The Best Time For Building and Pest Inspections
I recently spoke to a customer who wasn’t sure about the building inspection process and when they are required. I have put together this article to give people a better understanding about what they are and when they are necessary.
Australia’s legislation lays great emphasis on building and pest inspections before and during occupation. It is wise to have your building surveyed for pests and loopholes in its structure as an assurance of your safety.
For those who this is a new concept, here is some insight into what building and pest inspection is about;
The definition of a Building Inspection
I found some definitions of a building inspection as a report on the state of property at the time when it was conducted. Such inspections are important for all properties their age notwithstanding.
The first stage of inspection begins outside the property where the inspector starts by ensuring that fences and gates are sturdy. They ensures that there are no poisonous plants or large trees very close to the house. Extensions to the property will be checked to make sure they are approved by the authorities and inspectors will also seek to ensure that there are no evidence of pests around the yard.
Inside the building, a thorough sweep is done to investigate the following;
- Mould, cracks or dampness in the walls.
- Leaks or poor drainage will be high on the inspector’s radar.
- They will test all electrical systems to see if they are all in perfect working conditions.
- Inspectors are tasked with the duty of finding any rust on frames and ensure that doors are fully functional.
- Noise levels will be measured and the phone lines inspected to ensure they are working.
Common Pests Found
Termites, Rats, and Ants are the most common culprits in the property sector. They eat away at wood and have the assistance of the elements in damaging the sturdiest structures. They are dangerous in that they can cause serious electrical faults, fire and major leaks that could be fatal if left that way.
When Is The Right Time?
With the knowledge of how experts go about inspection, the next question is when you need building and pest inspection on your property?
As mentioned earlier, this should be done on all properties whether vintage or brand new as pests, mould and technical faults can happen to a house at any time. You need to keep constant tabs on the wear and tear of your property to avoid losses. This is a must do in the real estate business and you cannot avoid it once in a while if you don’t want to deal with extensive damage when it is too late.
Advantages Of A Building Inspection
Here are some reasons why building and pest inspection is an advantage when buying;
- You will become aware of risks upfront so you can avoid major structural issues that are costly to fix. If no major issues are found but there are a few minor problems, a property buyer will have a great edge during price negotiations.
- The building and pest inspection report is not a guide as to whether you should keep the property or not but a way to tell if repairs are needed beforehand.
These reports can be hard to understand and to avoid confusion; investors should discuss the report once it is delivered. It is recommended that people use agents who are well versed in building and pest inspections. The expert will be able to explain anything you ask to ensure that you understand the state of your property. They will also advice on whether to do separate building and pest inspection or to have both done at once.
Some people feel that when done independently, there is little chance of error. Pests can cause rapid damage to a property and if yours is in an area where there are many, you will know which measures to undertake to keep them at bay.
Australia clearly outlines what should be put in a building and pest inspection report in a bid to streamline the process. This is because some property owners may use lenient service providers who leave out major issues which are most likely to result in serious damage. Inspection is a due diligence process that must be properly coordinated to ensure the safety of all people involved. You can have a combined building and pest inspection report annually as an inexpensive way to safeguard your property.
Hire a professional building inspector to do the job without bias and get a comprehensive report that is only beneficial to you.
I hope this helps you understand the building and pest inspection process and why it is important.
Thanks for reading!