If you’re in the market for a new property or currently involved in the construction of a new building chancesare, you’re going to need a building or property inspector at some point. Investing in a property is quite a financial commitment so therefore it is important that you make the right investment.
Since most of you are not familiar with inspections you have to hire an expert that will make an unbiased decision as to whether your investment is worthwhile.
A role of a pre-purchase inspections is to ensure that the conditions of the property are up to standard and to calculate the cost of any repairs or replacements. The cost for a pre-purchase inspection has to be part of every buyer’s budget because it is quite common for sellers to cover up damages in order to get rid of the property. This is why you should pick a good inspector that knows the ins and out of the trade.
Below are some factors to consider when picking an inspector.
Is he or she qualified to inspect?
Now this may seem like a very obvious question but in some provinces like for example South Australia there are no formal certification or qualification for home inspectors. This means that anyone can call themselves a building inspector.
So, as a buyer you must first vet the inspector by looking at their portfolio and industry experience. Usually an inspector will either be a licensed builder or even an engineer, architect or surveyor. A licensed builder will have a license number and you can use this to verify.
Are they qualified for the type of inspections you are looking for?
Well, Building inspections for new homes will require specialized inspectors while electrical inspections in a pre-existing building will require a different type ofinspectors.
The skills set required for different types of inspections will greatly differ so make sure that you pick the right type of inspector for the job
Do they offer a full range of service?
A building inspection can take as little as 30 mins or stretch over a couple of hours. This depends on the size of the house and difficulty of the situation. However, no matter the size makes sure that your inspector does a thorough inspection and not just a quick overview of things.
General things to look at in a pre-purchase inspection is cracks in the wall, mould and Leak stains, structural integrity, rusting frameworks, pest infestation.
This list can go on and on and some of these will require further inspection from experts in that field too.
Do they allow you onsite during inspection?
This is a key indicator as to how experience an inspector is. An expert inspector wouldn’t mind having you around so that he can show you what you are getting into.
An inexperienced o biased inspector would be hesitant to have you around.
These are just some of most important things to look at when hiring an inspector. However, there are more factors to look at like whether they offer follow up support, do they have insurance and the cost of inspections.
More than any of the factors mentioned above make sure to hire an inspector that you can trust so that you know the report will be unbiased.