How Much Does A Building And Pest Inspection Cost?
Don't get caught out paying too much for an inspection
You've discovered a wonderful home. Your offer was accepted and now you need to complete your due diligence prior to settlement. This means you're probably wondering how much a building and pest inspection costs and why you need one.
The importance of a building and pest inspection
A building and pest inspection is crucial for home buyers because:
- It evaluates the property and its current condition, which helps you make an informed decision
- It enables you to plan ahead for repairs and maintenance
- It gives you more negotiating power if the price needs to be lowered to accommodate repairs
- It provides you with peace of mind knowing the house is in reasonable condition prior to settlement
The following are other reasons why sellers should consider getting a building and pest inspection:
- It offers you the chance to address any issues before prospective buyers view the home and engage their own inspectors
- It can help you establish a reasonable selling price
- It will reveal any hidden problems that may have gone missed
What does the inspection look for?
The building and pest inspection looks for the following:
- Major building defects and safety hazards
- Minor building defects that need repair
- Evidence of termite activity and/or termite damage
- Whether the property’s termite management system is up to date
All accessible areas within 30 meters of the home are checked. Including subfloor, roof void, roof, garage, shed, retaining walls, fences and more. During the pest and building inspection, a thermal imaging camera and moisture meter will also be used.
How much does a pest and building inspection cost?
The cost of a building and pest inspection is dependent on the size, location and condition of the property.
Inspections for apartments and units start from $340 including GST (Feb 2023). Whereas inspections for detached houses with 2+ bedrooms start from $470 including GST (Feb 2023).
If the property has an additional granny flat, extra living spaces or is located on an island, there may be additional costs. This is due to the extra time needed to inspect the additional living space and/or associated travel costs.
Prior to receiving their building inspector's license in Queensland, building inspectors must have a minimum of 5 years of experience as a licensed builder. This ensures that the building inspector has the expertise and experience necessary to know what to look for while inspecting buildings.
At Dedant, we have been servicing the Greater Brisbane region since 2009. Our inspectors are highly experienced and pride themselves on providing excellent service. They know exactly what to look for and will explain their findings in a manner that’s easy to understand.