Reports and inspections should be carried out before you enter into any contract. It is important that you know as much as possible about any defects or problems that may exist with the property.
You should personally check the property you are interested in buying. Check exterior and interior walls for cracks and damage, doors, windows, floors, taps, plumbing, electrical, hot water system, roof and gutters to get a general idea of the condition of the property.
It is wise to get a Building Inspection Report completed by a qualified person like a builder or surveyor. As well as gaining advice about any problems and how they affect and will affect the property you receive a written report about the property’s condition. If problems are found you may be able to negotiate a lower price as you will have to fix the problems if you proceed with the purchase. A Pest Inspection Report is another report that will give you information about the property condition as regards pests like termites and other infestations.
It is also wise to obtain an Identification Survey Report when buying a house. It normally costs under $1,000 for a simple residence and shows where the house is in relation to the boundaries of the land, and whether there are any structures that encroach onto the land. It is different from a survey of land for a subdivision which shows only the boundaries and area. Most lenders require an Identification Survey Report. Often the property seller already has one and supplies it to you. (Most sellers will attach a copy of the Building Certificate to the contract together with a copy of the Identification Survey Report on which the certificate is based).
BS&N can arrange all or any of your pre-purchase inspection reports for you.