Building and Pest Inspections What to Expect

by RobertKeith

Buying a house can be a significant investment; you can’t afford to get it wrong. It is, therefore, imperative to have the building inspected before making the purchase.

A building and pest inspection can help identify the presence of pests and possible building defects and can provide solutions to those issues. Here are some things you need to know about Building and Pest Inspections.

What does a building inspection entail?

It is possible even for a new house to have problems that could compromise its stability. The plumbing or electrical works can also be defective. It is therefore essential to have a professional inspect it to avoid unpleasant surprises. The inspection will involve checking both the inside and the outside to identify any problems or defects which could be present. Some of the things the inspector will look out for are:

• Cracks on the floors and walls.

• The functionality of the doors.

• The state of the plumbing system.

• The integrity of the electrical system.

• The condition of the roof.

Importance of building inspection

• It helps in making sure that the house is safe to live in.

• It helps you in deciding whether or not to buy the house.

• If the problems are manageable, you can negotiate with the seller to reduce the price.

• It brings the issues to your attention early enough to be able to plan for renovations and repairs.

• It helps in preventing safety hazards and other major defects which may arise in future.

What is a pest inspection?

Pests can be unsightly and if not controlled they can cause destruction of property leading to serious losses.Moreover, some pests such as rats and cockroaches can cause potentially dangerous diseases to human beings. It is therefore critical to have a pest inspection before moving to a new house to determine whether it is infested and if it is to come up with measures on how to control these annoying creatures. The inspection entails checking both inside and outside for any signs of infestation. It targets the hotspots and the entry points like the attics, garages, crawlspaces and the kitchen. 

Pest Control Worker Spraying Pesticides
Pest Control Worker Spraying Pesticides

Importance of a pest inspection 

1. It helps you to decide whether buying that house is a good idea or not. 

2 It gives you peace of mind knowing that your home is safe. 

3. It prevents further damage by pests. 

4. It helps in identifying the kind of pests present to be able to come up with the best ways to deal with them. 

5. It helps reduce the costs that come with pest destruction. 

6. It helps you to come up with measures to prevent pest-related diseases

Why you need to seek the help of a professional for building and pest inspection 

1. It saves time

Building and pest inspection could take long hours of your time if you decided to do it yourself. However, professional inspectors have experience in doing this kind of job, and it will only take them a short time. 

2. Use of better technology

Some defects and cracks can be hard to notice by barely using your eyes. On the same breath, it can be challenging to identify the presence of pests especially if their hiding places are not straightforward. Professionals, however, have the right equipment to ensure that no stone is left unturned. 

3. Prevent further damage

If pests are not detected in good time, they can lead to costly damages. Also, if some problems in the house are not identified early enough, you might have to dig deeper into your pockets to have them rectified. By getting a professional, you have an assurance that the problem will be solved once and for all. 

4. Professional advice

Since professionals have dealt with similar issues before, they are aware of the best way to go around them. They will, therefore, offer you advice on the best pest control methods and possibly a free quote of what that could cost you. 

While it might be exciting to purchase a house, it can be disappointing to realize that it is infested with pests or has serious structural issues long after you have moved in. Rectifying such issues might cost an arm and a leg and may leave you feeling cheated. Thus there is need to have building and pest inspections to ensure that everything is in order before you commit yourself.

Updated: 05/30/2018, RobertKeith
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