In any property transaction, whether you are buying or selling, you want to know the true conditions of the property to determine its value. You won’t know what is a fair price unless you’re aware of potential minor or major defects. The best way of getting a full condition report is by undertaking a pre-purchase building & pest inspection (pre-sale inspection if requested by the vendor).
In this blog post, we take a closer look at the inspection process so you know what to expect once one of our expert property inspectors turns up at your door.
The inspector will start by examining the grounds and the house exterior first. He will invite you to attend during the inspection so that he can point out any areas of concern and answer any queries you may have.
They will look for clues from the landscape or building materials to determine potential problems inside the property. Checking the garden for mud trails leading up the sides of the dwelling and other signs of termite infestation, or conditions conducive to termite infestation, are among the first things your inspector will check. If active termites are found we can treat them using a chemical which acts to spread amongst the colony and achieve total eradication. Our pest manager will return to the property within 14 to 21 days to ensure the treatment was successful.
The inspector will also examine all accessible areas to discover defects, including:
- Joint breakdown
- Cracks in walls
- Cracks in the foundation
- Moisture damage or build-up
- Roof Integrity
- Soundness of garage, carport and sheds
2. The interior
The inspector will tour the home and get an overview of the inside structure from various angles. They will check for sagging and bent lines in the general house frame as they indicate possible further damage. Homes that are in good condition are linear, even, and intact.
Some other big items for the inspector to check inside are the plumbing system and the electrical system. These are areas that can cause major issues and be costly to repair if left attendant for a longer period of time.
Other areas the inspector will examine inside include:
- Interior and exterior walls
- Roof space
- Roof exterior
- Floor & sub floor space
- Uneven floors
- Garage, carport & shed
- Stairs/steps, fencing and paths
- Non-structural retaining walls
3. Inspection Report
Once our fully licensed and insured building and pest inspectors investigate your property and answered any questions or concerns you may have, the inspector will start working on a detailed report to be submitted to you within 48 hours. However, most clients receive the report on the same day as the inspection.
You can expect to receive the report via email (unless a different format has been agreed on beforehand). The report will include any defect, minor and major, along with recommendations on where you can find services to fix these defects. Our reports are written in an easy-to-understand language without jargon, and we’re always available via phone if you wish further clarification on any issue.
Twin Cities Building Inspection
If you want to know more about our professional building and pest inspections, have a look through our Building Inspections FAQ’s.
At the time of booking our customer service team will be happy to walk you through our process, answer any questions and schedule an inspection time for your property inspections.
Call TCBPI today at 07 4723 2770 or enquire online.