The one word answer is: absolutely.
The summarized reason is: It is worth having someone who isn’t invested in the outcome to take a closer look at the property to avoid problems and extra costs down the track.
Extended reasons:
  1. You will know the exact condition of the property - Buying a home or investment property is one of the biggest purchases you will make in your life. It is a decision that will stick with you for many years to come. Building and pest inspections are vital, they offer you peace of mind and provide you with a true indication of the building/property’s condition, saving you emotional upsets and money.
  2. It can actually save you money - One of the main reasons why people might not want to carry out a building and pest inspection is because they see it as an added expense. On the contrary, spending on building and pest inspection is going to save you money. Knowing the current state of the building will prepare you for your next move. Identifying anu issues early will give you a head start.
  3. The resale value of the property will increase - A property’s value is largely influenced by its condition. A dilapidated home will cost considerably less than a home that is well maintained. When you do a building and pest inspection, you can increase the resale value of your home or building. By doing the necessary repairs, you will be able to maintain the structure of the property and increase its value. Without a building and pest inspection, you might not be aware of the necessary repairs and consequentially the value of your home will depreciate.

On the day of inspection, you are aiming for a buyer to walk in your front door and go from observer to owner. Seeing their bedroom, their artwork on your walls, claiming ownership of the kitchen, the study, the fantastic outdoor entertainment area. So these tips are designed to help you do your best to make your home as welcome as possible: 

  1. Mow that morning if you can - nothing like the smell of a freshly cut lawn. 
  2. The first impression inside the front door should be roomy, and airy. Remove work boots, school ports, clumsy furniture etc . 
  3. Pets need to be not seen and not heard (disregard if you have fish or a budgie). Your future buyer may be an animal lover but there is no point taking the chance that they are not. 
  4. That means no pet bowls, toys, cat or dog hair on the lounge. 
  5. Just about every woman goes through the home in this order, kitchen, bathroom, laundry. Make them spotless, roomy, sparkling. 
  6. We are made up of different senses, so activate the right kind of smells, bake some muffins, brew some coffee anything that says, stay awhile and enjoy my place. 
  7. They will look in your wardrobes and cupboards. So declutter long before the house goes on the market. 
  8. Invest in a few coordinated cushions, throws, vases, knick-knacks or bedspreads etc to give a flow and tied-together look. Keep them for inspections so they will look fresh and clean. 
  9. Freshly cut flowers or flowering pot plants strategically placed can draw eyes away from any negative feature. 
  10. Interesting old photos, art or books placed in a relaxing room, can encourage your visitor to linger and absorb the feel of your home. 
  11. It is always a good move to put on some soft relaxing mood music. 
  12. Then ask yourself, if I was a buyer, where else would I look? Then go and tidy, declutter or sort out those areas as well.
The one word answer is: absolutely.
The summarized reason is: Less pressure on you and more money in your hand. Extended reasons:
  1. Being driven to find a buyer for your home because you have signed on the house of your dreams, creates stress on the whole family. Anxiety instead of anticipation fills your days, 
  2. Sellers are reluctant to sign extended contracts because you have yet to sell your home. 
  3. Having sold your home, you are in a more informed position to go shopping for your next home. You know how much you can spend, and can stay within your projected budget. 
  4. Your buying position Is stronger as you are in a stable position and therefore there is room for negotiations when buying your next home. 
  5. If you have no time frame for selling, then you can put that preferred price on your home and look at each offer on their merit. Emotional decisions can be the wrong decision. This way you are making the most of your selling position. 
  6. If you sell with a longer settlement date, you have that extra time to be sure you have found your right home. Obviously, while your house is on the market, you are busy researching to find your next home.

Pullenvale is a prestigious outer western suburb. It is characterized by its rural profile with large areas of bushland, acreage properties and elegant homes. 

Although occupancy dates back to the late 19th century, Pullenvale now is a modern rural community, roughly 15km from Brisbane's CBD. Families occupy over 50% of residences, with the majority of homes being stand-alone houses. Think Pullenvale, think prestige. 

Bardon, an elegant, grand old suburb named after Bardon House built by architect Joshua Jeays. Its most recognizable landmark is the water tower built in 1927. Its most noteworthy residence is Government House on Fernberg Road built in 1865. 

