Pest and Building Inspection: Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about pest and building inspections
In Queensland, a building and pest inspection is often included as a clause in the contract of sale. Yet, many have never heard of a building and pest inspection prior to buying their first property. This understandably leads to many people having questions about getting a building and pest inspection.
Why is getting a pest and building inspection important?
Getting a pre-purchase inspection before buying a home is crucial for three reasons. First, it guarantees that you are making an informed decision. Second, it gives you peace of mind about the condition of the property. Thirdly, it helps to avoid expensive repairs for defects that may have gone undiscovered otherwise.
By being aware of the property’s current condition prior to purchase, you can decide whether to move forward with the purchase or exit the contract.
What is a building and pest inspection?
A building and pest inspection is a comprehensive inspection of a property to identify any building defects, both major and minor. It looks for safety hazards and other issues that may effect the livability of the property. It also checks for timber pests, such as termites, that may be present on the property.
During the inspection, a thermal imaging camera and moisture meter are also used throughout the property. These tools help to check for anomalies that may not be visible to the human eye such as areas of high moisture or unusual heat patterns.
How long does a pest and building inspection take?
The duration of a the inspection depends on the size and complexity of the property. Generally, it takes around 1-2 hours for a thorough inspection of a standard-sized property.
Who conducts the inspection?
A building and pest inspection is usually conducted by a licensed building and pest inspector who has the necessary skills and qualifications to assess a property's condition. It is generally organised by the buyer or real estate agent.
At Dedant, we can contact a third party on your behalf, such as the selling agent, to coordinate access to the property. This is particularly helpful when tenants are involved.
What's included in the building and pest report?
A building and pest report contains a detailed assessment of the property's condition, including any building defects or potential issues with timber pests. It includes recommendations for rectification works or repairs, if required.
The building and pest report also includes coloured photos of the defects so you can see what the inspector is referring to.
How much does a pest and building inspection cost?
The cost of a building and pest inspection depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the property.
Generally, it can range from a $450 and $800 depending on the size. For most standard sized properties, it’s likely to be between $450 and $550.
There can be additional costs if there is a granny flat, studio, extra living areas, or if the property is located on an island.
What happens if issues are found during the inspection?
If issues are identified during a building and pest inspection, you can negotiate with the seller to rectify the issues or reduce the sale price to reflect the cost of repairs.
In some cases, you may decide not to proceed with the purchase. This may be the case if the repairs are beyond your capability or budget to repair.
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