When considering buying a property in Western Australia, conducting a Structural building and pest inspection is important to identify any major defects or issues that could impact the property’s value and liveability. Most real estate agents will use the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) standard pre-purchase inspection annexure. This annexure will include your valid inspection timeframe so make sure to take note.
So, what is the REIWA Australian Standard Pre-Purchase Inspection, and how does it protect your investment?
The REIWA Australian Standard Pre-Purchase Inspection is designed to provide buyers with an accurate assessment of a property’s current condition and identify any major issues that could impact its value or safety. It applies to major structural defects. It’s important to note that the inspection only covers major defects and does not include minor issues such as cosmetic damage or wear and tear. The report may still highlight any minor defects that could lead to major issues if left unaddressed.
A point often overlooked is that the inspection is not mandatory but highly recommended. As a result, it needs to be requested by you, the purchaser, when you make an offer on a property. Investing in a pre-purchase inspection can provide you with valuable peace of mind and help you avoid potential issues down the line.
If major defects are discovered during the inspection and included in the report, the buyer can request that the seller make repairs or even negotiate the price. You can visit REIWA resources for more information on building inspections.
Pre-purchase building inspections should be carried out by a qualified and licensed builder, who will assess the property against a checklist and provide a report detailing any identified issues. The report may also include recommendations for repairs or maintenance to address defects.
Where do I find my Structural Inspection Annexure?
Most Real Estate Agents will use the REIWA Australian Standard Pre-Purchase Inspection for Major Structural Defect Annexure. This will be a separate page in your offer documents. On this page, you will find the latest submission date for the inspection report.
Be quick to book your building inspection! With most inspection companies booking out 7 to 10 days in advance, you must book your inspection as soon as possible.
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