Pre-Purchase, Complete or Specific Area Inspection
A pre-purchase inspection is a professional and objective evaluation of the current condition of a property.
The purpose of the pre-purchase inspection is to uncover existing faults and identify potential problems. This is the most commonly used property inspection requested by buyers purchasing existing property. A detailed report is drawn up that lists the findings as well as suggested remedies.
It is not the same as an appraisal which attempts to place a value on a house and which may be required by a lending institution. Nor is it the same as a building code compliance inspection which may be required by local building regulations.
Sometimes a pre-purchase inspection is requested by a seller so that problems with a property may be addressed prior to putting it on the market.
The report is not a checklist with computer generated generic information. It is specifically written for the client in the form of a narrative and includes supporting photos, where necessary, to help explain or show certain defects. Remedies are suggested and cost of rectification is included. Inspections are thorough and cover every aspect of the property from roof to boundary walls. An inspection (depending on the size of the building, and the extent of damage or bad workmanship being found), could take anything from 1.5 hour to 3 hours to complete on a standard 3 bedroom house.
A quality home inspection performed according to industry accepted standards is non-invasive. An inspector will not drill holes or remove wall surfaces. He will view accessible areas of the house and will inspect the following areas/components, but not necessarily limited to …
- External: Roof, flashings, gutters, roof cavity, plumbing in the roof cavity, geyser installation compliance, eaves, super structure, windows, doors, balconies and patios.
- Internal: Floor coverings, skirtings, windows, doors, walls, cupboards, fittings, cornices, ceilings. Bathrooms: shower, bath, basins, toilet, tiling, fittings.
- Outbuildings: Staff quarters, storerooms, garages, swimming pool, water runoff, storm water drainage, tennis courts, gates, retaining and boundary walls.
Reports are confidential and issued only to the client. The inspection price is dependent on the size of the property (e.g. number of rooms) to inspect and the complexity of the dwelling e.g. double storey, multiple roof cavities, etc.