your questions on the day and discuss observations with you. If you can’t attend on the day, that’s OK. One of our customer services is to personally phone you on the evening of your inspection, to run through the entire report in detail with you. A full report will be emailed to you that very evening.
4. When should I book in a building and pest inspection?
It’s always worth arranging a building and pest inspection when entering into a contract. It’s best to contact your real estate agent to determine when you can arrange an appropriate time and date for your building inspection. When you have your contract in place, your inspection needs to tie in with your settlement requirements.
5. How long does an inspection take?
How long a building and pest inspection takes will depend on the size of your property and condition of the house. It will also depend on access to the roof and under your house. It is likely to take around two hours, for an average sized house.
6. If my contract deadline is near, can I arrange an inspection at short notice?
We are used to last minute building and pest inspection requests and can carry out such inspections at short notice. That said, we’d ask you to contact Action Property Inspections as soon as possible, so we can work around our current bookings.
7. Is a building and pest inspection expensive?
Not as expensive as you think. Considering your home or investment property is likely to be the biggest investment you will make, the cost of a thorough building and pest inspection is minimal. Termite repairs to a fix up a property can be in the tens of thousands. Structural problems can cause huge financial stress, too. The consequences of not getting an inspection done far outweigh any cost concerns of undertaking a thorough building and pest inspection before you buy.
8. Do you provide detailed reports?
Yes. Detailed pest and building inspection reports are a specialty for Action Property Inspections. Our reports are tailored and specific to your property; they are not computer-generated generic surveys, which other inspectors may use. On average, an Action pre-purchase building inspection report will be around 60 pages in length. Although reports are thorough and lengthy, they are easy for you to understand, and you can always ask questions on anything you are unsure of. Reports are emailed to you on the same evening as your inspection.
9. Is your company licenced and are you insured?
Absolutely. Action Property Inspections is a professionally accredited and insured QBCC Master Builder, Licensed Building Inspector and member of Institute of Building Consultants. Any building inspector you choose needs to be licensed with the QBCC (as of 1 January 2001). Ask our inspector to show you his licence when he attends your pest and building inspection; he will gladly do so. You may not realise, but only 50% of the home inspection industry is insured. Rest assured, Action Property Inspections will come to you fully insured, and we are happy to show you our insurance certification.
10. How long have you been in operation?
Action Property Inspections has been in the business for 25 years. In a quarter of a century, we have conducted some 20 000 building inspections to industry standards. Considering our time in the industry, we have earned respect as one the most trusted building inspectors in South East Queensland.
Make the right choice
Make an informed choice when booking building and pest inspections. Don’t go for the cheapest option, don’t call on your mate; call a fully licensed, insured building inspection firm. Remember, your property is the biggest investment you are likely to make in your lifetime. Make sure you know exactly what you’re buying into.
Contact Action Property Inspections on Freecall 1800 642 465, or book your inspection online today