Pre-purchase inspections are essential when buying a home because they will spare you the unnecessary money and stress down the track. Pre-purchase inspections provide you with the information to decide whether or not to go ahead with a property purchase and they provide you with the means to negotiate a sale price considering any repairs that need to be made. But how do you know if the pre-purchase inspection report you’re receiving will be accurate? How do you know which building inspector is reputable or not?
Unfortunately, there are people out there that claim to be reputable building inspectors but have absolutely no experience behind them nor insurance. Here are some tips on finding a reputable building inspector, so you aren’t left in the lurch down the track.
How to find a reputable building inspector
Ask your friends
One of the best ways to approach your search for a reputable building inspector is to ask your friends and family. The best recommendations are always from the people closest to you because they will be honest.
Avoid solicitor, mortgage broker or real estate recommendations
As much as we rely on these professions in life, it’s not unusual for these professionals to refer building inspection companies purely based on a mutual agreement or benefit. Each of these professionals will get some sort of kickback if a property is sold and so it’s in their best interest (not yours) to recommend someone who will help the property sale move forward, even if that means a dodgy inspection report.
Ask about their experience
In Queensland, becoming a qualified building inspector is more than just applying for a license; at least five years of experience as a builder, surveyor, assistant building surveyor or building surveyor technician is required. In addition to this, a qualified building inspector requires documentation that supports this experience. Ask the inspector for references and documentation on their past experience.
Ask about their qualifications
A qualified building inspector must have builder’s license documentation or a course certificate. They must also have documentation that they have passed a Completed Residential Building Inspectors Course.
Ask for references
In addition to past client reviews, reputable building inspectors should have three references with contact numbers so that prior experience can be confirmed.
Ask about insurance
In Queensland, you will need to show that you meet the minimum financial requirements and have adequate professional indemnity insurance. This is a requirement by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
Ask about legislation
Experienced building inspectors should be up to date with building legislation, building codes and Australian standards. The legislation is often updated, and it’s important that whichever building inspector you engage knows the exact requirements. If the building inspector you have contacted is hesitant when you ask them about the current legislation, it might be a sign to move on to someone else.
Online reviews and suspicious referrals aside, when it comes to finding a building inspector who will work in your best interests when it comes to pre-purchase inspections, it comes down to their background. Don’t be afraid to ask for documentation because, when it comes to one of the most significant investments you’ll make in your life, you’ll be glad you did.