Never listen to an agent who says you don’t need a house inspection
The sad fact of the matter is that there are quite a number of real estate agents that do what they can to make sure you avoid a house inspection at all costs. This is because they are more likely to receive a better offer if you don’t know the true state of the property. They will most likely make an absolute mint if they can convince you not to bother having a building and pest inspection… precisely because they know exactly what you’re likely to uncover if you get one.
You should also never be fooled into thinking that just because a property is newly built, it won’t have any defects to show. This is rarely the case! There are so many builders working in construction who are either young or simply inexperienced, and just don’t have the expertise needed to work with the absolute precision required to build a home. A highly experienced building inspector can expect to find 15-20 defects in any given newly built property, where older houses are likely to have as many as 20-30! These can include defects related to termite, mould, dangerous wiring, and even asbestos, just to name a few.
So as you can imagine, after learning about such issues from a comprehensive defect report, anyone interested in purchasing that property will now have a full list of repair costs giving them a clear understanding of just how much extra they would need to pay on top of the property listing. So with that information in hand, they are now in a very advantageous position to negotiate a better price. No real estate wants that.
Why your building inspector should have grey hair
There are a good number of young building inspector out there who won’t be entirely forthright and honest in their defect reports. Why? They’re far too frightened of being sued. That’s why you need to choose a veteran inspector who has the years under their belt of straight up experience, confidence, and the know-how to provide the most genuine and authentic assessment you possible. This is why you should look for the greys.