6 February 2024
Technical inspection: why it’s necessary?
Egle Kemezyte
Growth Marketer

Why do you need a technical inspection when buying a house? Also known as a building survey, a technical inspection is exactly as its name suggests—a comprehensive assessment of the property's condition and structure conducted by a technical expert.

The expert identifies any issues impacting the house's safety and durability, helping you assess the property's true value. The technical inspection generates a comprehensive report detailing findings and suggestions for repairs or improvements. Sometimes, these inspections are obligatory in licensing applications or legal scenarios such as divorces.

Why is it worth investing in a technical report?

A pre-purchase technical inspection is strongly advised. It not only saves money in the long term but also mitigates potential risks. Identifying weak points in advance prevents costly repairs and renovations for poorly structured houses, ensuring the property can accommodate modifications. While an inspection incurs a fee, it serves as an investment that safeguards against unforeseen expenses. Moving into a house and immediately facing repair costs is an undesirable scenario best avoided.

How much does it cost to have a technical inspection?

The cost of a technical inspection varies based on factors like property content, location, surface area, and individual building inspectors in the Netherlands. Typically, it ranges from €300 to €5500. Additionally, external factors such as the equipment used during the inspection can impact the cost. Inspectors with more comprehensive tools may charge differently than those with limited equipment.

Is a technical inspection required?

No, it's not required. Arranging a technical inspection before concluding the property purchase agreement is recommended. This enables the identification of potential issues, allowing negotiation for required repairs or adjustments before final commitment to the purchase.

When should I arrange a technical inspection?

Prior to finalizing the property purchase agreement, scheduling a technical inspection is recommended. This step enables the identification of potential issues, providing an opportunity to negotiate necessary repairs or adjustments before committing to the purchase.

Elements included in a technical inspection
  • Electrical system

  • Foundation

  • Flooring

  • Facades

  • Cellar

  • Sewerage system

  • Roof

  • Other visible and accessible components of the home

These findings provide you with insights into what lies ahead, empowering you to negotiate more effectively and make well-informed decisions when purchasing your new home, commercial property, or any other type of real estate.

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Egle Kemezyte
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