Why It’s So Important to Get a Building Report Before Purchasing a Home
  • petebwg
  • 5 Oct, 2021

Why It’s So Important to Get a Building Report Before Purchasing a Home

Do you feel like you’ve found the ideal home for you and your family? Well, before you hand over your hard-earned cash, you may want to get a building report to ensure that everything is in order.

As professional builders in Chch, we have inspected many homes and have found various issues that potential buyers knew nothing about. So we really understand the functionality of getting a building report before purchasing a home.

Buying a home or commercial building is a huge investment. While it may look good to a potential buyer, there could be many unseen issues lurking about that only a professional builder will be able to identify. Getting a building report could save you a lot of time and money. While major problems are identified, more subtle potential problems such as moisture damage, leaks etc., are also looked at.

What’s Included in a Building Report

A comprehensive building report should include a review of the following:

  • Flooring
  • Subfloors
  • Tiling
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system
  • Overall structure
  • Bathroom and kitchen fixtures
  • Driveways and outdoor paving
  • Decks and patios
  • Water and septic tanks
  • Insects and pests
  • Spouting and drainpipes
  • Roof and ceiling
  • Water heaters and gas
  • Retaining walls and fences
  • Visible insulation
  • Foundations

When do I Need to Get a Building Report?

If you plan to buy a building at an auction, you’ll need to get the report before the auction takes place as making a purchase at an auction is seen as ‘unconditional’, and getting a building report after the auction won’t do you any good.

When making an offer at a home outside of an auction, ensure that you make it clear that your offer is conditional on a builders report and that the offer may not be valid or may be lowered after receiving a report from a professional builder.

If the conditional offer is accepted, you should get a building report done ASAP.

Are you looking for builders in Chch to conduct a building report for the property that you’re interested in? Get ahold of the team at Pete’s Construction today, and we can talk you through our building inspection services.