5 Tips to Help You Select the Right Building and Pest Inspector | Total Inspections |
We know how hard it is to find the right building and pest inspector.
This is why we’ve created this list of things you’ll need to look out for when searching for and selecting the right building and pest inspector for you.
1. Are they Qualified?
Though this may seem like an obvious question, in South Australia, there are no formal qualifications required to perform a building inspection, so when looking at different building and pest inspectors, you need to make sure the inspector you choose is qualified to do what you need.
In Queensland, building and pest inspectors must hold a current builders licence and be licensed with building inspection and pest management qualifications. These inspectors are trained to see past the cosmetic cover-ups from previous sellers you may miss when buying your home. They will also see to it that your report is following Australian Standard.
2. Tip Number Two to Select the Right Building and Pest Inspector – What’s their reputation like?
If you’ve found a building and pest inspector but they look a little too good to be true, google them.
That way, you can check out their Google and/or Facebook reviews to see what other people who have used them think. Some businesses also post their testimonials onto their website, so have a read, see what people think and make your decision based on what you see.
If you haven’t found an inspector yet, don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family and even your neighbours about inspectors they have used. It’s always good to get a second opinion.
3. How much time is spent on an inspection?
A thorough inspection of a house or apartment should take at least 60 minutes. Still, some can take up to two hours or more depending on the size of the property, how old the house is, how easy it is to access points throughout and around the home and how thorough the inspector is.
4. How much?
The cost of hiring a building and pest inspector varies depending on the size of your home.
Though typically, they tend to range anywhere between $300 to $800, sometimes they can cost more depending on how far the inspector has to travel; if you request anything in particular, you’d like them to check out or if you get any add ons to your booking (i.e. rat traps, mice traps, insect traps, etc.).
But don’t forget, you get what you pay for.
5. Follow up support?
When searching for the right building and pest inspector for you, finding one that offers follow up support is always great. It allows the inspector to give you the rundown on anything they may or may not have found while inspecting your home and also answer any questions you may have about anything they’ve said.
It also gives you the chance to ask any questions you may not have thought of on inspection day, tell them how happy (or unhappy) you are with the service they provided, tell them about any other problems you may have found.