The importance of a pre-purchase pest inspection & building inspection

Purchasing a real estate property is one of the biggest financial commitments you can make during your lifetime.  Leaving to chance that you’re buying a structurally sound and pest free property is ludicrous considering the cost of mortgages these days.

Relying on the owner or a real estate agent to tell you the property is sound is not a good idea, even if they have the best intentions.  You really need an industry expert who can carry out a pre-purchase pest inspection and pre-purchase building inspection.

Any Homes Realty on the Gold Coast, highly recommend you engage a pest and building inspector when purchasing your next property.  You can have a clause inserted into the contract that the purchase is subject to a satisfactory pest and building inspection for peace of mind.

Why do we need a pest inspection?

A pest inspection will identify if there are any white ants or termite infestations in or around the property. Termites are wood destroying insects that can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and even make a home inhabitable if left undetected.

The pest inspection will also identify any rodent infestations as well, commonly found in ceiling spaces.

Professional pest inspectors provide prospective purchasers with a comprehensive report detailing any recommendations.


Why do we need a building inspection?

A professional building inspector will assess the structural integrity of the property on the interior and exterior, looking for any damage or concerns regarding:

  • Foundations
  • Footings
  • Framework
  • Brick and timber work
  • Plumbing
  • Wiring
  • Roofs and guttering
  • Ceilings
  • Windows
  • Doors

The assessor will also be looking for signs of dampness, rot, mould and will confirm if any alterations, extensions or additions to the house have been legally built and are council approved.

Purchasers are provided with a detailed report of any findings and any recommendations the inspector makes.


As you can see, having a pre-purchase pest and building inspection done is vital to uncover any areas of concern or damage that will impact your decision to proceed with the purchase.

Whether you are purchasing a home to live in or an investment property, leaving to chance that the house is sound from defects and pests is not ideal.

The cost to engage a pest and building inspector far outweighs the costs you may incur to rid the home of a termite infestation or make the home structurally sound.

The founder of Any Homes Realty, Oxenford Margret Hallmann, highly recommends you organise a pre-purchase pest and building inspection on any property for sale you are interested in for peace of mind and to save you any unnecessary expenses in the future.

If you need help with buying, selling or investing, call Margret at Any Homes Realty and experience the boutique real estate agency difference.

The importance of a pre-purchase pest inspection & building inspection

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