This will sound obvious but the role of a building inspector is to check a home for any defects, issues or problems that are not immediately obvious. Building inspectors have greater knowledge than the average person, and therefore, they know what to look for, and know if a home is likely to be a good investment, or if it has issues that would need to be addressed prior to purchase.
Inspection of a new house will most likely produce better results so be prepared if you are looking at an older house you are more likely to find damage and wear you otherwise wouldn’t in a newer property.
If you don’t hire a building inspector to run a report, then you may find that you have no recourse if something goes wrong with the property and that you still must proceed with the purchase.
A building inspector helps you because you will know the true condition of the property, not just the condition that has been put forward for the purposes of selling a property.
Most sales consultants will only highlight the benefits and advantages to buying a particular property and will ignore any issues. You will be better prepared if you enlist the services of a building inspector.
You will be able to budget for post purchase expenses if anything needs repairing or replacing, and that will give you the option to consider whether you still want to proceed with the sale.
If the repairs are going to cost several thousand dollars then you can choose not to make an offer, or if you’re still going to put an offer in on the property you can choose to offer less than if the home had no issues.
That said, it is very rare that a home will be perfect and that you won’t want to renovate or make post purchases changes.
As a seller in Melbourne you may want to get a new building inspection done in your property prior to listing as well. This will create a more transparent process and you will build trust with buyers if you are open and honest about defects with the property.
It will also give you the option to fix the problems prior to listing the property which will enable you to sell your house for a higher price than if you were to sell with defects. Finder.com.au reveals that you can command a higher price for every renovation that you undertake on your property, so it’s in your best interest to get a property inspection completed prior to selling.
There would be nothing worse than listing the property and then discovering that it’s uninhabitable according to the legal standards or that it has huge issues like termites. It’s best to contact a building inspector and get a full building report.