How do we arrange access to the property to get a building and pest inspection?
We organise an appointment for the building and pest inspection directly through the real estate agent.
The house inspection is extremely urgent, when can I get the inspection done?
If the building and pest inspection is urgent then we will endeavor to complete it within 1 – 2 days. You’ll then receive your written report within 24 hours. Additionally, at your request we can provide a verbal report to you directly after the inspection has taken place, ensuring that if you need to act quickly, you can do so.
I’m looking to buy a house in Melbourne. I’ve been to 10 auctions and missed out on 5 different properties so far. How can I justify spending money on so many different inspections?
The price of property is continually fluctuating – with the median price around $1million, spending this type of money on a house is quite common in Melbourne these days. If your recent purchase has a serious structural problem or has been eaten out by termites, the cost to rectify can be well over $100,000. Ensuring that the property is structurally sound or has termite damage before you buy is a smart investment.
I have a friend who is a builder, is it wise to ask him to do the building inspection?
No. While your friend may cost less, he or she may not know a lot about the construction of the particular building, and will not necessarily have the appropriate insurance to perform a pre-purchase house inspection, or a consistent inspection process. If a problem arises on the property later, it will be both the house and the friendship that will need fixing.
What happens if you miss something as part of the house inspection?
Our inspections are thorough to identify problems, or potential risks with your property. Be aware though, there is always some risk, as the inspection can only cover readily accessible and observable areas.
Can I be onsite when the building inspection is taking place?
Absolutely and we encourage it. Once the inspection is completed, we can walk through the key items and discuss the particular concerns you might have. Once you receive the report, we make ourselves available to clarify further as needed.
Do I need a pest inspection on a property that has been constructed with bricks and a concrete slab?
Yes. Even if the house has been constructed on a concrete slab you require a pest inspection. If the external cladding is brickwork there will most probably be a timber frame underneath, which termites love. Termites only require a 1.7mm gap in the slab or around pipe work penetrations to gain access internally.