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The Building & Pest Inspection Clause in the New REIQ Houses & Land Contract

There is a popular misconception that getting a Building and Pest Inspection on the property you’re buying is mandatory.

Quite to the contrary, just because there is clause 4.1 under Terms of the REIQ Houses and Land Contract, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are obliged to follow through or even take it up. However, you would be extremely foolish not to.

Building and Pest Inspection & Your Contract

Nor can you renegotiate the terms (including price) of your contract if your Building and Pest Inspection Report include negative findings.

The only thing you can do is to terminate the contract by notifying the vendor in writing by 5 pm of the Inspection Date. That is not to say that your vendor may not be amenable to making good any defects or even renegotiating the price, but your Building and Pest Inspection Report is not meant to serve as a bargaining tool, rather as information to support you in making a sound buying decision.

You can terminate a contract by the Inspection Date if your Building and Pest Inspection Reports are not satisfactory to you but you must act reasonably in doing so. And this is where trouble can begin, particularly as your seller can ask you for copies of your Reports which you must provide without delay. A disgruntled seller may challenge your right to terminate the contract on grounds of reasonableness particularly if the defects included in the Reports are few and minor.

Attempts have been made to circumvent this by modifying Building and Pest Inspection clause to allow the buyer to terminate only if the defects found upon inspection are structural, or to enable the seller first option to make good any defects before the buyer can terminate.

That’s why you shouldn’t assume that the standard clause applies. It’s really important that you have your solicitor check through your contract before you sign anything.


You can contact us for more information or alternatively contact ABIS for a thorough building and pest inspection report.

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ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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