PRE PURCHASE BUILDING REPORTS MELBOURNE

WHAT DO OUR BUILDING PRE PURCHASE REPORTS COVER

Pre Purchase Building Reports Melbourne

ROOF DEFECTS:

Victorian Building Authority Guidelines 

  • Rusted roof sheet and flashing.
  • Roof sheet lift, roofing nails or screws lifted.
  • Broken or cracked roof tiles.
  • Moss buildup on roof cladding.
  • Hip and ridge capping mortar cracks.
  • Roof line unevenness – possible roof frame defects.
  • Tree overhang.
  • Chimney condition – mortar decay, no capping & cracked brick work.
  • Box gutter condition – rust, ponding, debris.
  • Valley gutter condition.
  • Parapet wall condition.

GUTTERS & DOWN PIPES:

  • Gutter rust and Debris.
  • Inadequate gutter fall or poorly fixed & ponding.
  • Down pipes not connected to storm water.
  • Down pipe rust and blockage.
  • Down pipe bases not aligned.
  • Down pipe clips detached.

FASCIA & EAVES:

  • Fascia timber fungal decay and paint deterioration.
  • Fascia unevenness.
  • Eave paint deterioration.
  • Eave detachment.
  • Eaves damaged by leaking gutters.
  • Possible Asbestos.

WEATHER BOARDS:

  • Unevenness – possible frame defects.
  • Timber fungal decal and paint deterioration.
  • Stop baton rot/detachment.
  • Plinth board decay.
  • Plinth boards in contact with soil (conducive to termite infestation)
  • Inadequate subfloor ventilation or cross flow of air.
  • Gapping around window frames and junctions (potential water ingress)

MASONRY CLADDING (BRICK):

  • Differential Settlement cracks (major and minor)
  • Rising Damp.
  • Mortar decay.
  • Re-pointed and patched cracks (evidence of past settlement/movement)
  • Sill brick cracks and unevenness (common in 70-80’s)
  • Inadequate subfloor ventilation.
  • Weep holes blocked (if slab dwelling) – conducive to termite infestation.
  • Control joints sufficiently sealed.
  • Masonry cracking over windows – normally signs of lintel rust.

CEMENT SHEET OR POLYSTYRENE CLADDING:

  • Render deterioration.
  • Render bubble (damp)
  • Render cracking – major and minor)
  • Render rust spotting – (normally associated with contaminated sand during render process)

WINDOWS:

  • Timber fungal decay – major and minor.
  • Cracked window panes.
  • Patched window rot.
  • Poor seals and putty.
  • Sash cords damaged/broken.
  • Binding windows.
  • Damaged or non-operational window mechanisms.

DOORS:

  • Binding or uneven doors – sign of differential settlement.
  • Water damaged or deteriorated door timber.
  • Non-operational handles and locks.
  • Door seals.
  • Lintel rust or deterioration – may cause cracks above doors.

SUB FLOOR (MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY INSPECTION):

  • Dampness and water ponding.
  • Leaking plumbing.
  • Leaking bathrooms and laundry – commonly observed.
  • Timber decay on flooring, joists and bearers.
  • Stump footings rot or cracked concrete stumps.
  • Poorly installed stumps – uneven plumb.
  • Inadequate or insufficient footings.
  • Type of floor coverings.
  • Loose or hanging electrical wiring.
  • Condition of engaged piers.
  • Timber debris and rubbish (conducive to termites)
  • Deteriorated or detached ductwork.

DECKS, BALCONIES, CARPORTS, GARAGES & PERGOLAS:

  • Balustrade timber fungal decay.
  • Balustrade and handrail safety – minimum of 125 mm gaps required to be deemed safe.
  • Stairs for stability and timber decay.
  • Decking or balcony frame condition – rot, unstable.
  • Pergola roof frame rot.
  • Post rot.
  • Decking timber condition.
  • Roof condition.
  • Gutter and downpipe condition.

SHEDS AND GARAGES:

  • Condition of roof, gutters, downpipes and cladding.
  • Slab cracking – major and minor.
  • Water ingress and drainage.
  • Rising damp – common in garages.

SITE & LAND:

  • Drainage – blocked drains.
  • Drainage – land or paths should fall away from home.
  • Fence palings/rails and post decay.
  • Fence leaning – unsafe.
  • Fence cracking.
  • Pathway cracking and settlement.
  • Driveway cracking and settlement.
  • Trees – any path or wall cracking possible associated with tree roots.
  • Cracking, rot or leaning in Retaining walls.
  • Pool gates not self closing.

 ROOF FRAME:

  • Condition of roof cladding – rust or tile fretting/cracks/gaps.
  • Damaged or cracked framing members.
  • Leaks.
  • Insulation type and condition.
  • Inadequate clearance between insulation and downlights – fire hazard.
  • Condition of ductwork – deteriorated or detached.
  • Unevenness in roof frame.

INTERNALS:

  • Ceiling paint deterioration/mould/cracking/sagging.
  • Wall cracking – major and minor.
  • Rising damp – moisture readings.
  • Chimney hearth condition.
  • Window decay.
  • Binding windows.
  • Unevenness in windows – possible footings settlement.
  • Cracked window panes.
  • Door unevenness/binding/out of square – possible footings settlement.
  • Floor unevenness – possible footings problems.
  • Floor bounce and sponginess.
  • Floor lining condition.

WET AREAS – KITCHEN, BATHROOMS AND LAUNDRY:

  • Water Pressure.
  • Water hammer/pipe knocking.
  • Loose and leaking tap ware and pipes.
  • Shower tile grout deterioration.
  • Shower tile and screen cracking.
  • Toilet operability and leaks.
  • Vanity condition & fixing.
  • Exhaust fan operability.
  • Poor sealing of shower screens.
  • Hot water unit type.
  • Hot water overflow drained – conducive to termite infestation.
  • Shower tap flanges adequately sealed – prevent leaks behind wall.

TERMITE INSPECTION

  • A full Pest Inspection which is carried out as per Australian Standard 4349.3 – 2010 Inspection of buildings Part 3 – Timber Pest Inspections.
  • Any live or past termite activity.
  • Any excessive moisture readings is included in the Building and Pest Inspection Report.
  • Any borer damage is assessed and included within the timber pest inspection report.
  • Any timber fungal decay or rot.
  • Conducive conditions that would attract termites.
  • Any structural damage caused by Timber Pests.
  • Trees, fences, retaining walls, outbuildings are

 

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