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What to Expect from Pre-Purchase Inspection Reports

The decision to purchase a home or real estate property is not something that should be hastily made. For most people, it is a major investment that will perhaps require them to use their lifetime savings. A buyer needs to be armed with sufficient information to make the right decision. A pre-purchase inspection is a fairly minor investment that will give buyers the peace of mind that the property they are about to purchase has been checked thoroughly by a qualified building inspection expert.

Why Commission a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

During an inspection, trained and licensed individuals check out the structural soundness of a home. Their trained eyes enable them to visually spot problems within a house. They type a report that contains information on what they have discovered about the home.

Pre-purchase building inspections are important whether you are buying or selling a real estate property. A buyer can use a pre-purchase building inspection report to determine whether the property is structurally sound and does not have major damages that may affect the value of the property or cost money to remedy after it has been purchased. For a seller, it is a good idea to furnish the potential buyer with a pre-purchase inspection report, including a pest report if needed. It signifies that the seller is being upfront in the transaction and means that there is no need for a potential buyer to commission and pay for an inspection.

What Does a Pre-Purchase Inspection Report Contain?

Some of the areas and items that the inspector looks over include house interior wet areas, house interior, overall property site, subfloor/underfloor areas, house exterior, roof exterior and interior, and garage.

The pre-purchase inspection report basically contains details on what the inspector has discovered while checking over the property. The inspector will check for the presence of:

Cracks in parts of the home or building;
Leaks in the shower and/or shower screen;
Drips in the pipes;
Rot in the floor framing timbers;
Insufficient ant-capping within the subfloor area;
Damage/missing/chipped roof tiles or roofing sheets;
Improperly fitted roof flashings;
Broken boundary retaining walls;
Clogged-up weep holes; and
Damp proof course.

Some reports contain photographs that show the presence or absence of defects in a certain property. These visuals capture the condition and situation of the home or building at the time of the inspection. The report is delivered promptly to allow a potential buyer to evaluate the situation and to make an informed decision regarding the property in question.