Tips for Preparing your House for a Building Inspection
Is your house ready to be sold?
Deciding to sell your house and getting it ready to be sold can be a stressful and emotional experience. Your real estate agent can give you advice about the appearance of your home and what makes it appealing in your particular area to potential buyers. There are also many blogs and books that give great tips including:http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-Your-Own-Househttp://sellingguide.realestate.com.au/http://reia.asn.au/consumers/selling-a-property/
Listening to the advice of a professional can make all the difference on getting that bit extra. You want your house to be beautifully presented to maximise the marketability. When selling a car you want it to look as clean as possible, along with its service records. The same goes when selling property, only you don’t have a service record book, which is why a building inspection report is a good idea.
There are a few touches you can make to your house that can make all the difference, such as ensuring the inside receives a splash of new paint as well as new carpet or a carpet clean. The other parts of the house that buyers don’t see also need to be prepared and up to scratch to pass the building and pest inspection. These areas include:
under the house
in the roof space
on the roof
outbuildings: storage sheds or garage
These areas are all important and need to be considered even if they may not be visable during open houses.
For people looking to sell their home it’s a good idea to obtain a building and pest report prior to selling as this can be a useful marketing tool to potential buyers as well as benefiting the seller. Through obtaining a building and pest report it can make it quicker and easier for potential buyers to make an offer. It also provides both parties with a safety net as they already know they won’t find anything technically wrong with the house that could jeopardise the selling process.
You can choose to wait for a potential buyer to request a building and pest inspection, however, it is vital to have your house ready for the arrival of a building inspector.
Allow easy access to sub-floor areas and make sure they are unlocked and clear from obstacles.
Remove debris from under your house for easy inspection of foundation and drainage.
If the inspector cannot access these areas, it will be noted on the report.
Ensure the house is uncluttered making it easier for the inspector to look at walls and floors. The inspector is not permitted to move furnishing or floor covering due to risk of damaging items.
Allow access to inspect condition of internal flooring especially wooden floors.
Internal roof space
Allow access to roof.
Remove any items stored in the roof.
Access by a 3.6 metre ladder needs to be made possible. If the property is two storeys high, access may be possible from a second storey balcony.
If a roof is unsafe to be accessed, it may affect the quality of the report.
Book your building inspection today through our qualified building and pest specialists here at ABIS, servicing areas from Brisbane right through to the Gold Coast and learn what will get checked in your house when a building inspection is done.