An article recently published on News.com.au tells us that first home buyers are more likely to make a few home buying mistakes that could cost them a lot of money in the long run. The truth, however, is that even experienced home buyers make mistakes that could have well been avoided.
Finding the right house and home loan is just one part of the home buying process. Getting to know the real ins and outs of the brick and mortar building you’re buying is the other. You could hire a professional building inspector to do this for you, but you may not always understand the technical terms they use. Here are five pertinent questions you need to ask your inspector.
Do they have a professional Qualification?
Robert Woodward from Casey Building Inspections says,
“surprisingly some building inspectors do not have any professional qualifications and do not hold the required professional indemnity insurance. Always question the inspector that will be doing the inspection about their qualifications experience and insurance”.
Are the Reports Easy to Understand?
Some building inspectors often use technical jargon like “conducive to deterioration” that may be hard to comprehend. Find out whether the inspector can offer you a report that’s easy to understand.
How Bad Is It?
Most property inspectors tell you the facts. They don’t exaggerate or play down the importance of things. This straightforward talk can have you wondering what to do next. Ask them how good or bad things are so you can decide whether you want to move forward with the purchase.
Do They Offer an Asbestos Report?
If you’re buying an older property, you may require to get an asbestos inspection. This ensures the safety of everyone including the occupants and those involved in the home renovation process.
Do they Access the roof Void
Most buyers today want an energy efficient home to find out whether they can save money on heating and cooling costs. A home that’s well insulated reduces your dependence on heating and cooling appliances, which in turn reduces the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment.
Do they cover maintenance items
Although the reports should be easy to understand, they should be professionally written and detailed enough to cover maintenance items. This is especially important if you have plans to renovate or remodel. The report will have to be in line with Council requirements and Australian legal standards under such circumstances.
Talk to a building inspector and ask them these important questions before you request their services. It will certainly help you make smart decisions as a home buyer.
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