If you are considering purchasing or selling a house, home or investment property make sure you get one of BSure’s experienced Auckland property inspectors to check it out for you first. We can give you peace of mind by providing you with an unbiased, same day report which is easy to understand.
BSure has worked with hundreds of property buyers over the years- find out what some of our happy customers have to say!
Still not convinced…here are the top 3 mistakes that potential home buyers make. Let BSure Property Inspections help you avoid the pitfalls that come with buying a home.
1. They don’t have a home inspection before they commit to buy
Many Kiwi’s view the cost of a Building Inspection as a waste of money. Bringing your old fishing mate Bob who has done a little DIY over the years to inspect your potential home, which is costing you thousands and thousands of dollars, is not enough! Buying a home is likely to be the biggest investment of your life so don’t take chances. It takes a trained eye to be able to see the problems that can exist in a home and you need a qualified building inspector to investigate the property for any potential maintenance, water tightness or structural issues. Let BSure give you the facts in a clear, easy to understand format, before you sign on the Sale and Purchase Agreement dotted line or include a Pre Purchase Inspection as a condition of purchase.
Don’t rely upon the vendor’s comments that the old, rickety roof is “sweet as” have it checked professionally. Also, don’t rely upon verbal agreements with the Vendor or Agent to rectify any issues or undertake any maintenance work on the property prior to settlement. Make sure that it is included in the further terms of sale.
2. They think that pre-approval is the same as finance approval
That slip of paper that you hold in your hand stating that you have been pre-approved by a bank or broker to borrow a certain amount of money does not mean that you can bid at an auction or sign a Sale and Purchase Agreement without a finance condition.
Yes they are willing to lend you a certain amount of money but they need to make sure that the property you want to buy is sound. They may in fact stipulate that you must have a Building Report. If they do not approve of the property, there could in fact be so many things wrong with it that are not visible to the human eye, they may either request that you pay a higher deposit or worst case scenario decline your loan despite you having a pre-approved loan in place.
3. They fail to budget for unexpected costs
Home buyers are not always aware of all of the costs involved in buying a property. Depending upon the property that you want to buy there may be other costs that aren’t even included on the following list:
- Builder’s Report
- Legal Fees
- Lender’s Mortgage Insurance Premiums (LMI) and loan application fees
- Conveyancing Fees
- Other legal considerations, such as a will or Trust Fund
- Property Rates
- Moving Costs
- Property Insurance
- Connection Fees such as electricity, gas, broadband
- Registered Valuation. This is often required by the bank so that you can get finance approval
- Cleaning Costs
Purchasing a home usually means having a mortgage so make sure that you give yourself a good start by setting aside money for additional costs so that you are not caught short when you have to settle on your purchase.
Okay so you’ve bitten the bullet and confirmed that you will have a Building Inspection, so what can you expect from the report?
Interpreting a Building Report
Here at BSure we can offer you an unbiased report. We are not selling the property, are not aligned with any estate agents nor want to rectify any building problems. This means that we conduct the report solely for you and your use. When you look at the report remember that our inspectors are trained to find faults, so don’t be disheartened when they produce a long list. Identify the major faults but don’t let minor faults that are easily repaired bother you too much.
BSure’s Building Reports are comprehensive, yet easy to understand. You don’t need a degree in rocket science to make sense of it! However if you are unsure of something we are always more than happy to clarify things for you. We can also email the report to you on the same day as the inspection. So what are you waiting for?