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Roof inspection is one of the most overlooked aspects of a home inspection process. Much to our ignorance, it is perhaps one of the most critical aspects that could eventually turn around your buying decision. Make sure that you are present at the time of roof inspection, when you get a professional home inspector to do a review report for the potential buy. The overall condition of the existing roof installation needs to be checked along with the possibilities of any leaks damaging the roof.

07 Aug

Home Inspection Myths that You Thought Were True

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It has become common for homeowners across the country, to conduct specialized home inspections on their properties before putting them up for sale. However, any potential buyer must first understand the limitations of a home inspection. A professional home inspection service can do wonders in assessing the value of a property, and recommending repairs and renovations, but it must be acknowledged that there are many factors that a home inspector is not required to consider. Let us dispel a few myths around home inspection that many continue to believe to be true.

Home inspection professionals are required to undertake extensive examinations before they can receive their qualifications. To receive a license, a home inspector will need to be properly trained, through educational programs that not only detail the tasks they are required to perform, but also communicate important standards of practice and ethical considerations. Home inspectors offer a range of services, but they are not to be confused with a home appraisal or a building code inspection service.

Home inspections, when performed by professional and qualified inspectors, have the potential to help buyers save extraordinary amounts of money on repairs as well as costs. In some cases, a home inspection may be a catalyst in endangering the entire property deal. However, property purchase is a tricky process, and it is extremely important that both buyers and sellers protect themselves from legal risks by instituting a range of basic practices.

Most of us would assume that home inspectors would prefer clients or buyers to select inspection service of their choice instead of letting a real estate agent to choose for them. However, the truth is that a lot of home inspectors are dependent on real estate agencies to get them clients. This is often the case with large firms that have multiple inspectors working for them.

08 Jul

Steering Clear of Superficial Home Inspectors

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One of the biggest investments made by an individual or family is purchasing a home.

To make sure that you maximise your investment, you need to look for a professional and well-equipped home inspector to help you decide if you are making the right choice. The inspector is supposed to give you an honest and objective review of the entire dwelling including aspects such as weak roofs, termite infestation, clogged drains and so on.

The conventional work of a real estate agency involves getting a commission of the amount paid by the property seller.

In NSW this can vary between 2% and 3.5% - depending on where you are. So, when a house is sold for $350,000, the real estate agency can make upwards of $12,000 as commission. There are times when a specific home inspector is referred to the buyer by the real estate agent. At times, even a list of two or three recommended inspectors is provided.

24 Jun

Do Newly Developed Homes Require Inspections?

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Home inspection should be an integral part of the pre-purchase process for any home buyer.

Irrespective of whether you are looking to buy a home that is under construction or one that is already fully constructed and has had people living in it for years, inspections are necessary. From the buyer’s perspective this is not just an additional safeguard to ensure that his investment is wise, but also a means to get an objective appraisal of the home’s viability.

Studies have shown that almost two out of every five homes suffer from some deficiency or defect.

Before you consider buying a property, it is extremely important to conduct a thorough home inspection. If deficiencies are not identified prior to purchase, a homeowner may be set back by thousands of dollars, when conducting repairs relating to unanticipated issues. Part of the home-buying process involves understanding what your home inspector will or will not do for you.

10 Jun

Truth Behind Home Inspection

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When you decide to purchase or sell a property, whether it is online or through a network of friends or family, one of the most fundamental steps is conducting a thorough home inspection.

Home inspections need to be conducted by a professional that will fully comply with real estate laws and regulations.

It is a home inspector’s responsibility to create a detailed report of the property that allows potential buyers to assess it, without having to visit themselves.

Though most people get a full home inspection done before buying or selling a property, many are still not aware of what the inspection actually includes and the aspects of a home that an inspector will assess.

Professional home inspections are worth it. If you are looking to purchase a home, a home inspection can be your ace up the sleeve. You can use the report from a home inspection company to drive down the tabled bids so that you save significantly.

That being said, it is important to understand what a home inspection service can offer you.

Home inspectors are required to provide a range of services relating to the interior and exterior of a property.

A professional home inspection does not come particularly cheap in today’s market. Choosing the right home inspector will begin with asking a few straightforward questions.

If you are looking to purchase or sell a home in the Australia, you will need to engage an experienced home inspector to conduct a thorough job.

Choosing a home inspection service not a decision that you will want to take lightly. The first factor that you will want to look into is whether the home inspection companies that you are looking at perform services that are in full compliance with the Australian Standards.

11 Dec

Benefits of a Pre-Sale (Vendor) Building Report

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Selling your house can be an emotional experience. Those ‘four walls’ have housed a lot of memories and you have an investment in the property that goes well beyond monetary value.

The process of selling is therefore a big exercise. Apart from the rather daunting number of decisions you now face – how much, who with, how to – you need to step back and look at your home objectively. It helps to remain detached throughout the selling process. Easier said than done! With your inner sanctum now open to public view, it can be confronting when the response is not as gratifying as you expect. And when a potential buyer arranges a pre-purchase inspection, sometimes there are surprises you didn’t see coming.

Burglary is a crime of opportunity.

And burglars don’t want to spend a lot of time looking through a home to find things of value to steal, which is why there are obvious locations that they always check. That means that there are ways to outsmart them by hiding your valuables in not-so-obvious places, and sometimes even in plain sight.

Depending on the size and type of item, the best places to hide valuables are those that burglars don’t want to search through or wouldn’t bother with, including places that are inconvenient or difficult to search, messy, or uninteresting.

About Jeffrey

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    Resi Inspect founder Jeffrey Halpin has been a quality licensed builder for over 30 years. 

    Over 10 years ago, Jeffrey  felt it was wrong for builders to provide reports as well as quote for works to be done as it showed a conflict of interest so he became an independent Inspection Report provider.

    Jeffrey’s diligence has led him to attain several other certifications for the company so that all  major aspects related to buying, selling or renovating a home or building required reports are professionally covered.

    Resi Inspect have over 35 year experience and will not compromise their high quality ethics & services standards to their clients.

    Resi Inspect also understand that some clients may not fully understand the reports so we provide an explanatory client explanation session free.  Some clients find it difficult to relate the outcomes of the reports  to their banks or solicitors so we can assist further if required.

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