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The Fallout of Waived Building and Pest Inspections Brisbane

Thinking of buying a property but been asked to forgo your building and pest inspection? Brisbane homeowners might want to think twice.

In this article we’ll discuss how your building and pest inspection is one of the most important things you can do when buying a home, why you shouldn’t ignore it, and where to go for reliable assistance from professionals.

The Importance of Building and Pest Inspections Brisbane

When it comes to the building and pest inspection, Brisbane buyers have the legal right to request these services be completed by qualified professionals when they sign on the dotted line. Here we’ll discuss why.

What Your Building Inspector Looks For

There are many things a qualified building inspector may find whilst conducting a thorough building and pest inspection including:

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  • Potential or existing structural damage
  • Roof damage – identifying the need for a new roof or substantial repair
  • Interior damage – wall cracking, sagging ceilings etc.
  • Exterior damage – subsidence, wall cracks etc.
  • Underfloor issues – rusted out steel posts or concrete cancer to stumps etc.
  • Allotment issues – poor drainage etc.


What a Pest Inspector Looks For

Like building inspectors, pest inspectors look at the integrity of your home and conduct:

  • Visual and physical inspections of your home
  • Internal and external inspections searching for signs of termites, borers, and decay
  • Treatment solutions specifically for termites, and could also include mice, cockroaches, silverfish, spiders, and other pests

What This Means for You

All of these (and more) are things that, when left untended, could cost you a ton of time and money. As new homeowners, we know that’s the last thing you want.

Arranging a building and pest inspection on a Brisbane property isn’t about proving your agent or bank wrong. It’s about ensuring you’re making a worthwhile purchase when investing in your dream home, and not wasting your money on a property you’ll regret.

While it is easier for these entities to have you waive these inspections, they may not have good intentions. We do.

What if the Real Estate Agent Refuses a Building Inspection?

If your real estate agent denies your request for a building and pest inspection, Brisbane property buyers should know that this is never a good sign. It may mean that there are issues with the property they don’t want you to uncover, and this dream home is one you should run from.

Brisbane’s real estate squeeze has been felt for several years now – with buyers under to pressure to buy to “avoid missing out”.  We are starting to see distressing stories in the news of buyers suffering after waiving pre-purchase building and pest inspections, having felt pressured to do so by real estate agents.  Resist signing a contract waiving your legal right to building and pest inspections – it could save you thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in the long run.

For a professional building inspection you can rely on, contact Action Property Inspections.

Book online or call us on FREECALL 1800 642 465 for more information.


About Andrew Mackintosh

Andrew Mackintosh has been answering home inspection questions in the greater Brisbane area since 1995. He has personally carried out over 20,000 building inspections and is a licensed builder and licensed building inspector, Member of Queensland Master Builders Association & Institute of Building Consultants. Being the business owner and the inspector, Andrew is passionate about providing clients with excellent customer service, value for money, honest, unbiased, thorough inspection and reporting in a professional and timely manner to allow clients to make informed decisions when purchasing property.

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