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FAQs

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Do I need to attend the Inspection?

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No, you aren't required to be there for the inspection but are welcome to be if you like.

Turning up toward the inspection is ideal, that way if you have questions the property has already been inspected so we will be able to answer them.

The usual procedure is for the real estate agent to open up for us and attend the inspection for you.

You are welcome to discuss any concerns over the phone before or after you have read the report.

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Why can’t I do the inspection myself?

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Even if you are familiar with home construction, you still don't have the knowledge, training and experience and the specific skill of a professional home inspector, not to mention the technology available to inspectors. We've inspected hundreds of homes.

Beside the expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial non emotional third party.

If you are buying or selling a house, it's impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may alter your judgment, especially if you are selling as you most likely have lived in this property for along time.

A property inspector will provide an unbiased outside reporting of the facts.

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What if the Inspection uncovers problems?

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The report will tell you the condition of the house, including defects.

No house is perfect, it is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase.

If major defects are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have the price adjusted or ask for them to be repaired by a licences builder or particular tradesman.

Ultimately the decision rests with you, but being aware of potential problems, after viewing the report provides you with the ability to make an educated decision to go ahead or not and if you do go ahead, the price to offer.

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Do you have insurance?

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Yes. Inner west Property Inspections is insured for $1m professional indemnity and $10m public liability.

It's a safety net for our customers but we never expect it to be used.

 

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What is the Cost of an Inspection?

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Cost of an inspection depends on a variety of factors, including size of house, type of inspection, age and location of the property.

An average 3br residential home in Sydney metro would cost $495 inc. GST for building, pest and electrical inspection and report for properties up to $2m. $445 for building and inspection only and $395 for units.

Please visit our pricing page here for more details or contact us here for an exact quote. Commercial and multi unit property inspections are quoted on an individual basis.

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How fast can we get a home inspection?

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Home Inspections can usually be carried out within 12-24 hours from booking.

If you make a booking before 12 noon often we can fit you in the same day and you'll receive the building report the next morning.

If you have special circumstances - like an auction on tomorrow - we will try to accommodate you. Let us know if you're in a serious hurry.

 

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What exactly is a home inspection?

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Depending on the type of inspection, it is an objective visual, non invasive examination of the physical structure of a house, from the roof to the foundation. The above can apply to a building, timber pest, or an electrical inspection.

Or any combination of all 3.

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What Does a Home Inspection Include?

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Our inspections will be carried out in accordance with Australian standards AS4349.1-2007 (building), AS 4349.3-2010 (timber pest), AS/NZS 3000 2007 (electrical).

Subject to safe and reasonable access the inspection will normally report on the condition of each of the following areas of the property:

  • The interior
  • The roof void
  • The exterior
  • The subfloor
  • The roof exterior
  • The yard

Electrical inspection will visually report on the condition of:

(and report problem areas if any)

  • The meter box
  • The fuses/circuit breakers
  • The wiring
  • The power outlets, switches and light fittings.

The report is usually a 20-30 page document with color pictures of defects and problem areas.

The report will be emailed as a pdf usually with 24 hours after the inspection, most the time you will receive it same day.

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Why do I need a Home Inspection?

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A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make.

It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy.

That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems after your purchase.

A professional inspection and report will give you a clear picture of the minor and major (if any) defects a property has. To bypass a pre purchase inspection is risky business, especially with older properties. And inspection costs between 0.04% of the purchase price of a property. Cheap peace of mind indeed.

If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale and eliminating or at least minimising their opportunity to use the building report as a negotiating tool.

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Is there a contract to sign?

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Not so much a contract but you need to fill out the booking form here and agree to our terms and conditions when booking an inspection here.

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When should I expect to receive my inspection report?

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If you are on a time deadline, you should let us know so we can arrange an inspection and report sooner. Let us know in the comments section of the online booking form here.

In general, we will deliver the report by email within 24 hours of the inspection, most times same day.

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How long will the Inspection take?

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The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the property.

For most homes, 1 hour to 90 minutes is typical.

For larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take slightly longer.

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Who should get a Home Inspection?

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  • Buyers (Pre Purchase Inspection)
  • Sellers (Pre Listing Inspection)
  • Private sellers (Pre Sale Inspection)
  • Investors (Pre Purchase)

or anyone interested in the current condition of their home.