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A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Protects the Buyer

Buying a home is the biggest investment that most people will make in their lives. As such, you should protect yourself with a pre-purchase building and pest inspection.

If you are the buyer it is always preferable to get a professional in to conduct a building inspection, combined with a pest inspection.

The risks involved

The average home in Queensland costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, at a minimum.

Australian Consumer Law says that you have the right to ask for a refund, replacement or repair for any good or service that is less than $40,000 and bought for personal use.

However, most properties in Australia cost much more than $40,000.

As such, if you buy a home that is defective, you are unfortunately stuck with it.

This can cost thousands of dollars in repair, put your health and safety at risk and ruin your dream home.

This is the idea of “buyer beware”.

Do not rely on vendors or real estate agents

Vendors and real estate agents both want to sell you a home for the best possible price.

The vendor is the one selling the home to you, so they want to make good money on the sale.

Similarly, a real estate agent receives a commission on the sale of a home for their involvement in the sale. This means they get paid a percentage of the price of the sale.

Both vendors and agents will do all they can to extenuate the good aspects of a house and minimise or hide all the negatives.

They can go so far as to have basic patch-up construction work done to hide major issues from you.

Not everyone you met will be honest, so it is important for you to get your own verification.

The importance of a pre-purchase building inspection

Getting a building inspection should be an absolute necessity.

This is because that there might be faults as a result of dodgy construction work.

Dodgy construction work can occur in new houses or in sections of a home that have been renovated.

This dodgy work manifests can become either a major and minor issue.

Minor defects are not immediately an issue and may just be something to keep an eye on. They may not pose a risk to your health, but they may devalue the house or be unappealing.

Minor defects include hairline cracks in the concrete slab, impact damage on walls, deteriorated bindings of gate components and a small amount of fungal decay.

However, major defects demand immediate attention.

Major defects include loose or missing handrails, trip hazards such as uneven or lifted tiles, severe cracks and leaning fences that verge on collapse.

Such defects pose a risk to your home, health and safety.

By getting an inspection, you are having these issues properly identified before you finalise the purchase and move into the property.

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The importance of a pre-purchase pest inspection

The other threat to look out for when purchasing a home is the existence of a pest infestation.

Termites are an especially damaging pest that are hard to spot. This is because termites eat through the wood of your home.

This allows them to enter the inside of your home totally undetected, eating away at the wooden frames and wooden fixtures.

If left unchecked they can do thousands of dollars in damage or make your new home unlivable.

Given their ability to move through wood as they eat at it, they are not easy to spot.

It takes training and equipment, such as a thermal camera and radar sensor, to find them.

As such, getting a pre-purchase pest inspection is essential. The last thing you want is to find a massive termite infestation in your home, months or years later.

Combining the two types of inspections

Given the danger that pests and building defects pose to your home, you will want a comprehensive inspection.

Thankfully, many businesses offer buyers a pre-purchase building and pest inspection.

This takes care of both issues and presents the findings in an easy-to-read report.

With this report, you will have the relevant information you need to move forward and make the right decision.

What do to after the inspection

Once you have received your report, you have several options available to you.

Firstly, you can request the vendor have the defects fixed up.

Alternately, you have the option of using the list of defects to negotiate the price down lower.

Finally, if the issues are too severe and an agreement cannot be reached, you can simply not purchase the home and walk away from negotiations.

For a Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection you can trust, contact Dedant today.

Contact us via our website, Facebook page or call us on 07 3807 0122.

5 replies
  1. Taylor Hicken
    Taylor Hicken says:

    I appreciated it when you shared that it is crucial to get a building inspection to determine if there might be faults as a result of dodgy construction work. In this way, it helps to protect buyers from acquiring lousy work done by the construction company. I would like to think if a company plans to buy a building, it should consider hiring a reliable service that can provide an inspection.

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  2. John Carston
    John Carston says:

    I like how you mentioned that it is important to have a home inspection to know if the old house has faults in its construction. My uncle mentioned to me last night that he is planning to sell their home and asked me if I have any idea what is the best option to do as he wants it to have a property inspection first. Thanks to this informative article and I’ll be sure to tell him that he can consult a pre-purchase home inspections service as they can answer all his inquiries.

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    • Admin
      Admin says:

      Thanks for your comment John! Definitely, our services will be helpful to your uncle in understanding the current condition of his property. This will help him to rectify any issues prior to putting the property up for sale and will also help them to set a selling price. We’re really happy our blog was helpful to you.

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  3. John Carston
    John Carston says:

    I like how you mentioned that it is important to have an inspection to know major or minor needs. My uncle mentioned to me last night that he is planning to sell their home and asked me if I have any idea what is the best option to do as he wants it to have a property inspection first. Thanks to this informative article and I’ll be sure to tell him that he can consult a pre-purchase home inspections service as they can answer all his inquiries.

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