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5 Reasons a Pre Purchase Building Inspection is Essential

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There’s nothing quite as exciting as buying a new home however the dream-come-true can quickly turn into a nightmare when unexpected issues arise.

If you get a professional, licensed building inspection, you can know exactly what you’re getting when you sign on the dotted line.

Here are five reasons why building inspections are a must when you’re on the market for a new house and why they’re definitely worth the extra money.

1. Is the House Structurally Sound?

When buying a new house, the last thing you expect is the possibility that it could ever collapse. However, houses that are not properly built may do just that!

When you have your home inspected, you can discover how sound the structure truly is and if there is any likelihood of a dangerous collapse.

It’s important to understand any issues since repairing the structure of a building requires major construction work and high costs.

2. Estimate The Cost of Essential Repairs

At first glance, a house with a few small issues may not seem like a big deal but it’s important to understand there maybe additional problems hiding beneath what you see.

What appears to be a cheap repair may quickly turn into a huge expense if multiple repairs are needed.

When you have your building inspected before you purchase, you’ll be aware of all the hidden problems making it possible for you to start estimating the cost of repairs.

If you didn’t already know, Australia also has a set of codes and standards that have to be met by the owners of a home.

An BPI inspection can show you what needs to be changed to meet Australian standards and how costly these repairs might be.

3. Pinpoint Safety Issues

When you purchase a home you plan for it to become a safe place for your family.

A pre-purchase inspection can show you how safe a house truly is before you move in.

An inspection will reveal whether the house is free of substances such as asbestos, mould, mildew, cracks in the walls and other danger points.

Knowing the safety issues can help you decide what needs to be changed to make the house a safe place for you and your family to live.

4. Recognise Fire Hazards.

No house is immune to the threat of fire but there are some safety measures that can keep your home from being susceptible.

When you have a building inspected, you can expect to discover any electrical problems such as bad wiring that might contribute to a fire or electrocution.

While all electrical problems can be repaired, it’s important to know what needs to be fixed and how vital the repair truly is.

Following an inspection, you’ll also be told how many smoke detectors are in the building and whether they work properly. In some cases, you may need to add additional alarms to provide the optimum level of safety.

5. Inspection of Additional Structures.

The house isn’t the only structure that needs to be inspected.

If the property you’re planning to purchase includes a garage, shed, or patio, these will also need to be carefully examined.

Not only will an inspection reveal whether these additional structures are safe but it’s necessary to ensure that they meet the local council regulations.

If these regulations are not met, the building may need to be removed or repaired.

Don’t Risk Your Biggest Investment

When you’re on the market for a house, the last thing you want to do is spend even more time and money on a building inspection however this is a vital step in the buying process.

Don’t go into the purchase unsure of what you’re getting; instead, go with open eyes following a thorough qualified building and pest inspection.

Stephen Sentschuk
Stephen Sentschuk
With over 30 years of experience in the building industry, Stephen brings an abundance of knowledge and industry expertise to BPI Adelaide. He is renown amongst his clients for his attention to detail and will always go the extra mile to ensure you are provided the best possible service. Stephen is a HIA award winning builder, mastering many facets of both domestic and commercial construction.