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Negotiating house price after building inspection

As I have mentioned before, Building & Pest reports are the single most important thing you can do when buying a house. And when you are buying an older property like a Queenslander in Brisbane, it’s common for there to be small problems around the property.

  • 🏚 Cracked glass, broken windows
  • 🏚 Wet rot to cabinets in bathroom and kitchen sink
  • 🏚 Insufficient drainage

Provided the problems aren’t structural you can use these to negotiate a lower house price EVEN AFTER you’ve signed a contract of sale. Let’s look at this example:


There are lots of problems with this property, but they are mostly superficial.

While it might look like these are scary problems, after talking with a builder the owner found out it would only cost between $2,000 to $3,000 to fix.

They used this to go back to the real estate agent and negotiate a further $10,000 off the price!