Termites can be present in a house without being detected for months – even years, and the cost of putting right the damage that these pesky critters have done can reach thousands of dollars. For your own peace of mind, order a comprehensive pest inspection before purchasing a home.
Pest inspections will normally set you back a few hundred dollars – a paltry sum if you consider you may be inheriting unwanted pests with your new house. Nonetheless, only deal with reputable pest inspectors making sure they are experienced and the company is licensed.
Everything may seem in order in a house during a walk through on inspection day. However, just looking around will not tell you the structural soundness of the house. The structural health of a property will be contained in a pre-purchase or pre-sale building report. The inspection is non-invasive, conducted and prepared in accordance with the Australian Standards and Workcover Safety standards.
A building report will also tell you things that you can use to negotiate a better price for the house. If you are the seller, a building report will provide peace of mind when negotiating with potential buyers.
Moral of this story - always order a pest and building report on any property you purchase.
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