A building and pest inspection is a crucial step to purchasing a property. It helps inform buyers about the property’s overall condition and make the best decision out of it. However, as much as the property inspection is significant to the buyer’s decision-making process, the property inspector is as equally important to the quality of the inspection that will be done to the property. If you’re looking to get a property inspection, you must consider these important factors first when hiring an inspector.
1. The property inspector should be a registered builder.
To get a comprehensive building and pest inspection, look for an inspector that is also a registered builder. They hold more experience in the building process and they’ve passed the latest qualifications in the construction industry. A registered builder is also very familiar with the building standards and codes, so they will know if there are irregularities in your prospected property.
2. The inspector should hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Professional indemnity insurance is a liability protection of property inspectors from paying the full amount of financial damage that is charged by a client. In Australia, not all building and pest inspection companies are insured because not all states require them to be. You should, therefore, be careful in choosing a property inspector. It is essential for you, as a buyer, to know that the property inspector will be able to cover any financial loss if ever they make errors on their inspections. The professional indemnity insurance will also serve as a guarantee to the buyers that they are protected for any misjudgement by the building inspectors.
3. The inspector should be independent of the real estate agent.
You should think twice before hiring the property inspector that your real estate agent recommends. It’s likely that your real estate agent will get a commission if the property sells so it’s in their best interests for you to receive a favourable report post-inspection. Getting the services of an independent building inspector will make sure that the pre-purchase building and pest inspection you get is not biased, and will reflect the true condition of the property. In saying that, there are many genuine real estate agents in the marketplace and we also receive a few referrals from agents from time to time, just be wary of this practice.
So you’ve considered these factors?
It’s increasingly important that these factors are present in the inspection company that you choose.
Inspect My Home is one of the most trusted building and pest inspection companies in Australia. We guarantee that our inspectors are registered builders and are independent of any real estate agents and companies. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with professional and comprehensive inspection services, but still, we carry professional indemnity insurance to give our clients peace of mind.
Contact Inspect My Home for a professional and comprehensive building and pest inspection. We’ll give you a detailed report that is easy to understand within 24 hours of your inspection. Call on 1300 337 447 or book online.