Buying a home isn’t a small decision, especially when it involves a great financial commitment. Therefore it is imperative for one to consider getting an inspector to carry out a “Pre-purchase Building Inspections Report” prior to committing to buying a property, as many problems may be exposed during a building inspection with possible defects only a trained specialist could detect.
For peace of mind and to ensure the home you are purchasing is structurally sound it is advisable to hire a licensed inspector for a Pre Purchase Inspection.
Your inspector will visually inspect all accessible areas of the property including the interior and exterior of the house, the sub floor, roof cavity, roof exterior, all out buildings, grounds, retaining walls and fences within 30 meters of the main dwelling.
A comprehensive but also easy to read written report of all the accessible areas inspected stating the condition of the building. The inspector also provides you with valuable knowledge and sound recommendations should defects be found.
You’re encouraged, if it’s possible, to attend the pre-purchase Building Inspection during which time you can ask your inspector any relevant questions. You should also organize for the pest inspection to be carried out at the same time.
Process of Building Inspections
Some of the more common problems inspectors encounter during building inspections are:
High moisture content to masonry walls due to rising or lateral dampness problems.
Cracking to internal and external walls due to foundation and footing movement or failure.
Bathroom shower leaks into subfloor area causing decay damage to floor framing timbers.
Spalling concrete due to rusting concrete reinforcement.
Fretting brickwork, brick mortar joints or terracotta roof tiles.
Rusted roof gutters, roof sheets, steel window and door lintels and roof valleys.
Termite or borer damage to timber floor, walls and roof framing.
Wet subfloor area’s due to insufficient ventilation, which leads to decay or mold problems to floor framing timbers, footing movement or termite problems.
Areas Pre-Purchase Inspections focus on
From the list below you can see inspection reports cover a great deal of subjects during the inspection. Reports will indicate any defects or poor workmanship. Your inspector will carry out a full internal and external inspection looking for:
Structural defects; Maintenance items; Damage that may cause Environmental and safety issues
Internally your inspector will focus on:
- Floors, Walls
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Water Pressure
- Showers – Shower Screens
- Electrical – where possible
Externally a pre-purchase inspector checks:
- Sub floor vents
- Cement sheet
- Roofing-roof tiles
- Corrugated iron
- Metal tray
- Dry rot
Outbuildings that are also inspected include Garages, Carports, Sheds and Bungalows. Finally a general overview of the site will be performed which includes Driveways, Paths, Paving, Trees, Fences, Gates, Surface Drainage, Retaining Walls, Steps.