Should You Get a Building Inspection for a Townhouse?

Whether you already own or are looking to purchase a townhouse, it’s important that you have a professional provide a building and pest inspection to the property.

Though some may believe that an inspection is only necessarily for a large family home, this is a common misconception.

Awareness is key in this process as the owner of the complex may not have budgeted for necessary repairs and as a buyer this can have an impact on the value of your strata.

A townhouse is also important to inspect as it can be hard to find reliable information about the history and condition of the property.

A townhouse inspection will likely evaluate a number of important aspects of your home from drainage and roofing to electrical and plumbing systems.

If you’re looking to buy, sell or maintain a property there are an array of common repairs that will prove important when it comes to the value retention of your property. 

Prior to purchasing a townhouse, common costs may extend to repairs with the exterior walls and roof whilst a pre-listing inspection is an effective way to push your townhouse to the market and find a buyer. If you have a new home, aesthetic deficits may be noticeable, though more substantial issues will require a professional eye. 

Without a thorough townhouse inspection, problems can go unresolved. In many cases the inspector will fail to actually go onto the roof of the property to assess its condition.

Inspectors will often use binoculars to look for defects, however by examining the condition from the ground it is possible to miss minute details.

As an owner it may be advisable to look towards a roofing contractor for an even more thorough assessment. Roof defects are very common on townhouses because there is a diffusion of responsibility and less pride is taken in the property than in single homes.

Again, whilst exterior maintenance is the responsibility of the body corporate that owns the complex, it’s possible and likely that they are unaware of some problems or have budgeted ineffectively.

Ultimately, a building and pest inspection is necessary for your townhouse. Ensure you do your research to secure a professional and don’t hesitate to spend money in the short term to avoid what could amount to hefty long term costs.