Getting a pre-purchase building and pest inspection is a vital step when purchasing an existing home. A pre-purchase building and pest inspection is a visual inspection of the property, that reports on major issues, minor issues and termite/borer activity or evidence.
It is recommended that your purchase contract is reliant on your satisfaction with the outcome of your building and pest inspection.
What is a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection?
When you have found the perfect home or investment property, you generally love the location, nearby amenities and the ‘look’ of the property. However, it takes an industry expert to see the full picture. Building inspectors are highly experienced professionals with extensive experience in the construction industry and have further training to become an inspector.
There are two parts to the pre-purchase inspection:
The building inspection looks at structural issues, hazards and maintenance concerns.
The timber pest inspection identifies any evidence of termites and timber borers. The inspector will identify termite damage, as well as conducive conditions for termites.
This inspection is a visual inspection only and inspectors are not permitted to move furniture or any other items in the property. However, there is equipment available to inspectors to give them a better indication of what might be happening behind the walls. This equipment includes a moisture metre, thermal imaging camera and Termatrac motion sensor. The moisture metre can detect high levels of moisture in the walls and other surfaces. Whereas, a thermal imaging camera will identify hot spots behind the walls which could indicate a termite nest. The Termatrac motion sensor gives an indication of any termites moving behind the walls.
A pre-purchase inspection does not include items such as electrical systems or any appliances within the home, plumbing, smoke alarms or swimming pools. For an inspection of these items, you will need to engage the relevant expert. Such as an electrician, plumber or swimming pool inspector.
See more information on exactly what is included in your Dedant Building and Pest Inspection here.
So why are pre-purchase building inspections so important?
The report generated from the pre-purchase inspection will identify any major issues that could be a safety hazard or impact on the livability of the property. Maintenance issues will also be identified. As a buyer, you can then ascertain if the price you are paying for the property is fair given the repairs or maintenance that is recommended to be undertaken.
After the Inspection
After the inspection is concluded, you will receive a report detailing the faults of the house. A skilled inspector will make the report easy to follow and understand. However, if you still have questions or concerns you should contact the inspector as soon as possible.
You may share the report with your legal team for the purchase or get quotes based on the findings of your report. It is advisable to repair or seek further advice on the issues that have been found and are listed as major issues in your report.