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Building Inspections should be on the top of your priority list during the early stages of your home buying journey in Perth. And usually, you’ll have a lot of questions in mind, such as “How much do you charge?”, “How long will the inspection take?”, “What exactly do you look for?” etc. While these are all very valid questions, the most important questions you need to be asking, come after the Building Inspection is completed. What if your Perth Building Inspector found a problem that would make it difficult for you to continue with the purchase? Are you ready to let go of the home you have set your heart on?

The Building Inspection could reveal hidden problems that you didn’t want to face, but remember, most issues that are found can usually be fixed. In fact, it could even help you negotiate a better settlement price.

By asking the important questions, you will gain a better understanding of the property that you’re planning to purchase, ensuring you can make a more informed decision on whether or not to move forward based on the details presented in the Building Inspection report.

These are some of the main questions you need to be asking your Perth Building Inspector.

Can you go into further detail?

Unless you have a building background, chances are there will be some issues that you won’t fully understand. Once you receive the full and detailed report, ensure that you review the report properly and take note of anything that doesn’t make complete sense. You can then organise a time to discuss the report with the Inspector so that they can clarify anything that was written on the Building Inspection Report.

How serious is this issue?

The main goal of the Building Inspection process is to reveal any unknown issues that present in the property. The inspection report will usually contain pictures, and detailed notes about any issues that are found whether they are serious or not. The report can become quite large and daunting, however, it’s important not to get overwhelmed and start thinking that the property is falling apart.

In most homes, the majority of issues found are mostly minor, with only a few issues arising that would be considered significant. These are the issues that need to be addressed promptly to ensure settlement goes ahead smoothly for both parties.

It can be hard to identify which problems are significant and which are not, so having a chat with your Building Inspector to determine the seriousness if any issues is crucial. Before you move forward you need to know how big the problem is so you can decide whether you’ll request any issues to be remedied, renegotiate the settlement price or as a last resort, pull out of the purchase.

Can I fix this myself or will I need a professional?

We all like to save money where possible, and chances are some of the problems detected may only require minor repair work. Your Building Inspector can advise you how to go about fixing some of these minor issues. It’s always a good idea to ask your Inspector if you’ll need to bring in an expert, like a certified electrician for electrical issues or a certified plumber for plumbing system issues.

What should I fix first and what can wait?

We all know that no home is 100% perfect and issue-free. Ask the inspector what should be prioritised first before you move in. Ask if there are issues that could be fixed later as this can help you manage your budget as well. Make sure to understand if any of the issues could cause further problems if not rectified promptly. By doing this, you can have a clear perspective and focus on the big things first.

How much will it cost to fix?

Part of the inspection report is the list of repairs and/or replacements that should be done to ensure that the home is in good shape. It may be intimidating to look at the list, but you should know that pretty much everything is fixable. If the seller is not willing to rectify any problems, it doesn’t mean you should kill your deal just yet. Talk to your Building Inspector and find out how soon the repair needs to be done and roughly how much it will cost. This can help you re-estimate the value of the house and negotiate a better deal.

A Building Inspection is one of the most essential steps during a real estate transaction. Both sellers and buyers need to understand the true condition of the property in order to make informed decisions. Once you have signed the contract, there is no going back so make sure you ask all the right questions and hire a Professional Building Inspector that can give you the right answers.


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