What is a building and pest inspection report?
A building and pest inspection is a comprehensive assessment of a property conducted by a professional inspector. The purpose of this inspection is to identify any potential structural or pest-related problems with the property that may not be visible to the naked eye.
During a building and pest inspection, the inspector will typically examine both the interior and exterior of the property, including the roof, walls, floors, foundations, and other areas.
They will also look for signs of pest infestations, such as termites, rodents, or other insects.
After the inspection is complete, the inspector will provide a report that details any issues found during the inspection. This report will typically include photos and a detailed description of each problem, as well as recommendations for repairs or further inspections. The inspector will usually also provide an estimate of the cost of repairing the faults uncovered.
It is also worth noting that a building and pest inspection report will often list quite an extensive list of problems, sometimes even for newly constructed dwellings. Many of our clients are initially shocked when receiving a report, especially one for an older property. Upon examination, the problems identified are usually typical for a property of that age. So any issues need to be put into context and an assessment made about how the property compares to similar other properties.
Why you need a building and pest inspection
Getting a building and pest inspection report before buying a property is important for a number of reasons.
A building and pest report will identify potential problems:
A building and pest inspection report can identify any structural or pest-related problems with the property that may not be visible to the naked eye. This can include issues such as cracks in walls, leaks in the roof, termite damage, or other issues that could be costly to repair.
It may help negotiate a reduced price:
If the inspection report reveals any issues with the property, you may be able to use this information to negotiate a lower price with the seller. This can help you avoid overpaying for a property that has significant problems.
It will help plan for future repairs:
Even if the inspection report doesn’t reveal any major issues, it can still give you an idea of any potential repairs or maintenance that may be needed in the future. This can help you budget for these costs and plan for any necessary repairs down the line.
It gives peace of mind:
Finally, getting a building and pest inspection report can give you peace of mind that you’re making an informed decision when buying a property. It can help you avoid any nasty surprises after you’ve already bought the property and moved in.
How much does a building and pest inspection cost?
A building and pest inspection varies in cost depending on the property to be inspected. Most reputable companies will provide an inspection starting at around $500. The cost is related to the size and inspection complexity so the cost may increase from here.