Are you a little anxious over your upcoming building inspection in Perth?
Don’t worry, with the proper time taken, care and processes implemented you will be able to walk through your building inspection easily.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prepare for your upcoming building inspection. Today, we are parting with some of our advice to help you maximise your chances of getting a great price for your home.
Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the property
No one likes the sight of clutter. That is especially true for the building inspector viewing your property. You want to ensure that it is easy to manoeuvre both inside and outside of your home. Remove any clutter inside or outside of your home, clear your gutters and trim your hedges.
Clear all the access areas of the house
It is a vital role for a building inspector to inspect your entire house, including areas that are less used or completely obstructed by clutter. Our advice is to clear up anything that may get in the way of your electrical box, water heater, air conditioner, furnace and attic. Neat, tidy homes also look better, and have a better chance of getting a higher price valuation on it too.
Ensure everything works
If something is not functioning in your house, fix it! This includes light bulbs, doorbells, sinks, taps, toilets, power outlets, windows and appliances. There are several issues that are really simple to fix, and doing so will reflect well on the final inspection report.
Resolve or fix any known issues
Are you aware of the property having water damage, mould, or electrical issues? We recommend getting them fixed by a professional prior to your booked inspection. If you choose to ignore these issues, it can result in prospective buyers walking away from your house or possibly re-negotiating a lower sale price.
Take a closer look at your garage and basement
The often overlooked areas of the house – the garage and the basement. Because they are the least considered, we often notice clients having cracks or leaks there. Sometimes left unattended for months on end. Be sure to have a look as this could be a sign of a water issue or more serious structural damage.
Provide necessary documentation that is available
Give all the documents on-hand to your inspection company so that they can easily make their way through the home. It is helpful in giving us a clearer picture of your property condition.
Expect to be out of the house for 3 hours
There are some cases where your building inspector may request that you and your family leave the property for the inspection, especially if the buyer is present. This allows for more transparent conversation, and for the buyer to feel at ease. Block out at least 3 hours for your inspection to be out of the house.
At BCIWA, we understand that selling your home is a big step. We recommend that you ensure everything is in order for the building inspector to complete a full pre-purchase inspection the first time around. If you want to chat to us about an inspection, be sure to email us today. If you are a buyer, we recommend reading our article on why you should consider engaging an inspector before you commit to purchase. Either way, we wish you all the best!