Moving home can be extremely stressful; packing your life up and relocating to your new
dream house takes a lot of time, energy and money. The last thing you want is to discover
that you have a cockroach infestation hidden in the walls, or wasps in your roof. A pre-
purchasing inspection could save you a significant amount of strife later on.
Check before you buy
Have the inspection carried out before buying, as you never know what kind of beasts are
sneaking around. It’s entirely possible that the previous owners were completely unaware of
an infestation, so it’s always best to check. If there are any creatures present in your potential
new home, you will be able to either reconsider or deal with the infestation before damage is
done to the house.
It is also true that conducting an inspection before buying may alter the price of the property.
If the seller is aware that you may need to pay for repairs and pest removal, they will likely
give you a much more generous price on your new home.
Prepare your budget
If you know there is an infestation before moving house, you can prepare financially for the
cost of removal. This means you can consider this in your overall moving budget – there will
be no nasty financial surprises after making yourself at home!
Know what you’re buying
Some infestations are far more difficult to get rid of than others and can exist due to the
surrounding area. You should be fully aware if you are purchasing more than you can handle
and if this pest problem is going to be a recurring one.
Hire a professional
You could try to do the inspection yourself, but it is very likely that you will miss important
clues and signs of pests. In the long term, it will likely save you a good deal of money to hire
a professional initially.
his article was written in conjunction with Moving and Storage company Hire Storage.