Not sure what to do about a Building and pest inspection?
New to buying a house? Making an offer on a property? Selling your home?
Well, let’s take you through the process quickly. If there’s too much info here for one sitting, then at least make sure you are familiar with the Basic Steps listed at the top, then come back later if you need the details.
Here are the basic steps you need to take to organise a building & pest inspection
Choosing someone to carry out your inspection is not easy. As much as it is tempting to take the recommendation from the real estate agent or simply picking the first company listed in the Google results, it’s worth considering what is important to you. You should probably consider the following:
You’re probably only concerned with some of these points, but it’s worth choosing the correct inspection company for you at the beginning rather than relying on pt luck
Essentially the correct company for you will identify all the major structural issues with the property before you make a decision to purchase so you can make a well informed decision.
Once you’ve chosen your inspector, give them a call. Whilst it’s tempting to use the online booking systems, the truth is a human to human conversation is always going to get everyone’s needs and concerns communicated more efficiently. Especially at this early stage, and if you are new to buying property, it’s better to give them a call if you haven’t done so already. When you call them you will need to tell them the following information, so try to have it handy:
After you have called up and asked them to organise an inspection, the inspection company will call the vendors agent to organise a time to get access to the property. The agent will have the keys so finding a time is dependent on their availability
After organising a time you will be called back with confirmation and invited to attend.
This is normally where you will be asked to pay as well.
It is normally best to attend your inspection if you can. Not only do you get your own personal time to look at the property again, but you also get to ask the inspector any questions you like. They will be more than happy to explain any issues or concerns you have. Again, face to face is a great way to discuss these issues and it will help you understand the report when you get to read it.
If you can not attend the inspection it is not a problem. The report will contain all the information you need to know, and if you have any concerns or issues when reading it, your inspector should be more than happy to discuss it with you.
These days your report will be emailed to you within hours of the inspection! Most companies guarantee you’ll get it with 24 hours. Look out for an email, and always double-check your junk mail folder. Call them up if you haven’t received it!
You can of course renegotiate. Perhaps the vendor was unaware of the issues too and will agree to reduce the price to compensate for the repairs. This happens more often than you might think.
It is also important not to overreact. The report will list everything! Depending on the age of the property it will always have some issues, if not quite a few. So don’t panic, just call up your inspector and get their opinion on the issues, it will help you make the correct decision
So did you realise there is so much activity and importance to getting a building and pest inspection? As I hope you can see, it is a vital step when purchasing a property.
My job is primarily to make sure you get the best report possible with all the details you need to know. However, it is also to make this process as simple as possible for you. So please allow me to be your inspector and I promise you will be well looked after.