Upon hearing that it is recommended to have pest and building inspections performed on properties prior to purchase, many people think that they will not be able to understand the information contained in these documents. While this may be true in some cases, we always ensure that all of our reports are easy enough for potential buyers to understand at a glance. Below are a few answers to, “What makes a good building and pest inspection report?”

It should be Easy for Potential Buyers to Read and Interpret

One of the main aspects that make a great building and pest inspection report is that it should be easy for potential buyers to read and understand. When hiring our inspectors to perform any of these reports, potential buyers will be able to rest assured that the report they receive afterwards will be laid out in such a way that everything is able to be understood at a glance. In fact, it’s possible for anyone to open one of our reports and understand what is being said in it about a particular property within a matter of just 15 minutes.

After receiving a building or pest inspection report form us, prospective property buyers will quickly see a colour-coded system is used to show major structural defects and areas where repairs are recommended (but not strictly mandatory). Other aspects in the reports that are colour-coded include where inspectors have offered advice regarding a particular aspect on a property, where they were unable to inspect a section of a property because of not being able to gain physical access to it and where the overall visual condition of a property has been deemed to be of an acceptable standard.

A good building and/or pest inspection report should also list whether detected defects are localised or widespread throughout the property, information regarding what type of professional tradesperson should be hired to address and rectify the issues and an approximate timeframe of how long the repair work will take to complete.

It Should Contain Photos

Along with a clear and concise written report, a building and/or pest inspection report should contain photos of any areas that have been classified as problematic or that require immediate attention. This will help potential buyers to determine exactly what is meant in the report they have received. Photos should be able to clearly indicate any issues that have been detected and where they are located on the property.

Before enlisting anyone to perform a building or pest inspection report on a property, it is crucial to check that they are qualified and accredited to do so. This will ensure the work is done properly and according to current Australian Standards AS 4349.1 and AS 4349.3. If you would like to find out more about how any of our inspectors will be able to provide you with an easy to understand property or pest inspection report, get in touch with us today.

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