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Frequently Asked Questions About Building and Pest Inspections

What is a pre purchase building inspection?

A pre purchase building inspection is as the name suggests, a report carried out before a property is bought. A report prepared by an inspector will identify whether there are any significant building defects or problems. An inspector might compare the property inspected with buildings of similar age and construction.

Is the building inspector qualified for the inspections?

Yes, the building inspector is qualified if his registration number appears on his letterhead or website. Building inspectors are experienced builders with additional training to do this work.

Do I need a pre purchase building inspection?

Whilst pre building inspections are not mandatory, consumers should be aware of the implications of not having an inspection and report to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with a purchase.

Method of appointing an inspector.

There are a number of ways to appoint an inspector. History has shown the best approach to be via an independent body that is at arm’s length to the sale, for example the institute of Building Consultants. Queensland Building & Construction Council registers inspectors. Queensland Master Builders Association administers the IBC membership list.

What happens when the report reveals problems?

The problems identified will enable a consumer to make an informed decision as whether to proceed with the purchase of the property. Consumers may be able to negotiate on the price with the knowledge from the report.

What report will I receive?

The inspector will provide a detailed written report in accordance with the Australian Standards 4349.1 Inspection of buildings – Pre Purchase Inspections – Residential Buildings’ Consumers must allow sufficient time to properly consider the report and its implications.

What will the report tell me?

Consumer will discuss the style and scope of the report with the inspector before engaging them. Knowing what the report covers and what it does not cover is important. Discuss issues such as structure, maintenance, wear and tear, etc.

Time allowed arranging an inspection.

It is recommended that a minimum of 15 calendar days after the signing of the contract and/ or five days after expiration of the finance clause be allowed.

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