Remote inspection

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  1. KingBendtner

    KingBendtner Well-Known Member

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    Hi All
    I am a Melbourne-based investor looking to buy my next IP interstate.
    Other than the official Building and Pest inspection, do any of you know any (paid) service that can do a remote viewing on my behalf for inspecting a property etc.?
    He/she will need to take pictures/videos/notes regarding the property inspection and report back to me with quick note/phone call to discuss etc.
    I can only think of services like Airtasker.
    Any pointers are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Propertunity

    Propertunity Well-Known Member

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    How about a Property Manager from a local RE agency? - preferably the one you will be using to manage the property.
     
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  3. D.T.

    D.T. Specialist Property Manager Business Member

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    We do this at both our Adelaide and Northern Gold Coast offices , both for interstate buyers and for some BA's as well.

    If you're buying unseen interstate, you're missing the interaction with the agent, how many other people were there, what maintenance issues you saw etc, and these can all affect your negotiations and purchasing outcome.

    We aren't BA's,ie we're not sourcing the property - but what we do is look at the property for them to save them the trip over, take some photos/videos and email back some feedback on the property, as if they had gone to the open themselves. The feedback should include things like, what the section of the suburb is like, what the street is like, what the house is like, what it might rent for, any repairs or upgrades needed to make it rentable, recommended maintenance stuff (with the disclaimer that we're not building inspectors obviously), what type of tenants it might attract, etc

    Eg we went to one and there was no one else there and the agent (knowing that I'm an agent) confided in me that he was kinda desperate. The buyer was able to put in a competitive offer as a result, otherwise he'd only go by what the agent says on the phone which is obviously all favourable stuff.
     
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  4. KingBendtner

    KingBendtner Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advise Alan. Pleasantly surprised to hear that this is even possible.
     
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  5. KingBendtner

    KingBendtner Well-Known Member

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    100%. nothing beats being 'on the ground' yourself to get a 'feel' for the street/neighbourhood, and the property/inspection itself, agent's body language, chit chat, the crowd, etc. The key thing is, I want someone who can inspect the property as if they're going to buy it for themselves (as an IP, rather than owner occupier)
     
  6. Bunbury

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    Wouldn't it be cheaper and more sensible to just fly there yourself and get a feel for the property and the area? Domestic airfares are generally pretty cheap these days, especially so considering the financial outlay required to purchase a property.
     
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