If you are planning to buy a house, you are probably ticking off things on a to-do list. You want to be very careful and look into every detail of the property before you make the purchase. You want to make sure that your hard-earned money will go into a very good investment.
A building and pest inspection should be on that to-do list of yours, crossed off the list before you continue with the purchase.
What is a Building and Pest Inspection?
It is a comprehensive examination of your prospected property to determine its condition and look out for any structural damage for repair or pest infestation for treatment. It is carried out by an inspector who is licensed by the Queensland Building & Construction Commission.
What Happens during a Building and Pest Inspection?
Every area of the house from the basement to the roof, indoors and outdoors, will be inspected thoroughly. The overall condition of the property will be determined using advanced technologies like digital photography, moisture meters, and thermal imaging.
Any evidence of structural damage and pest infestation are reported and from which, suggestions and recommendations will be given by the inspectors.
How to prepare the house to be inspected?
To maximize your building and pest inspection, you need to ensure that there will be no distractions and that all areas of the house are accessible to the inspectors. Make a request to the property vendor to do the following:
- Ensure that all doors are unlocked so that all rooms can be inspected
- Make an ample space between the wall and all furniture
- Prevent the children from entering the rooms being inspected
- Clear the house of any unnecessary objects
- Keep the dog on leash and away from the house
- Make sure that the garage is accessible, especially the ones with remote controlled doors
- Remove anything that blocks access to the roof void
- Bring down pictures, posters or any decorations from the walls
What aspects of the home are inspected for defects?
Some of the specific activities done by the inspectors inside the house include looking for cracks in the wall, checking the ceilings for signs of mould and water leaks, making sure that the doors and windows are working, finding rusty frames, testing if all power sources are working, analysing the ventilation and, looking for presence of termites and other pests.
Outside the house, some of the things that will be inspected are the condition of gates and fences, presence of large trees that can cause harm to the house, damage on external walls, roof condition, and possible loose electric wires.
Some of the most common defects that are identified during a building inspection are listed here.
Which building inspector should be hired?
When it comes to building and pest inspection, look for experienced and reputable contractors. Remember that the inspection will greatly impact on your decision on whether or not to purchase the house, so be sure to hire only the best.
Jeffrey Hills & Associates is one of the most reputable building and pest inspection companies in Australia. Contact us and make sure you are making well-informed decisions through our comprehensive building and pest inspection reports.