There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to a decision about getting a building inspection done, and it’s entirely your choice. However, since you will be making a significant investment in the property, getting a pre-purchase inspection done is one of the best ways to identify future liabilities. An inspection can uncover defects that may cost much more to fix than the actual cost of the inspection.
In fact, you can use the report to support and effectively negotiate substantial discounts on your purchase price. You can also negotiate generous special conditions in which the seller agrees to fix the identified issues before the settlement.
If you are using auction sales and bidding on more than one property when looking for a home, getting pre-purchase inspections for all the properties can prove an expensive proposition. The other aspect is that even if you identify a fault, you would not be able to use this information to negotiate the pricing at auction.
Whether you decide to get a pre-purchase and pest inspection done depends on your personal preferences and budget. It’s essential to hire the services of a skilled and experienced building inspector as they would be able to use the right technology and their extensive knowledge in the inspection process. They will also provide a detailed report that you can use for your benefit.