What A Property Inspector Will Do
So, you’ve been invited to inspect the new property. You’re excited, you have a legal document (usually called a ‘statement of responsibility’) and…you start to cross your fingers. The inspector is an expert in his field, he’s done it all before and so you know you can trust him – after all he’s done it all before! Well, hang on to your hands sunshine! The inspection isn’t going to be as easy as you though it would be. Let me explain why and how.
First and foremost, when you say ‘property inspection’ to a professional property inspector, they automatically think of a dry run. It sounds easy enough – walk round the block once, OK? But in fact, conducting a real-life property inspection takes time, preparation and expertise, not to mention an enormous amount of common sense. A truly effective property inspector would never take a job like this lightly and will probably have many ‘concerns’ about the condition of your property which they would like you to find out about before they inspect it.
The typical property inspector would ask a number of questions to which you would have to provide satisfactory answers. For example, the inspector may ask you if there are any signs of damage or repairs, or if you have any evidence that water damage has occurred. If you say yes to these questions, the inspector will record the information and possibly decide whether you should look at the possibility of some form of restoration. If he decides you don’t have sufficient evidence to suggest that a restoration is required then he’ll ask you whether you recognise the likely impact such a restoration would have on your property and whether you feel your home would be uninhabitable following such a restoration.
On the other hand, a really effective property inspector will ask you a series of questions. These questions would aim to give you an idea of what condition your property might be in if you were to sell it; and, more importantly, whether selling it would be a prudent decision. To carry out this inspection, the property inspector would want to know whether the property you’re looking at is currently marketable. This means that he wants to make sure that a prospective buyer for your property can afford the property, as well as ensuring that you are, in fact, a good buy. You see, the value of a property reflects the price you can get it for; and a property inspector would be looking to make sure that you won’t be getting taken for a ride. His basic concern is that you’re not getting a raw deal when you part with your hard earned money.
Property inspectors also check to see whether or not the condition of the property conforms to local building regulation code. This ensures that your property conforms to the building laws of your local area, which should ensure your peace of mind when you go to look at the property. It also ensures that the property has a good safety record. Many property inspectors will carry out a similar inspection of the property you’re interested in to ensure that it meets building regulations; this is because they often work in conjunction with local councils. This is a good way to establish that your potential home is safe, in terms of structure and safety.
As well as safety, your property’s condition must also be sound. A good property inspector will carry out routine maintenance checks on both the structure and the general condition of your home; this is vital as you don’t want to be buying a home and discovering some major issues in the future. A great property inspector will carry out such checks on your property using the most up to date methods and techniques, along with carrying out the checks on your behalf by using duplicate agents. This enables you to relax about the fact that a qualified professional is assessing your property.