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Building and Pest Inspection Reports?

Discussion in 'General Property Chat' started by PatSyd, 12th Oct, 2016.

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Do you purchase these reports before you buy your property?

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  1. PatSyd

    PatSyd Member

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    Just wonder if you purchase Building and Pest Inspection Reports before you buy your property?
     
  2. Big Will

    Big Will Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what your plans are with the project, if you are going to demolish the house why get it done.

    However as I look for long term B&H I always get the B&P, I had a case a couple months back where there was 50k worth of issues so that is a lifetime of B&P reports I can get done and I am still better off.
     
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  3. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

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    Yep - a few hundred outlay for such a large investment makes a whole lot of sense.

    Cheers

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  4. Colin Rice

    Colin Rice Mortgage Broker Australia Wide Business Member

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    Definitely get them done!

    I had a recent purchase for a client whom expected 50k worth of improvements that turned into 150k so we didn't proceed with the purchase due to over capitlisation if we blew 150k on the property to bring it up to scratch.

    B&P can be used as a negotiation tool as well if repairs need to be made to the property post purchase.
     
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  5. PatSyd

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    The issue is you may not be able to win the auction in the current market so you might waste couple of thousands if you lose a few auctions?
     
  6. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    ...in which case only buy knock downs at auctions, or avoid auctions altogether. ;)

    A more difficult one would be when buying a new~ish apartment. Generally the body corp will be onto any major building defects (should be in the minutes of meetings), and any major leaks etc should (hopefully) be visible (unless it's been painted over every week)

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  7. Big Will

    Big Will Well-Known Member

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    Then you can take on the risk.

    A cost of B&P - $500
    Issues found - $50,000

    Only a slight difference...

    Your call but if nothing is wrong or you don't win it then you might feel it was wasted but if you can handle having a surprise 50k (or 150k like Colin mentioned) then don't get it.

    Just like insurance it all seems a waste until you need it then you wish you had more :)
     
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  8. PatSyd

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    You made a very good point.

    Thanks.
     
  9. jeff3002

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    We're in this same dilemma Pat. All common sense points to doing building inspections, however when 90% of places we're looking at are selling via auction, and about 50% of those going for above our price range, it'd be very easy to waste a few G's on B&P inspections.

    My question, would you still get a B&P inspection if the property had recently been renovated and re-wiring done?
     
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    Yes. Be very wary of any Renovation work as in many cases it can be bad DIY. I just purchased a property that needs $4k of work done to make the plumbing compliant with regulations. Looking into issues in the B&P plus general preference to always check gas safety led me to getting a plumber in to inspect. Other minor electrical issues were picked up and had an electrician in the check the wiring as well. Negotiated a $6k reduction.
     
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  11. Big Will

    Big Will Well-Known Member

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    I would be more inclined on a renovation as they can hide things compared to unrenovated where you can see the movement, leaks etc.
     
  12. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep - when we were selling an apartment with a damp issue, we had to literally keep painting the offending wall a day before each open :eek:

    The Y-man
     
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  13. Big Will

    Big Will Well-Known Member

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    Nothing to see here >.>