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What is a building inspection and why should I get one?
A building inspection should form a vital step of purchasing or selling a property. A building inspection should be carried out in this instance with also a pest inspection.
A building inspection must meet the Australian Standard for pre-purchase inspections and ensures that the condition of the property you are purchasing is both safe and structurally sound. A building inspection should be carried out by a licensed builder with expert advice if you are looking at investing a lot of money into a property.
Whats the difference between a Pre-Purchase, Combined or Pre-Sale inspection?
Basically, they are all the same and must be carried out in the same manner. A building inspection can be carried out for the purchaser to identify potential issues that may cost money to rectify or may be a safety issue. These issues are generally classes as major defects. A pre-sale building inspection can also be carried out by the vendor to assist with the sale and to ensure that the property being listed does not have any hidden surprises that may hold up and delay the sale. A combined building and pest is an inspection is both the pest and building inspection carried out by a licensed builder and also a timber pest specialist. More information can be obtained on the NSW Fair Trading website here.
NSW and the importance of a licensed builder.
In NSW the laws, Unfortunately, Do not require a licensed builder to inspect the property you wish to purchase. This is unsettling as anyone can do a 3-day course with hardly any building experience and provide you with advice on the building you are about to invest your life savings into. Inspect – Same Day Property Reports guarantee that all our building inspectors are licensed and qualified builders with years of experience and carry adequate insurances.
It is also important to ensure that when booking a building and pest inspection it is undertaken by a two-man team. A builder who specializes in the building side and also a pest technician who understands termites and has treated them.
Other types of building inspections
Inspect – Same Day Property Reports also provide a range of additional building inspections carried out by our licensed builder. Please contact to discuss further.
- Dilapidation reports
- Handover inspections
- Structural inspections
- Safety inspections
- Asbestos testing and confirmation
- Maintenance forecast inspections.
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