When you are buying a new home, it is easy to get carried away by the location and look of the property. A charming little house may steal your heart but, before you sign on the dotted line there are a couple of checks that you should have performed. Having the structure of the house inspected and checking for pests may seem like an unnecessary expense but consider it a wise investment in your future. You do not want to buy a house that is going to have major problems in the near future. You may think that structural problems or pest infestations are simple to pick up but that is simply not true. It is amazing what plaster and paint will conceal.
Getting a pest inspection expert in will put your mind at ease about possible pest problems. Termites are the pests that cause the most concern in Australia and there is good reason for that. Termites are often difficult to detect with the naked eye because they hide inside the wooden structures of the house. This makes them particularly dangerous because, once you can see the damage they have caused it is usually too late. A lot of people have the misconception that termite damage is quite obvious but it does take a while for the wood to weaken noticeably. A professional pest inspector has sophisticated equipment that allows them to pick up hidden termite activity.
When it comes to the structural integrity of the house, you need to be just as careful as you would be when checking for pests. Once again, structural problems are not always easily visible and it is wise to consult a professional building inspector before buying the house. A building inspector will check for more than just cracks and problems with the walls, etc. They will also check for rising damp and mould. The inspector will again use sophisticated equipment that will allow them to see hidden problems. You will also often find that the functions of building inspector and pest inspector are combined in one function. In order to get the best of both worlds, find someone that is qualified in building and pest inspection.
Consider it this way, having the house inspected is like test-driving a car – you get to see potential problems before you buy it. In the case of a house, however, you are paying an expert to test-drive it for you. Isn’t it worth the small investment upfront to ensure that you make the correct choice when choosing the biggest investment you will ever make?
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