Pre-purchase inspection reports
In addition to inspecting a home yourself, it can be wise to have building, pest or strata inspection reports done through licensed professionals. Learn more about the process.
In addition to inspecting a home yourself, you can also have building, pest or strata inspection reports done through licensed professionals.
Inspection reports are best carried out before you finalise the sale of a home or exchange contracts. This is so you can identify problems and understand if they will affect the price of the property as well as its condition over time.
You can organise these inspections yourself; or if you're using a conveyancer, they can do it for you.
When you ask for a contract of sale, the agent must inform you about previous property inspection reports that have been commissioned.
The aim of getting these reports is to identify any significant building defects inside or outside a building, and within the roof, walls, and underfloor space.
Consider using a third-party professional, such as a licensed builder, surveyor or an architect, rather than one suggested or provided by the seller, so you know you’re getting independent advice.
A professional person will also ensure that the format and content of the report complies with the relevant Australian Standard.
Learn more about the benefits of getting a building report done before you buy a home at NSW Fair Trading.