There is a lot to take into account when purchasing a new property and many buyers come to us with the same question: “Do I need a building inspector?”

You might not be able to ‘try before you buy’ when it comes to purchasing a new home but you can inspect before you buy, and this can save you both time and money in the long term.

So the answer to the common question: “Do I need a building inspector?” is a resounding yes.

There are certainly some things that can go unnoticed to an untrained eye so we recommend that you DO get the experts in to do a thorough pre-purchase inspection on any property you’re seriously considering buying.

Given that Blacktown, Kellyville and Plumpton are all suburbs filled with both new & older style homes, there are considerations that spread across both.

An educated and well-selected building inspection will thoroughly investigate the entire property to give you piece of mind that there are no evil surprises lurking or advise you about things that may require attendance/repairs.

Below is a listing of areas you can expect to be covered in a pre-purchase inspection.

Inside the property

  • Walls: minor or major cracks
  • Ceilings: signs of sagging
  • Cabinets: signs of moisture from any leakages
  • Bathroom: water stains, corrosion on the walls, mould or signs of leakage & waterproofing
  • Interior structures: floors, doors, staircases & cupboards
  • Plumbing: pipes, drainage & fixtures
  • Insulations & ventilations
  • Appliances: stove, oven, dishwasher
  • Underfloor space
  • Pest inspection: signs of termites etc

Outside the property

  • Seals: signs of breakage
  • Pipes: flow through
  • Roof tiles, gutters and drains
  • Local council regulations: any outside structures (i.e. sheds & patios) approved and installed to standards

Electrical

  • Wiring: installed and running correctly
  • Smoke alarms: fitted to Australian standards
  • Heating & air conditioning: verify working correctly

Stamp duty, tax and other costs associated with buying a new property often have home buyers asking “do I need a building inspector?” especially when finances are tight.

Of course, purchasing a new home can be exciting, it’s always best to be thorough when viewing a property and ensure that you don’t overlook a ‘few things here or there’ that can quickly turn into thousands of dollars worth of repairs if they aren’t correctly budgeted.

If you do intend on doing some repairs after purchase, have a clear idea of your budget and compare any repair listings that come back from the pre-purchase inspection closely to your own figures.

This will ensure you’ve allowed enough to fix the immediate things and, if required, are prepared to put more in where necessary in the future.

Another important thing to keep in mind, if you are purchasing a brand new home, is that just because it’s new doesn’t mean that it may not have areas to beware of.

With newly installed electricity, plumbing etc there’s been no prior tenants to flag any issues in these areas and therefore, if not inspected may have gone unnoticed to date.

We don’t often purchase a new car without having checks completed prior, knowing that we could overpay and lose money on our investment; the same should be said for purchasing a home too.

Our specialists at Hilton Parkes can recommend a local Blacktown, Kellyville and Plumpton specialist to assist with your building inspection if you don’t have someone of your own to use. We are here to help you with every step of your purchase, please call us today so we can help you get started…