Do you need a pest and building inspection?

Do you need a pest and building inspection? – RM Property Conveyancing
If you are purchasing a house, then a pre-purchase pest and building inspection is essential.

It’s always a good idea to have a pest and building inspection. For several-hundred dollars – the average cost of an inspection – on a several-hundred-thousand-dollar investment, it’s peace of mind.

There are two types of pre-purchase inspection – building and pest. The former is a visual inspection of the entire accommodation, both inside and out, that identifies anything from major structural faults to minor defects, maintenance issues and safety hazards.

The inspector is someone you will pay separately to your legal fees and the reason for this is your conveyancer will not review the report for you. Your conveyancer will not usually see the property and therefore cannot comment or advise whether a report is “good or bad”. And that is why choosing the right pest and building inspector is so important.

A pest and building inspector will look for pests, in particular termites, the structure of the building, as well as any other additions to the house such as retaining walls.

Choosing a pest and building inspector

There are several questions to ask before choosing a pest and building inspector:

  • Have they ever been a licenced builder?
  • What are their reviews like? 

If you are unsure, ask your real estate agent who they recommend, or your conveyancer or solicitor who they recommend.

Pest and building inspectors to consider

We are often asked by clients who we suggest for pest and building inspectors. Please remember though, you are free to choose any inspector you want or if you are confident in doing the inspection yourself, you are allowed to do that as well.

Here are a few we’ve had a good experience with.

East Coast Building & Pest Services

Reliant Pest & Building

What about plumbing? Should you get that inspected too?

It’s a good question and the answer is “that’s up to you”.

Plumb Link

Plumb Link Plumbing Facebook Page


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