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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Palmer

Conveyancing | Do I really need a Pest and Building Inspection?

In New South Wales (NSW), obtaining a pest

A photo of a house that you might be purchasing
For peace of mind it is recommended you obtain a Pest and Building Inspection

and building inspection when buying a

property is highly recommended

and often considered essential.

These inspections during the conveyancing process provide valuable information about the condition of the property, helping you make an informed decision before committing to the purchase. Here are some reasons why these inspections are important:

  1. Identifying Structural Issues: A building inspection helps identify any structural problems or defects in the property. This includes issues with the foundation, walls, roof, and other structural components. Identifying these issues early on can prevent you from purchasing a property that may require expensive repairs.

  2. Revealing Pest Infestations: Pest inspections are crucial for detecting the presence of termites and other pests. Termites, in particular, can cause significant damage to a property's structure and are often not visible to the naked eye. An inspection can identify signs of infestation and help you address the issue before it becomes a major problem.

  3. Budgeting for Repairs: The findings from these inspections can help you estimate the cost of any necessary repairs or maintenance. This information is crucial for budgeting purposes and negotiating the purchase price with the seller. It allows you to make an informed decision about whether the property is a sound investment.

  4. Meeting Legal Requirements: While pest and building inspections are not mandatory in NSW, real estate agents commonly recommend them, and they are considered standard practice. However, if you are obtaining a mortgage, your lender may require a building inspection as part of the loan approval process.

  5. Peace of Mind: Knowing the condition of the property gives you peace of mind as a buyer. It reduces the risk of unexpected issues arising after the purchase, which could potentially save you a considerable amount of money and stress in the long run.

To ensure the inspections are thorough and comprehensive, it's advisable to hire qualified and licensed professionals. They will provide you with detailed reports outlining the condition of the property, any issues found, and recommendations for addressing them. Keep in mind that the cost of these inspections is a worthwhile investment compared to the potential costs of dealing with undisclosed issues after purchasing the property.

By Melanie Palmer

Ph: 02 4869 1392


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