It’s not something we’re taught at school, how to buy a house and everything that goes with it. Because of this, unfortunately, some people can be taken on an avoidable ride because they simply don’t know any better when it comes to finding a reputable building inspector.
That’s why I want to let you in on a few insider secrets so you don’t get caught out when it comes time to arrange a building and pest inspection. As one of Brisbane’s most reputable building and pest inspectors, and after being in the industry for over 28 years, I’m here to share some hypotheticals and things to avoid when searching for a building inspector.
1. Avoid recommendations from a Real Estate Agent
Just imagine, you’ve found a great house. The realtor recommends a building inspector to you and you book him in. The realtor is so desperate to sell the house, he’s asked the inspector to avoid reporting some defects. The report comes back looking good and you buy the house, the serious defects unknown to you, and the realtor gets his commission. A hypothetical situation but one that is easy to avoid.
2. Avoid recommendations from a Mortgage Broker
A similar hypothetical to the real estate agent, the outcome of a building and pest inspection will determine whether or not a mortgage goes ahead and therefore, whether or not the broker gets his cut.
3. Avoid recommendations from a solicitor
Can you see a bit of a pattern happening here? Just like the real estate agent and the mortgage broker, another hypothetical lies with a solicitor. They’re desperate to get conveyancing work and request a dodgy report from the inspector they’ve just recommended to you and who you have booked in. Although this is a hypothetical, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
4. Don’t use the same person for building and pest
Building and pest inspections are two very different things, they involve different inspection and reporting methods and there is no way one person can effectively inspect what two individuals can. If money is an issue and you are on a tight budget, consider it this way. Would you prefer to pay a little bit more and have a thorough inspection by two separate individuals or would you prefer to pay a cheaper rate with the risk of a serious defect being missed, not reported and potentially costing you thousands down the track?
At Action Property Inspections Brisbane, we are more than happy to arrange a pest inspector on your behalf or you can organise one yourself.
So what should you do when looking for a reputable building inspector?
The most reliable way to find a reputable building inspector in your local area is to ask friends and family. Out of everyone, they are the ones that are going to be completely honest with you.
Andrew Mackintosh is the owner and inspector at Action Property Inspections, Brisbane . Andrew has carried out over 20,000 building inspections, is a licensed builder, a licensed building inspector and a Member of Queensland Master Builders Association & Institute of Building Consultants.