Date: 1 September 2021
Association spokesperson Mr Chris Short, said improved weather conditions and the start of warmer days traditionally saw a spike in sellers putting their homes on the market.
“Buying a home is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make, and having a building inspection done by an experienced building consultant should be one the highest priorities for a buyer because it will assist in making an informed purchase decision,” Mr Short said.
“To the untrained eye a building might appear to be in good order, but the best option is to engage an experienced building consultant who is trained to look for problems lurking below the surface,” he said.
“If an inspection uncovers any concerns it doesn't have to mean the end of the sale. It simply gives a clear understanding about what needs urgent attention and what longer term maintenance should be considered, so that a dream home doesn't become a nightmare.”
The Association has urged buyers to understand their rights and responsibilities during the purchase process - especially when it comes to getting a building inspection.
"If you are serious about buying a property, you can have a building inspection done at any stage of the sales process, and it is not conditional to having signed a contract and does not have to be delayed until any cooling off period,” Mr Short said.
Often a pre-sale spruce up of a home can range from little more than a basic clean through to filling of large cracks, repainting, retiling, re-grouting, and can even include new floor coverings.
Some handy tips that a prospective buyer should keep in mind when walking through a potential purchase include:
Most importantly, engage an experienced building consultant, and when deciding on which one to engage, ask for testimonials and details of their experience, qualifications, and industry memberships.