Whether you’re searching for a house in mint condition or a complete doer-upper, it’s always wise to get a pre-purchase house inspection. A building inspection will reveal a lot about the property in question, putting you in the strongest possible position to either make an offer or walk away.
Before you get swept up in the excitement of buying a new property, the team of qualified building inspectors at Tauranga’s Straight Up Inspections has put together a list of five reasons why pre-purchase house inspections are necessary.
1. Knowledge is Power
When a qualified builder has prepared a pre-purchase inspection report, buyers and sellers can communicate openly and honestly about the state of the house. As a buyer with a building report in your back pocket, nobody can pull the wool over your eyes about the state of the house, its value or future repairs. Property inspections give buyers knowledge and therefore power as they approach a house sale.
2. Be Realistic About Future Repairs
Building inspectors are looking out for any aspect of the house that will soon need repairs, from broken window catches to rusty roofs. The fact is houses age so any property will eventually need touch ups, but a pre-purchase house inspection will alert you to repairs that will be needed soon after purchase. Being more realistic about future work can help you negotiate a fair price or request issues be fixed before settlement.
3. Know the Value of the Property Accurately
Without a building report, you have to take the home owner and real estate agent’s assessment of the property value as truth. By getting an unbiased builder to inspect the house before purchase, you have a better indication of what it is actually worth, taking the house’s strengths and weaknesses, future repairs and maintenance costs into account.
4. Be Confident in your Home’s Structural Stability
One of the main tasks of a building inspection is to reveal the condition of the property in question. It takes the trained eye of a qualified builder to look for defects and damage that threatens the current or future structure of a property. By looking for cracks in the walls, watermarks and dampness, rust on roofs and rot on timber beams, a property inspector will alert you to anything that indicates issues with structural integrity.
5. You Want a Healthy House
It is tricky to assess a house’s health status during an open home, but it will be a very important quality once you move in. Pre-purchase house inspections will alert potential buyers to any health and safety concern like mould, damp houses, asbestos, bad electrical wiring or poor ventilation. Once you know the health of a house, you can make an informed decision on whether or not it’s the right home for you.
6. Peace of Mind
If you noticed something that gave you pause during the house viewing, a qualified building inspector will take a look at the house and let you know whether your fear was warranted or if the issue is just cosmetic. Knowing that your property was examined carefully by a professional will give you peace of mind so you can sleep at night.
Got your eye on a house in Tauranga, Whakatane or Rotorua? Get the building inspectors at Straight Up Inspections to take a look.