Purchasing your first Adelaide property is probably one of the biggest investments you’ll make – whether it’s your first home, family living space or even part of a growing property portfolio.
You’ll want to make sure that you’re fully aware of everything about the building and a handover Adelaide building inspection can save you from unexpected amounts of time, money and stress.
What is a handover building inspection?
A handover building inspection results in a report which clearly identifies any defects, issues and items which must be repaired or completed to an adequately high standard for residential construction, prior to handover of the building and at practical completion of an Adelaide property.
Often the handover building inspectors will work directly with builders or roofing contractors to alert them to exactly what works needs doing, even identifying and marking specific areas for them to note.
The inspection is generally carried out by qualified professionals who should also then provide supporting documentation with the report which you will be able to refer back to in the case that future disputes occur between you and other parties, including the builders or the vendor.
When do I need a handover building inspection?
It’s best to have a handover building inspection about a week before the handover occurs. This will be recent enough to ensure nothing major will change yet still give you a little time if any action does need to be taken.
Why do I need a handover building inspection?
Having a building inspection that is fully updated close to your handover will insure that everything is documented and could become a crucial report to refer to if any issues arise after you have moved into the property.
A handover building inspection produced by an experienced and efficient external company will also save you from dealing directly with builders or tradesmen and having to explain the findings or what needs doing. This will allow you to concentrate fully on the many other aspects of moving home that you’ll be involved with and alleviate stress for you at a busy time.
Peace of mind is one of the biggest things you’ll gain from a handover building inspection. It’s an assurance that you really are going to get what you pay for as it’ll indicate that everything is working exactly as it should be, and if not it’ll raise the alarm for you to potentially bring up issues with the vendor.
The other thing to consider is whether you have building inspection insurance.
This could leave you with room to negotiate on the price of the house or to save yourself from potential costs of being left with the repair work yourself.