Close to Mt Coot-tha and Brisbane Forest Park, means leisure opportunities are a stone's throw away. Close to most major connecting roads in and out of the city, all amenities are a short drive or walk away. Its neighbouring suburb of Paddington is unequalled in reputation for boutiques, antiques and catering for eclectic tastes. 

Being such an old suburb, as well as having such a hilly topography, house blocks are small to medium-sized with original workers' cottages and Queenslanders the predominant styles. 

Bellbowrie really is an outlying community. Close to the Brisbane River and once part of the bush and farmland surrounding Moggill, it is now a peaceful, rural location with a reasonably good commute to the city. It is close to the upgrade Ipswich Motorway via the Moggill Ferry. It is also a recreational and shopping hub for the more rural areas that surround it. 

Recently, subdivision and residential development has increased. It has public transport and is just 16.5km from Brisbane's CBD. The majority of homes are families with children in stand-alone dwellings. Its bushland character gives scope to the creative when it comes to housing styles. 

Nestled in the foothills of Mt Elphinstone, Brookfield is known for its acreage properties, farms, and the predominant housing is large and luxurious homes on spreading acres. With a mixed history of timber, gold mining and dairy farms, it has retained that country feel hosting the Brookfield Show for well over a century. 

It is a popular destination for weekend drives and country activities and being only 14 km from the CBD of Brisbane. The limited number of lots in the area will ensure Brookfield retains its status as one of Brisbane's premium suburbs. 

Upper Brookfield is a sought-after area for horse breeders and is a breath of fresh country air. With a state school and localized transport, it is a great location for those who want a tree change, or a looking for a place where there is a lot of natural vegetation and space between their home and the neighbours. 

Just a short distance from city mayhem, Chapel Hill remains connected to its rural origins Big trees with shady canopies, close to bushland, it is yet to feel any urban impact. Big-sized blocks with cul-de-sacs almost designed for neighbourhood cricket are plentiful. Close-by are the many bike paths and walking tracks of the Mt Coot-tha nature reserves. A firm family favourite, this green, leafy suburb has a character uniquely its own with an eclectic mix of weatherboard homes new brick and tile houses. 

Many families are buying to renovate and bring life back to existing homes which means continued increase in growth and value. Being close to the city means steady growth and a stable market. 

Chuwar is not as well known as its surrounding suburbs which gives it a charm of its own. If you are looking for picturesque, country life along the Brisbane River, then consider this little gem. Just past Mt Crosby, Chuwar is a great mix of farms, pole homes, homesteads and retreats. Its hilly nature means there are extensive views to take advantage of. The Warrego Highway runs parallel to this country area making commuting to Brisbane and Ipswich equally convenient. 

Karana Downs is a lifestyle with acreages set in gorgeous bushland in the foothills of the D'Aguilar Ranges. Ipswich and Brisbane are still accessible for commuters, yet you truly leave the city behind when you drive into Karana Downs. Serenity, with the Brisbane River slowly making its way through the suburb, it has become a sought-after locality. There are modern brick and tile homes as well as Queenslanders dotted throughout the countryside and many close to park and the golf course. It really is the location to get out and get active. 

The suburb was first established as the professional suburb of Brisbane. The prestigious and individual nature of the homes still reflects that today. Complete with shopping villages, taverns and city lights in the near distance, it is a short drive from the open parks and country drives of Moggill, Brookfield, Mt Coot-tha and the scenic Brisbane River. 

Kenmore maintains its reputation as a family suburb with a large proportion of its population in stand-alone home comprising of family households. Its age means that the original homes are receiving well-deserved face-lifts and tender, loving renovations. 

Kenmore is about 11km from the Brisbane CBD and has benefited greatly from the direct access of the Centenary Highway both in and out of the area. Parks, playing fields and outdoor activities contribute to the contentment of resident families. With boatramps into the river and horse riding facilities in Fig Tree Pocket, all sporting tastes are easily accommodated. 

The demand for inner city suburbs will never decrease and Kenmore will always be attractive to those who like to live on the edge. That is the edge of the country as well as the edge of the city. 

The name is a derivation of the Aboriginal word "Magil" meaning water dragon and its history goes back as far as 1847. A very foreseeing farmer named Henry Stanley began the Moggill Ferry Service just 30 years later. Operated under Council supervision it is now a privately owned ferry service once again. 

