Frequently Asked Questions
What reports am I required by law to provide before selling my house?
As the seller of a property in the ACT, you are required to provide a pre-purchase building and compliance inspection report, pest inspection report and an Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) Statement. We offer a Seller's Package, which includes the full range of reports needed to sell your home. These reports will be attached to your contract of sale.
What reports am I required by law to provide before selling my apartment?
As the seller of a unit or apartment (Class 'A' dwelling) in the ACT, you are only required to provide an Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) Statement. Townhouses are generally not considered a Class 'A' dwelling and will need the full set of reports as described above.
Is Homebuyers Inspections covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance?
Yes, Homebuyers Inspections is fully covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance.
From the time I book, how long will it take to receive the reports?
The Standard ACT Sellers Package has approximately a total 8-10 day turnaround from the time of booking. We need to request a Conveyancing Pack from the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) which usually takes 5-6 working days for us to receive. The inspector needs these documents from ACTPLA in order to do the inspection. The final reports will be completed within 1-3 working days after the inspection has taken place, and will be released to you, your real estate agent and your solicitor after payment has been received.
If you need to get the reports done urgently we offer an Express ACT Sellers Package where we request a Fast Track Conveyancing Pack from ACTPLA which incurs an extra fee. This speeds up the total turnaround to approximately 3-4 days.
How much of the cost of the report will be reimbursed to me by the buyer upon sale?
The entire cost will be reimbursed to you by the buyer upon sale, unless you choose the Express ACT Sellers Package. In this case the standard price will be reimbursed, although you will be liable for the extra fees incurred for the Fast Track Conveyancing Pack from ACTPLA.
I have an old report, do I need to get a new report done?
All ACT building reports are valid for 180 days (6 months) from the time of inspection, as legislated by the ACT Government. If you have not sold your property in this time you will need to get an updated report done. We offer an update service for a discounted price. If any new work has been undertaken since the time of the original inspection then we will need to order a new Conveyancing Pack from ACTPLA, otherwise we are usually able to use the old ACTPLA file.
What is involved in the house inspection?
A typical house inspection will take approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the size and complexity of the house. The inspector needs access to both outside and inside the property. If you are not able to be at the property at the time of inspection we can make arrangements through your real estate agent.
How can I pay for the reports?
Payment can be made to the inspector himself at the time of inspection, through cash or cheque, or we will give you a call when the final reports are ready for release to arrange payment. We accept cash, cheque, MasterCard, Visa Card, American Express or direct debit. Please make cheques payable to “Angus Reid’s Homebuyers Inspections”.
I live in NSW, how does the reporting process differ from the ACT?
In NSW the buyer of the property organises the reports rather than the seller. Only a Building and Pest Inspection Report is required.