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Do You Really Need Pest & Building Reports Before Buying a House?

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Buying a home is a big commitmentBuying a home is a major expense – it is probably the biggest investment most of us will ever make. On top of that, you will find yourself spending money on everything from conveyancing to real estate agents and perhaps thinking – do I really need to get the pest and building inspections done?

The short answer is yes! Don’t scrimp on these inspections. The costs are minor in comparison to other expenses involved in buying a new home, and can save you thousands in the long run.

Termite Damage can cost thousandsPest Inspections

Termite infestations can go undetected for months, or even years, and the cost of ridding your home of these tiny invaders can often set you back thousands of dollars. Before buying a new home it is certainly worth getting a comprehensive pest inspection done for your own peace of mind.

Pest Inspections usually cost a few hundred dollars – call several pest inspection businesses for quotes and ensure the business is both licenced and experienced.


Building Reports

A home may look wonderful when you walk through it on inspection day. However, a simple walk through isn’t enough to tell you if a home is structurally sound. A pre-purchase or pre-sale building report is a written account of the visual condition of the property at the time of inspection. It is non-invasive, performed and prepared within the Australian Standards and Workcover Safety restrictions and guidelines.

Termite activityA building report may also provide valuable information to help you negotiate the purchase price. If you are the vendor, it can be worth doing to put a potential buyer’s mind at ease.

If you are buying a home make sure you don’t neglect to get both building and pest inspections. For local, licenced businesses providing reports see Build Local’s building and pest report listings.

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September 15, 2014 |

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