Although farms are still in existence, Moggill is seeing more urban development as family seek out the quiet semi-rural lifestyle. With classical Queensland homes resting comfortably between modern brick and tile, it is still a green suburb with parks and designated green areas. 

Its neighbouring suburb of Bellbowrie is close enough, that residents of both suburbs make ready use of their different facilities. 

Colleges Crossing and the Brisbane River are major features of this country suburb. Nature dominates, with native wildlife at your backdoor and birds aplenty amongst the trees. Mt Crosby is an outlying suburb of Brisbane's west, and hills are the predominant feature. This has encouraged a diverse and picturesque landscape including pole houses built to access the stunning river views. Kayaking and fishing on the Brisbane River are popular pursuits of the locals. 

The village of Mt Crosby was developed in 1892 to service the needs of a steam-powered pumping station, which used to supply water to Brisbane and Ipswich. While some things have remained the same, Mt Crosby offers all that today's modern family could ask for in semi-rural living.

Home, until recently to UQ's Veterinary Science farm, Pinjarra Hills has the Brisbane River as one border with crows able to fly straight across the river to Jindalee and Westlake. Pinjarra Hills' locals use the convenience of Kenmore and Bellbowries for shopping and schools. 

The residents of this outlying suburb think big, with many properties housing horses, tennis courts and pools. Another country location that makes commuting to Ipswich or Brisbane an easy possibility. 

Think St Lucia, think University of Queensland the biggest landholder in the suburb, spreading over 114 hectares of prime real estate, on the edge of the Brisbane River. 

An old, prestigious suburb that many take seriously because of its higher education facility, St Lucia has magnificent homes and old majestic trees. Residents are able to access University's riverside bike-paths, feed the ducks in the artificial lakes or play tennis and swim in the superb sporting facilities. 

Naturally, being an old and established suburb close to a huge congregation of young, discerning uni students, St Lucia has that special street that caters to the discerning tastes with eateries and shopping strips. 

St Lucia practically is the CBD, therefore the majority of residents are singles or couples without children. A third of the suburb has family households but with units accounting for nearly 55% of the dwellings, shared accommodation provides a great investment opportunity to the astute buyer. Considering the higher modern unit percentage, St Lucia still maintains that gracious colonial feel, with wide green leafy streets and homes that the person walking past just knows could tell a story or two of a long gone era. 

Toowong is an integral part of the city of Brisbane. With large shopping centre located directly over Toowong Railway Station and within sight of the Brisbane River, it is a location when the new has met the old and they do very well together. 

The heritage-listed Regatta Hotel on Coronation Drive and the iconic Royal Exhange Hotel (locally known as the RE) in High Street sit in harmony with Australia's leading bilingual-bicultural school, Toowong State School. This primary school teaches in two languages, Auslan and English. It integrates deaf children with their hearing classmates and the children have a signing choir, which has performed at sporting events and celebrations. 

Households are extremely varied in this suburb, with families, group housing, singles and couples without children to be found throughout weatherboard homes, modern apartment buildings and townhouses. House blocks vary considerably, as is typical of inner city habitation.

Be warned. It is a complex process and while it may save you money, it may not do your sleep and stress levels a whole lot of good. 

When you consider that nearly 60 different areas of the law could make some sort of difference to the purchase of your property, for the novice, that could mean hidden traps. The conveyancing process includes managing tasks such as preparing contracts, exchanging sale contracts, arranging registration of title documents and attending property settlement. 

You would be on your own when it comes to:

  • Conducting extensive searches into the land title, development plans, council zoning, and any restrictions and ownership interests on the property 
  • Ensuring the transfer of ownership to you stays on track and assist with ensuring that both sides of the party fulfil their obligations 

    Not to mention the extra excitement of wrestling with issues of property measurements being different to the title, lost titles, or dealing non-Council approved structures and additions. The list could go on for some time. 

    Remember this all has to be done by a certain date, and you are also under the added pressure of working on getting your finance approved.

    A solicitor or conveyancer are the experts who easily navigate you through the perilous waters of writing cheques, signing modified documents and all the legal process that is involved in transferring of one property into another's ownership..

    Conveyancers specialise in property law and have specific training and skills in all areas relating to the sale and purchase of real estate.

    A solicitor, meanwhile, is trained to advise clients on their legal rights and obligations in a variety of circumstances, including the buying and selling of real estate and the conveyancing process. Choosing one or the other is ultimately a personal choice.