You should have building and pest inspections carried out. If you’re buying a unit, townhouse or villa, you’ll also want a strata title search. Even if you’re madly in love with the place and determined to buy it no matter what, knowing its flaws could help you knock the price down. Having the property surveyed is also a smart idea. A survey will set out the property boundaries.
A building inspector will look at the property inside and out and examine issues of fire-safety upgrading, noise transmission and waterproofing. Some faults that might be identified could include cracks in the walls, rising damp, leaking roof, asbestos in the building or drainage problems.
Once you receive the building inspection report, read it carefully. Generally, the report won’t include quotes for fixing any problems.