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Top 5 Tips to Pre-Selling Your Home

2015-06-03_11-28-38_01Provide your agent with the Building and Pest Report for future purchasers…

this is a great start for the sale of your property.

For peace of mind when you are purchasing or selling a property it is certainly a good idea to pre-selling building inspection, or at least bring someone through who has some building knowledge.  While no house is perfect, getting a building inspection is to make sure the home is structurally sound with no major defects.  This is also a good idea for the home seller to purchase and have on display.  It’s surprising how many people don’t think about getting building inspection or even contemplate forgoing one for the sake of saving a few hundred dollars.  Opting out of a building inspection may seem tempting on the surface when you think you can save a few hundred dollars, but making sure the building you are selling is safe, often requires minor in-expensive repairs and conforms with council regulations is absolutely essential.

1. Checking for structural issues

A structurally sound building is a must when you’re selling, not only because of safety issues but it reassures your potential buyer this you have up kept your home to a good standard, and there are no major defects.

Buildings must also conform to the Building Codes and Standards of Australia.  Have you put an extension on a home, it is essential to provide the agent with all certified plans to show they have met the Building Codes of Australia standard.  If you need a copy your builder will be able to advise you accordingly.

Getting a building inspection done before the sale of your home can help you avoid a building with any major structural issues – often repairs can be minor and fixed very reasonably.

2. Budgeting for repairs

You may feel it’s worthwhile to obtain a building report that can outline minor repairs and if your not willing to fix this, get 2 quotes from repairs to show that the cost is minor and no big costs for hidden repair issues.

A pre-selling building inspection, you know exactly what needs to be done to bring the building up to where you’d like it to be.  Then you can look at hiring a professional to give estimates on the repairs that need to be done to complete an accurate budget for repair costs.

3. Electrical wiring and smoke alarms

You must have a smoke alarm fitted in the home prior to sale.  A regulation that is essential,  for safety and house insurance.

4. Identifying unsafe areas of a home

A building inspection will reveal any areas of the home that may be deemed unsafe, in particular, the presence of asbestos and other dangerous materials, missing or loose balustrades and cracks in walls.  If you talk with your building inspector he can advise you on the regulations of asbestos.

5. Sundry Structures

The building itself is not the only part of a property that may need the keen eye of a building inspector. Did you know sundry structures including sheds and patios also have to be examined?  Local council regulations (and they vary from shire to shire) often dictate where these structures can be built and conform with these regulations.


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