One of the most important steps a buyer can take during the process of purchasing a property is to book a building and timber pest inspection. A pre-purchase building inspection can save you thousands on the purchase price by negotiating estimated repair costs of the sale price. So, when choosing your building inspector please do your research and ensure you find the right company.
- Ask for the building inspectors’ qualifications. A building inspector is a licenced builder who understands the ins and outs of home construction. All licenced builders are allocated a licence number and are required to provide you with this information.
- Will the timber pest inspection be carried out by the building inspector or by a licenced pest technician? A timber pest inspection/termite inspection will require an expert in pest tracking and analysis, not a builder. Most companies will often use a builder to also carry out the timber pest inspection.
- What do they offer in their building inspection? So many inspection companies carry out a building inspection in roughly an hour, so it is very important to see what they will cover in this time.
- Is there a time limitation on the building inspection? As mentioned above, most companies have time restrictions, so shop around and don’t be afraid to ask. Smaller companies tend to spend a little more time on a building inspection and may not be as rushed to get to their next job. With Clear View Property Inspections, we have no time restraints whatsoever and will spend as much time as needed on any individual job to conduct a thorough inspection.
- What is included in the report? When will you receive it? Is it an easy-to-read and clear report? Does it include pictures? Make sure you are happy with what they offer.
Accreditation and certification
When it comes to hiring a building inspection company, accreditation and certification should be at the top of your list of considerations. Not only do they indicate that the company has met certain industry standards and regulations, but they also demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and quality service. Therefore, it is essential to choose a building inspection company that holds relevant licenses and certifications, such as those provided by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) and the Master Builders Association (MBA). These certifications ensure that the building inspection company has the qualifications, skills and expertise to accurately and comprehensively assess a property’s condition.
Experience and expertise
Another important factor to consider when choosing a building inspection company is their experience and expertise in the industry. It is recommended to choose a company with several years of experience in the field, as this indicates that they have dealt with various types of properties and have encountered a range of issues that they are equipped to handle. Additionally, it is important to consider the building inspectors’ expertise. They should have a strong knowledge of building codes and regulations, as well as a keen eye for detail to identify potential issues that less experienced inspectors may miss. Furthermore, choosing a building inspection company that specializes in the type of property you are interested in purchasing is important. For example, if you want to purchase a commercial property, it is best to choose a building inspection company with experience in inspecting it. Moreover, it is important to choose a building inspection company that uses advanced technology and equipment in their inspections. This ensures that the inspection is thorough and accurate, providing you with a detailed report of any issues or concerns.
Availability and responsiveness
Availability and responsiveness are also crucial factors to consider when choosing a building inspection company. Choosing a company that can accommodate your schedule and provide timely service is important. Additionally, the company should be responsive to your inquiries and concerns throughout the inspection process. They should be easy to contact and communicate with, providing clear and concise information about the inspection process and any findings. Moreover, the building inspection company should be able to provide timely and detailed reports. Ideally, the report should be provided within 24 to 48 hours after the inspection is completed. This will ensure that you have ample time to review the report and make informed decisions about your potential purchase. Furthermore, it is important to choose a building inspection company offering additional services such as pest inspections or mould testing.
Comprehensive and transparent reporting
Comprehensive and transparent reporting is also a key factor when choosing a building inspection company. The report should include detailed information about any issues or concerns found during the inspection, including photographs and recommendations for repairs or further investigation. In addition, the report should clearly outline any areas that were inaccessible or not inspected and provide a reason why they could not be accessed. It is important to ensure that the building inspection company provides a clear explanation of their findings and recommendations and any limitations or exclusions in their inspection process. Overall, when choosing a building inspection company, it is important to prioritize experience, advanced technology and equipment usage, availability and responsiveness, additional services offered and comprehensive and transparent reporting.
Customer service and professionalism
Customer service and professionalism are critical factors to consider when choosing a building inspection company. The company should have a team of qualified and certified inspectors who conduct themselves in a professional manner throughout the inspection process. This includes dressing appropriately, being punctual and courteous, respecting the property being inspected, and maintaining the confidentiality of any personal or sensitive information. Additionally, the building inspection company should have excellent communication skills and be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the inspection process. Furthermore, they should have a strong commitment to customer service and be available to address any issues or questions arising after the inspection. Ultimately, choosing a building inspection company is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. It is essential to thoroughly research and compare different companies before making a final decision. This will ensure that you select a reputable and trustworthy company that can provide the highest quality of service and expertise to meet your needs.