When buying or selling a house, a building inspection is often a necessary procedure. For the home buyer, having a good understanding of the condition of a property is crucial to making informed decisions during a real estate transaction.
The process usually involves basic evaluation of a building, inspecting the structure of the building, the roof, cooling and heating systems, the state of plumbing connections, and many more aspects. Its main purpose is to provide you with a full assessment on the state of the property before you make the decision to invest in it.
Once a building inspection is completed by an inspector you will receive a detailed building inspection report on the condition of the property. You can find more details on what to expect in your building inspection report here. This report is useful for evaluating if the structure is in good condition or if it needs repairs. It is also necessary in settling building disputes and for making sure that a building is complying with building codes and regulations.
In this blog we answer FAQ’s about building inspections.
How to Prepare for a Building Inspection?
To ensure a building inspection goes smoothly, it’s important that you unlock and provide full access to the parts of the property the inspector will need to get to.
If it’s for a pre-purchase inspection, the real estate agent will be in charge of ensuring the building inspector has access to the property. If you are the seller and still currently living in the house, you will need to provide this access.
When the inspector visits the property, they will conduct a thorough and honest evaluation. That means that everything they see that’s relevant to the building inspection they are conducting (i.e. structural or termite or combined) they will report on.
Building inspections have considerable impact on whether a property is sold or not, hence you should be fully prepared come the time of the inspection. Being adequately prepared means getting the most out of your money.
How Much Time Does it Take to Complete a Building Inspection?
One of the most common questions we get asked by new home buyers is ‘how long does a building inspection take?’.
Depending on the size of the house and the issues that an inspector might come across, the whole building inspection can take between 90 minutes and two hours, or even longer. As an example, for an average size house (3-4 bedrooms), we allow 90 – 120 minutes on site. The final report is then prepared offsite and if normally available to send 3-4 hours after the site visit.
An effective inspection requires not only the expertise and knowledge of professional building inspectors but also a significant amount of time to thoroughly inspect everything. The inspector will be assessing all major & minor defects, safety hazards and other important information related to the site, exterior, sub floor, interior, roof void space and roof exterior of the property.
Building Inspectors should take their time and do a thorough and accurate job to ensure you get the most accurate information.
When Should I Expect to Receive the Inspection Report?
At SURE, our inspectors are equipped with efficient reporting technology, enabling them to provide you with a highly detailed report the day of your inspection.
We understand that the defects picked up during the inspection may not get resolved prior to you purchasing the property. As a result, you may find yourself in a situation where you have questions about the report, months after the inspection. If you have any questions or queries about the report, we provide free advice for 12 months after the report has been delivered.
When Should I Book in a Building and Pest Inspection?
A building inspection should be completed before purchasing a house to avoid any unwanted surprises once you have moved in.
The pre-purchase inspection should be conducted prior to putting an offer on the house; however, this is not always possible. Alternatively, the buyer can include a building inspection as a condition on their offer to purchase the property. This condition should state:
- Who is responsible for paying for the inspection – usually the buyer
- The completion date
- Any criteria of the inspection (pest, structural)
- What actions are required if defects are found that are different to the declared standards of the property the buyer was told they were buying
It’s important to make this condition as clear as possible, so there are no misunderstandings between the buyer and the seller further down the track. To ensure your contract is fair and covers your needs, we strongly recommend engaging a lawyer for review before signing.
Can I Attend the Building Inspection?
If you are purchasing a new property you do not have to attend the building and pest inspection. However, if you would like to attend you are more than welcome to do so, you will just need to get permission from the selling agent first. The selling agent has the right to refuse you attending.
Why Choose SURE Building & Pest?
Purchasing a property is a significant investment. At SURE Building & Pest, we are experienced and qualified professionals, who conduct detailed and thorough inspections, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. We guarantee that you will be glad you chose SURE Building & Pest to conduct your structural or pest inspection. We bring our experience and expertise to deliver thorough and detailed building and pest inspections to Perth homeowners.
To match our ultra-high standards:
- No chasing of reports – we issue all reports on the same day as the inspection
- Fixed pricing – there are no hidden fees or weekend surcharges, so you know exactly what the price is up-front
- Qualified professionals – All of our inspectors are experienced and insured
- Detailed and thorough inspections – our inspectors have razor sharp attention to detail and can find problems that others will overlook
- We provide detailed reports with all our inspections
Want A More Comprehensive Inspection?
Then choose SURE Building & Pest. At SURE we include the most important aspects of a thorough home inspection. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality property inspection services to Perth homeowners. Call us on 0423 342 362 or click ‘Book now’ in the top right corner and follow the steps.