You’ve taken all the necessary steps to ensure this is a potential property for you, so now it’s time to get serious. Before you sign that dotted line, you’ll want to get the opinion of an unbiased professional who can take you through the condition of the property and help you avoid those nasty surprises.
As with any product or service, it’s important to do your research to choose an inspector that is right for you. After all, a subpar inspection will get you no closer to making an informed decision. So how should you go about choosing a building inspector?
Ask a friend
Chances are someone in your family or friendship circle has bought their own property in the past. Asking people you know is a great first step as it allows you to discuss how they went about finding an inspector themselves and why they decided to go with who they chose. During the conversation, ask about the inspector’s service quality, their process, their price and how quickly they were able to offer results.
Not only could this help you find an inspector that is right for you, it will also answer those questions you have about the process in general. So this is a great step for first home buyers who are new to the property buying game.
Pick a local
Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in, it’s a good idea to thoroughly research the suburb it’s located in. While you’re at it, why not find a building inspector who’s located in that area? Choosing a local will ensure you select someone with extensive knowledge of the types of properties in the suburb and the factors that may be cause for concern.
Not only will you get some insider knowledge of the community you might be joining, you’ll pick an inspector that will probably be able to offer a quick turnaround time.
Ask the online experts
To find out what a service is really like, you need to ask the people in the know: reviewers. Google reviews are a great place to get a heap of honest feedback about their experience with a service provider.
Of course, it’s important to note that it’s rare for a business to have five stars every single time and a little variation is expected. However, have a look at the written reviews and see if there are common themes that are appearing. Do many reviews rave about the friendly service, the low prices and the fast service? Or are many highlighting the lack of communication or horror stories? A one-off story may not be cause for concern, but a bunch of people saying similar things cannot be ignored.
Start a chat
Finally, once you’ve done a bit of research, select a business you think might show some potential and give them a call. Having a quick chat is the best way to get to know a business and make sure they offer the services you’re after. If their friendly, willing to help and offer the services you need at the right price, you’ve got yourself a winner.