Why you need a good building inspector
Having a good building inspector will ensure that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you should proceed with a property purchase. If you don’t choose wisely, you could end up with a building inspector that does not do a thorough job and you could find that once you have possession of the property you will need to carry out expensive repairs to bring the property to an acceptable condition.
Not only will a bad inspection possibly result in expensive repairs, but it could also mean that you do not know about potentially dangerous conditions in the property, such as a poorly ventilated chimney stack or structural inadequacies.
How to find a good building inspector
The best way to find a good building inspector is to use a recommendation. If you know someone that has recently needed a building inspection, you should ask them about their experience and if it was a favorable one. If you can find people that you know who can give you a good recommendation, then it can be a good idea to choose that building inspector.
If you don’t know anyone who has had a building inspection, then you should next turn to online reviews. There are many sites online that allow you to read other people’s experiences so if you do find a building inspector, you can search for reviews about them. Remember, people will usually be very vocal about their bad experiences, but they may be less likely to place reviews about good building inspectors.
You should be careful because it is easy for businesses such as building inspection companies to post fake testimonials, so be careful that the comments about the building inspector do not seem too artificial. You can usually detect an artificial review because it will be far more complimentary than even a very happy customer may be, and usually the same reviews are copied to multiple sites.
Finally, contact your local building regulatory body. They will be able to make a recommendation about which building inspectors they recommend.