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Property Inspections

30 Sep 2011 Cleveland 0 Comment

A house is the biggest purchase most of us are likely to make and unfortunately a ‘road test’ is out of the question. However, property inspections can help ensure there are no nasty surprises

Building and pest inspection are essential pre-purchase reports. They alert you to any faults in the property or issues of concern, and they also help you negotiate with vendors on price, and budget for repairs should you proceed with the purchase. Inspectors must be licenced, and you can easily check their qualifications for the task.

What you pay for an inspection can vary widely, as can the quality of the reports, but asking the right questions before you commission an inspection can ensure you get value for money.

A building inspection should report on all accessible areas of the property, both inside and out, including roof space and under floor. The report must comply with the Australian Standard (AS 4349.1). Pest inspections detect termites and other destructive pests that may be present but have not yet done visible damage.

In the case of an auction, inspections must be carried out before auction day as once the hammer falls you are committed to the purchase whatever you later learn about the property. In the case of private sale, you have more leeway and can make offers subject to inspections, but as the information can be valuable in price negotiations, it is beneficial to have the information sooner rather than later.

We at Professionals Cleveland can help you on any real estate matter. If you have an enquiry, feel free to call me on 07 3286 1266 or call into our office Cnr Middle & Doig Street, Cleveland.

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