Top 4 tips for getting the most out of your building and pest inspection

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So, you’ve found your dream place online. You’ve arrived for an inspection on a Saturday morning and fallen even more in love with the property.

Now it’s time to get some facts about the property’s history to make sure everything is all in order. In this blog, we’ll focus on building and pest inspection. Read on to make sure you’re have checked everything off that will be included in the inspection so that you don’t get caught out with any nasty surprises.

1.Find the right provider

This is an important first step in getting your inspection done properly. Do your research and make sure you’re going with a reputable provider.

Hint: you’re going to be spending a lot of money on a property - so don’t get caught up in the cost of the inspection, within reason, of course.

2. What to look for

Depending on factors like the thoroughness of the inspection and the age of the property, different potential issues may be arise. Some common examples include structural damage, issues with the property’s plumbing or water damage. Sound daunting? Don’t worry - you don’t need to be a property expert, because as long as you get step 1 right, the inspector will walk you through the report. Don’t get caught up with minor issues, as these are largely the result of normal wear and tear.

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3. Pest inspection

The pest inspection may be a smaller part of the process, but make sure to let your inspection know you expect a thorough report. Don’t think it’s trivial or irrelevant - it isn’t.

Pests, apart from being very annoying and, frankly, pretty icky, can cause damage to your property that will cost you money over the long term. The bill to have a termite treatment carried out, for example, can be quite hefty. Ensure you are familiar with this part of the report or you’re risking some sizeable headaches down the track.

4. Attend the inspection and alert the inspector to any specific queries

If you’ve identified anything you want the inspector to pay particularly close attention to, make sure you let them know. Most reputable inspectors will be happy to accommodate requests. Also, if you want to get even more insight, go along to the inspection yourself. The benefits here are you can do another eye test, as well as converse with the inspector in real-time about anything particularly concerning.

So, hopefully you’re now across what a building and pest inspection is and why it’s an important part of the home buying process. Ensure you choose a reputable provider and follow the other advice in this blog and you’ll be well on the way to making your property dreams come true.

Don’t forget, if you’ve got any more questions about the building and pest inspection report, or anything else along the home buying journey, don’t hesitate to contact BFG any time and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: The information provided is general in nature and does not constitute financial advice. Please speak to us for recommendations on your individual circumstances and requirements.

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