MELBOURNE PRE PURCHASE HOUSE INSPECTION
Before you buy a building in Melbourne it’s important to know its condition beyond what you can see yourself. A qualified building inspector should inspect the building and write up a report that helps you make a sound investment decision.
The building inspection report can help you make your final purchase decision or serve as information in your negotiations with the seller.
A good building inspection report will tell you:
- if there are any major defects or structural problems
- if there has been dodgy building work or issues covered up
- if there are leaks or waterproofing issues
- what the minor defects are and what your ongoing maintenance costs will be
- what it will cost you to get the property up to scratch
Building Inspections are a Smart Investment
Building inspection costs start at just $295 but can save you thousands of dollars down the road. A properly written report tells you not only what is wrong with the property now, but what could potentially go wrong in the near future, such as a roof on its last legs or any signs of structural damage in the roof space or in the sub floor.
An Inside Look at the Building
To the untrained eye, the building you want to buy makes it look great. Its location, layout, and function may be just what you had in mind, but what you don’t know could hurt you. Without a professional inspection, you could overlook serious defects that could cost you a lot of money and decrease the value of the property. Why take a chance on making a bad investment right from the start?
Have Negotiation Power
Negotiating the price of a building should never be done blindly. Just because the building seems perfect doesn’t mean there aren’t underlying issues. Even if you still want to buy it, you should do so at a lower price than what’s being asked if the inspection report turns up problems that will cost you thousands of dollars right off the bat.
New Home Inspections
The last thing you want to find out as a new homeowner is that the home has major problems. New homeowners should be able to delight in their new purchases and feel great about it. A professional building inspection before you buy the home is the only way to know if this is the case.
New Home Inspections are Affordable
You might balk at paying yet another charge to close on your home, but this cost is well worth it. Starting at just $295, that’s only a few hundred dollars invested versus tens of thousands of dollars if the home has major issues. Think of the pre-inspection report as your ‘insurance policy’ protecting you against a bad investment.
Even New Homes aren’t Perfect
You’d think a brand new home would be in perfect condition, but they aren’t. Builders make mistakes too. Most homeowners don’t realize it until it’s too late, though. The problems often don’t appear for the first few years. By that point, the builders have moved on and are nowhere to be found, so the financial burden to fix the issues that were their fault from the start becomes your problem.
A New Home Handover Building Inspection report looks at all aspects of the new home including the interior and exterior. We leave no stone unturned, ensuring that every aspect of the home functions well, is in good condition, and is sound. We’ll look for any non-compliant work, missing components, or even damage, such as moisture or the use of subpar materials.
Our reports include inspection of:
- The exterior of the building
- Windows and Window Frames
- Doors and Door Frames
- Bathrooms, En-suites, Kitchen, Laundry, WC
- Balustrades and Handrails
- Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings
- Hot Water Units
- Rising Damp
- Moisture in wet areas
- Roof space framing structures
- Roof coverings
- Vents and Flues
- Shower recess
- Fascias and Barges
- Downlight safety
- Subfloor supports
The Inspection Report
After we inspect your new home, we’ll write up a detailed report and send it to you quickly. In the report, you’ll see anything that’s wrong with the home including minor and major defects/issues. The report will include intricate details as well as photos so that you have a full understanding of the home’s condition and any issues you need to bring up before the closing.
The Issues we See in New Home Handover Inspections
- Poor workmanship
- Sub-standard finishes
- Non-compliant building work
- Timber framing failures and inadequacies
- Slow and fast leaks from showers or baths and wet areas
- Poor external drainage or stormwater systems
- Safety hazards such as collapsing structures
- Potential Fire Hazards
- All sorts of ‘cover-up jobs
Pest Inspections are Important Too
Pests are serious problems in both homes and buildings. Whether the pests already caused damage or they are about to – you should know what’s in the property you plan to purchase. Pests can cause property damage as well as damage to your health and wellbeing if left undetected and untreated.
What we Look for in a Pest Inspection
During a pest inspection, we look for obvious pest infestation, but we also look for not so obvious signs of a potential infestation and damage. Our inspectors look for damage that’s indicative of pest infestation as well as live nests. We also inspect the area for conditions that could be conducive to pests in the future, even if they aren’t present at the time of inspection.
Our inspectors look for the following in a home/building’s exterior:
- Look for plumbing issues that could cause water retention in or near the home
- Evaluate all ventilation to ensure there aren’t any blockages that prevent proper water drainage and could invite pest infestation
- Evaluate all fences, landscaping, and outbuildings for pest infestation
- Ensure all areas can remain dry to prevent pest infestation
- Inspect overflow pipe placement to ensure the water is kept away from the home
The interior inspection includes:
- Inspection of all areas with mold, looking closely for signs of termites and wood borers
- Inspect all pipes and drainage pipes for leaks
- Look for damp areas throughout the home
- Use of Thermal Imaging Technology to look for signs of infestation
The sub-floor inspection includes:
- Inspect all ventilation, looking for possible obstructions
- Evaluate the area for water leaks
- Look for waste material that could cause an infestation
- Inspect brickwork for proper drainage
Finally, we’ll also inspect the roof structure, looking for proper ventilation and that there isn’t any moisture buildup that could cause a pest infestation as well all structural defects that may exist within the subfloor
Ring George o402 198 639 for any inquiries