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DIY Home Inspection

Putting up your home for sale is never an easy journey to undertake. Renovating the home to ensure it’s in the best shape and finding a sale value that is not too low or too high. Then there is letting strangers into your home to view and answering all of their questions. However, before you begin this journey, there are plenty of tasks to complete.

One good idea is to have a Pre-Sale Building and Pest Inspection conducted. This inspection will identify the issues that a prospective purchaser will find in their own Pre-purchase Inspection. We have found, over 25 years being involved with the home buying and selling process, that it is not defects that cause sales to fall through but rather the surprise discovering them during the selling process.

Even if a home has a number of problems the seller will generally get a better price by fully disclosing what the know about their home to any prospective buyer A pre-sale inspection helps a prospective buyer understand the condition of your home before making you an offer. Moreover, you as the seller want to avoid being forced to lower the selling price of your house.

Before the inspector arrives, there are plenty of checks you can do yourself to make the process easier.

  1. You can start by inspecting the walls and ceilings for any dampness and mould. These may be the result caused by leakage or moisture in the room. The skirting boards may also be affected by mould, caused by water spillage or rain. This process can extend to checking under the carpet for any damp and rotting floorboards due to moisture.
  2. Next is to check under sinks and inspect if there is any damage from rust and if there is water dripping from them. You can also give the pipes a little bit of a tug and shake to test how sturdy they are. Also, check if the cistern is working by flushing the toilet.
  3. While we’re still on the subject of pipes, there is another way to test if everything is in working order. You can turn on all the taps and monitor how long it takes for the hot water to start pouring out. This monitoring process tests not only the taps and pipes but also the effectiveness of the geyser.

These are some of the checks you can go through and note before the inspector arrives. However, it will still be up to a professional to give you a detailed report of your home. For any assistance in building and pest inspection, you can contact ABIS Building and Pest Inspection.

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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