Sometimes people can get carried away when they find a property that they love and they won’t get things checked because they’re so in love with the property.
This can cause you to miss things and only focus on the things you love about the home. This is where property inspections are helpful.
They will identify any problems that you may not notice and can offer independent advice, that is unclouded by emotion.
Property inspections are designed to give potential buyers the full picture of the status of their home and let them know of any faults that there may be present
They’ll check all of the windows to identify if they are all working as they should be or if there are issues with the latches. They’ll also check all of the doors.
It may seem obvious but there have been cases reported where people did not check one of their doors, and they later discovered that it couldn’t even be opened
If a door or window doesn’t open correctly that could be a sign of a bigger issue such as “Structural”it may mean that the house requires re leveling or there is a problem with the stumps,bearers and floor joists
A good property inspections inspector will check all of the electrical outlets and the electrical equipment to identify if all power points are working and if all electrical equipment is working
Dampness can cause health and safety issues, especially if the electrical equipment is exposed to areas where moisture can get into the home.
A property inspections inspector will check to see that the plumbing is working and will look at areas that are not accessible to the average buyer
Melbourne is subject to extreme temperatures like the rest of Australia, so if the house has an air conditioning unit, it’s worth checking to see that it’s working correctly .
If it’s not, it could cost you thousands of dollars to fix or replace. When you’re getting your property inspected, the property inspections inspector will check the roof for any cracks between seals and identify if there are any possible leaks that could cause water to leak into the roof space
REAL ESTATE AGENTS
The phone rings “Hi John speaking i was referred to you by my real estate agent”i need a building and pest inspection in Croydon” yes we can do the inspection for you and we can schedule it in for Thursday 4pm
You are welcome to attend but if you cannot then we will give you a call to go over the results of our inspection and we will email you the report the same night.
Are there any concerns that you have regarding the property”
No not really just want a thorough inspection of the property looking for any structural issues as well as any termite damage
Personally i think that any prospective property owner going to a building inspection firm that’s been recommended by the agent is CRAZY ,sheer madness, CONFLICT OF INTEREST??
There are many real estate agents that work with building inspection firms that rely on kickbacks from the building inspector so as they can get favourable reports that will not influence the prospective buyers opinion of the house.
This happens all the time so never ask your real estate agent to recommend you someone as you are asking for trouble
We do not work with agents and never discuss our reports with them as they are not the client ,after my building inspection i will always be asked “how did it go anything of major concern”
I always answer sorry i cannot discuss my findings my client will speak with you once she/he has the report
Once i was abused by the real estate agent saying that he always receives feedback from building inspectors on any concerns and in all his years it was the first time that a building inspector refused to discuss any defects found
I will never refer you to any future buyers” which i replied thank you for your time ,”have a good day”
Any smart agent should never refer a building inspection firm as if the inspection goes wrong in the future then it will come back to the real estate firm for recommending the building inspector
ARE YOU STUPID OR JUST RECKLESS ???
Recently i inspected a property in the eastern suburbs and it seemed reasonable considering the age of the property.
When i inspected the sub floor it was discovered that the timber stumps were so rotten that they needed immediate replacement and in most sections the floor joists were not sitting on the stumps ,was it safety risk -my word it was ???
Now if i had of told the agent what i found and my concerns would he have told all his other interested parties
“NO WAY” so its always good policy for the real estate agent to never ask about the condition of the property and never ask your agent to refer a building inspector NEVER take the risk!