Why get a professional building inspection rather than do it yourself
If you are planning on buying a new home, are planning on selling or just want to give your own property the once over, you might think that you can spot any problems yourself. But getting an accurate picture may be harder than you think.
Getting a professional building inspector to do the job may cost you in the short-term but it could potentially save you thousands in the long-run by helping you to avoid buying a dud home, or by identifying what could be costly repairs if left unchecked.
Here are three reasons to get a professional in to do your building inspection :
A trained eye:
Are you sure you might spot an obvious crack or leak, but would you notice something small? Or would you even know where to look? A trained building inspector knows the right parts of your property to check inside and outside, including some places you might not think of such as roof eaves and exterior cladding.
The right tools:
A professional inspector will have a number of tools to help them that might not be readily available to you. These can include moisture testers to check damp levels, and thermal imaging cameras to check for problems in hidden locations such as behind walls. These tools can also help to identify more difficult problems without causing extra damage to your property.
An independent assessment:
Getting a professional building inspector gives you an independent inspection that draws unbiased conclusions. If you are selling a property and have an independent report done as part of the process this can make you look transparent and more credible in the eyes of potential buyers. If you are planning to buy, an independent inspection gives you a clear picture of any problems and also can potentially be used a negotiating tool should you still decide to purchase.
- Get a Vendor's building report
- What to expect from a builders inspection
- Information for first home buyers
- Moisture testing helps find problems in hidden places