pre purchase building inspections lilydale & croydon


Buying a property is one of the most significant decisions you will make in your life, and is not one to take lightly.

There is a long and complicated process that goes into buying a new property. Firstly you need to obtain finance and work out your budget, then the search begins.

Once you have a shortlist of properties, its time to attend inspections/open homes. After finding the perfect property, it’s strongly recommended to get a house inspection.

A building inspection report lets you know of any faults with the property before signing a contract and is essential as it allows you to withdraw from the deal if there are significant faults found

This can potentially save you a lot of money if structural defects are found.

If a significant issue was discovered and you chose not to proceed with the sale, you would be legally liable for the deposit, any legal fees and the finance approval fees if you did not have a clause in your building contract, SUBJECT TO BUILDING PEST INSPECTION.

A Building inspection report often seems like an unnecessary cost, and one that can be avoided. However, with the significant amount being spent, sometimes in the millions, its one of the best investments you can make

Getting an independent building inspections Melbourne report conducted allows you to avoid the risk of the vendor omitting known defects, trying to ask for the highest price.

It’s similar to when buying a used car, a lot of sellers don’t disclose faults. However, a home inspection lets you know exactly what you are getting ahead of time, and ensures no nasty surprises will surface later on.

Are Sub Floor Inspections Necessary

This type of inspection is often overlooked due to accessibility and access problems but it is an important part of the building inspection as there may be moisture or structural defects and presence of termite damage.

A sub floor inspections report is crucial as it will identify the existence of water damage to sub floor timbers that may cost thousands to repair.

An easy way to determine if the sub floor condition is below standard is to see if the floorboards are squeaky. If so, the most obvious reason is that the joists under the floor are uneven or are not sitting on the stumps.

This was a problem with a house we inspected in Lilydale recently .

The client had bought the property 12 months ago and could not understand why the floor boards were “bouncy”

What we discovered was that the bearers were not sitting on the stumps therefore creating bounce to floor also the timber stumps required replacing due to rot.

The rectification cost was $15,599 money that he had to borrow ,if only he had got a building inspection he would have saved himself a lot of money.

If you buy a house you require a Building Inspection Report.

Are Roof Inspections Required?

Leaking buildings could have been avoided by conducting roof inspections. Over the last 20 years, people have now come to realize the importance of having a property inspected before submitting an offer, and roof inspections are regularly carried out to detect any structural issues or defects with water.

A roof inspection will identify any potential problems before purchasing the property such as termites and damage to rafters or ceiling joists.

If termites are found they can quickly spread through the timber like a plague and eventually make the entire house uninhabitable if they are left untreated.

If other roof problems are detected, then this can lead to a lot of damage if left unrepaired. Most importantly there is the risk of water damage, which not only will cause moisture issues, dampness and mould, it can lead to furniture being damaged as well as health problems.

If any issues are found the building inspection report will allow you to negotiate the terms of sale, or extending the settlement date allowing for any repairs to be made or to cancel proceeding with the sale completely.

Ring George on 0450 632 867 for any advice