When planning to buy a house, no matter how rational and objective you want your house-hunting experience to be, there’s still no way to completely leave your feelings out the door whenever you inspect a property while knowing that it’s a potential living space for you and your loved ones.
Fortunately, there are tools and processes that can help you collect more information that you can use as reference and steer you into making smarter, more beneficial decisions. Investing in building and pest inspections, real estate experts say, is one of the best steps you can take to become a more practical, informed home buyer.
With the help of a detailed inspection report from a professional inspector, you’ll be able to gather relevant evidence in an organised, easy-to-understand manner, helping you clearly determine your next moves.
Know the real story. No matter how meticulously you tour a property, there are several – and definitely more serious – flaws that you won’t be able to detect through a visual run-through alone. A comprehensive inspection will make use of industry-approved tools and processes to detect all potential issues – structural, exterior, plumbing, pest, mould, insulation and ventilation, electrical, roofing, pool safety – to make sure all the bases are covered for you.
Have a strong position during negotiations. The report you will get from a building and pest inspection, experts say, will allow you to have an upper hand when negotiating the final price of the property. By knowing the defects (as well as strengths) of the house, you can negotiate more confidently with the seller – or even walk away without regrets should you feel that the purchase won’t be homes aura it.
Ensure healthy living. Before you think about whether the house is beautiful enough or big enough, ask first whether it’s safe and healthy enough for you. A building and pest inspection, Bundall experts say, will uncover elements that might be a threat to the health of your household, should you decide to make the purchase. Pests and termites hiding somewhere, asbestos in the ceiling, structure damage, fire safety issues – knowing the real score about these is non-negotiable.