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How Much Does A Building Inspection Cost?

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How Much Does A Building Inspection Cost?

by | Sep 11, 2021

Are you looking to buy a new property? One major aspect that would involve purchasing a property would be the building inspection and the building inspection costs that come with it. It checks for any evidence of structural damage and also any condition that would have led to the structural damage. Therefore, a building inspection would consider any major as well as minor defects along with any secondary and finishing elements. Invariably, it is important to get a building inspection because the condition of any building reflects the physical state of the structure and can directly be linked to its performance and therefore a periodic pre-purchase inspection of the building is important.

Therefore, a pre-purchase inspection would be a detailed report of a thorough inspection of the property that you potentially want to purchase. The building inspector would evaluate several aspects of the property like the doors and windows, balconies and driveways, wiring, roof space, and ceilings, retain walls, any illegal additions or alterations to the property and any issues found due to pests, etc.

Further in this article, we would be addressing the building inspection costs that would be incurred if you are planning on getting one done before the purchase of your dream property.

Building And Pest Inspection Costs In Adelaide

While there are no flat outright rates for building and pest inspection costs in Adelaide, the fee would completely depend on the size of the property you would be purchasing. While, on average, a smaller property would cost you anywhere between $200 – $300, a property of average size in a regional area would approximately be on the price range of around $400 – $500, and in a metropolitan area, a complete inspection would cost you around $800 – $1000.

Pest inspections are less extensive and tend to cost less. Pest inspections would cost approximately $100 – $150 over and above what you would normally be paying as the cost of a building inspection.

Getting a pre-purchase inspection definitely is an expensive process considering you would be visiting a lot more properties until you find the property that suits your requirements. However, getting a pre-purchase inspection would allow you to negotiate a lower price for the property if you discover faults or not purchase the property at all if it would involve a lot more costs for repair.

The costs and prices here are indicative and the prices would also vary from region to region and vary locally. The prices also differ depending on the market forces (like supply and demand).

Comparing Quotes For A Building Inspection

While we understand that a building/pre-purchase inspection is a crucial aspect before you consider purchasing a property, we need to consider that building inspectors are independent experts or professionals whose main objective is to inspect properties that have been requested. Therefore, they are competitively priced and that is the main reason why getting quotes would not make sense.

What is suggested would be a quote that would include and cover everything that must be inspected before you plan on purchasing a property than opting for an inexpensive cursory inspection that would not uncover all the faults. The latter option would only push you further to discover faults that you would have wanted to find prior to purchasing the property and incur additional repair costs.

When looking for a building inspector, it is always good to know that some building inspectors are more thorough than others. Therefore, to ensure you choose a good professional, you must ask them for reviews and testimonials along with whether they guarantee the reports they are providing. This process will only ensure you receive a quality report and would fast track the process.

Finally, to conclude, whether it is your first time purchasing a property or if you are buying it for investment purposes, buying a property is an exciting, yet stressful experience. Letting the building inspectors give you crucial details that you would require about the property and simplifying the buying process by comparing and going with the right building and house inspectors and the costs that come with it is a crucial aspect. We hope with this article we have covered the costs that you may incur in opting for a building inspector.

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