Making Your Decision After the Inspection

An inspector's role is to identify problems, not give estimates on costs of recitifications.

If major building problems are identified in the report and if time allows, it is preferable to obtain 3 written quotes from specific specialists for repair or rectification.

Make a list of any significant problems also the items that have been replaced or rectified and weigh one against the other. The majority of buildings have problems to varying degrees, also take age and price into consideration when making your decision

  • If major problems are found that are likely to cost more than you have budgeted for, then you must consult an expert in that particular field for a quote (preferably written on their letter head) with guarantees. Obtain at least 3 quotes for a reasonable comparison. It is then up to you armed with quotes to determine if the property is still worth what you are paying for it.
  • Never request a seller to rectify problems that have been identified in the report. Also do not fall into the convenient trap of asking the Agent or seller for a recommendation of someone to give a quote or guesstimate on fixing problems. They both have an interest in a sale and are very unlikely to have it rectified to a long term acceptable standard to you. You will only find out after you have moved in that the fault has not been properly fixed, then it is too late and becomes your problem, at your expense!
  • All is not lost if major problems have been identified in the report. The severity of the problem must first be determined, the inspector should, with their experience be able to help with this. Sometimes a problem may in your view be a major problem, when in reality it is not and in some cases can be easily rectified without a great deal of expense. When in any doubt, contact your inspector.
  • When you have made your decision, contact your legal representative and inform them, so they can act in whatever manner on your behalf or if required, request an extension to allow time for further searches to be carried out.
  • Always remember whatever problems found by the inspector may affect you when reselling the property, unless they have been rectified at your expense!

The perfect house to suit everyone has not been built, yet!

Contact Peter Weddell at QLD Home Buyers Inspection Service on 07 3222 4383, to book your professional and fully licensed property and building inspection.