Is a building and pest inspection always necessary?
The short answer is YES, absolutely, otherwise you are leaving yourself open to buying a home that is unsafe or could be infested with termites. When choosing a company to carry out the inspections on the property be sure to check they are fully licensed, qualified and insured. Otherwise the report may be worthless. Ask your real estate agent or solicitor to recommend someone they have used in the past. Gold City Pest Services guarantees to deliver thorough and independent inspections, reports and advice, by licensed, qualified inspectors. All technicians are insured so you are fully covered.
Pre Purchase Inspections carried out as per Australian Standards: AS4349-3. A pre-purchase building inspection is a visual appraisal of the condition of a property highlighting existing defects or areas of concern; however it is not a warranty against future defects.
If there are particular parts of the property you are concerned about (e.g. the roof), you may wish to get a more detailed report from the appropriate expert (e.g. plumber, engineer).
You should be present when the inspection is being done. Make sure you understand the scope of the inspection (what the inspector will and won’t look at) and the inspector answers any questions or queries you may have before purchase.