Why a Licenced Building & Pest Inspector is Important
It’s a frightening concept (for other states), but Queensland is the only state in Australia that requires a pre-purchase property inspector to be licenced. Throughout the rest of Australia, almost anyone can offer their services as a pre-purchase property inspector.
The Risks of Unlicenced Inspectors
When you’re considering buying a home, particularly if you’re a first home buyer, you don’t have the experience to know what warning signs to look for before buying. An inexperienced inspector could miss the warning signs for these problems, reporting to you that there is nothing wrong with the home.
Things like structural damage, termite infestations, water damage and other defects can end up costing thousands in repairs, a cost that falls on the buyer if their inspector is not licenced.
The Benefits of a Licenced Building & Pest Inspector
To be able to do the job, building and pest inspectors need to have an experienced understanding of all building trades. This includes gyp-rocking, tiling, roofing and landscaping. It’s from a position of experience and training that an inspector knows the warning signs to look for when it comes to potentially costly defects in a home or signs of pest infestations and likely termite activity.
In the event that something is missed, a fully licenced building inspector is covered by professional indemnity insurance, protecting both the buyer and the inspector.
Having a house checked by an experienced, licenced, insured building and pest inspector can provide you with the peace of mind that you know what you’re getting into before you invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in one of the biggest purchases of your life.
Who is a licenced inspector?
To qualify for a Completed Residential Building Inspector Licence you need to fulfil a number of criteria.
- You have to have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the building industry as a builder, building surveyor, assisting building surveyor or building surveyor technician.
- Inspectors have to hold a current builder’s licence and the course certificate for their qualification.
- They have to provide referees for their experience.
- They must have Professional Indemnity Insurance.