BUILDING CONTRACTS MELBOURNE

Understanding Your Building Contract

 

 

When you’ve spent a lot of time and energy finding the right block, and you’ve chosen the builder who will construct your beautiful new home, be sure to read the entire building contract carefully before you sign it. You should not only make the effort and read it but fully understand your obligations under the contract as well as those of the builder. It’s a good idea to ask your solicitor to check the contract for you before you sign it to make sure there are no loopholes or errors that will cost you money down the track.

What Are the Laws Regarding Building Contracts?

In Australia, consumers and builders must have a written, formal contract that meets all the requirements of your state or territory’s Domestic Building Contracts Act. The contract is a legally binding document which is between you and your builder and it contains various kinds of information which will include details about progress payments, a clear start date and completion date and the particular specifications for your new build.

 

When you’ve spent a lot of time and energy finding the right block, and you’ve chosen the builder who will construct your beautiful new home, be sure to read the entire building contract carefully before you sign it. You should not only make the effort and read it but fully understand your obligations under the contract as well as those of the builder. It’s a good idea to ask your solicitor to check the contract for you before you sign it to make sure there are no loopholes or errors that will cost you money down the track.

 

What Are the Laws Regarding Building Contracts?

In Australia, consumers and builders must have a written, formal contract that meets all the requirements of your state or territory’s Domestic Building Contracts Act. The contract is a legally binding document which is between you and your builder and it contains various kinds of information which will include details about progress payments, a clear start date and completion date and the particular specifications for your new build.

Why You Must Read and Understand Your Contract

The main and crucial reason you should be crystal clear about every aspect of the contract is if any incorrect information is written in it – whether it’s part of the original agreement or a variation –  IT IS NOT LEGALLY BINDING.

 

Who Draws Up the Contract?

Contracts provide a basic guideline if a dispute between you and your builder arises. Your builder could have a lawyer draw up a contract or use their industry association’s standard contract for domestic builds. No matter what contract is used, you are obliged to educate yourself on the contents of the document and the process of the building contract. 

To Help With the Contractual Process, Here Are Some Tips: 

  • Make absolutely sure your contract has a precise start and finish date.
  • Make sure there is a reference to detailed plans, structural drawings and/or specification.
  • Make sure there is a clear statement about your cooling-off period.
  • Make sure you have your contract checked by a lawyer or a specialist building consultant before you sign it.
  • If there are any blank sections at all in the contract, be very sure to cross them out.
  • Check all details concerning insurance, particularly warranty insurance.
  • Make absolutely sure you fully understand the cost of the work and any variations that might occur in the future during the build.
  • Read and understand the Domestic Building Contracts Act in your state territory. The Act outlines a number of warranties applied to all domestic building contracts, so you should know whether or not the work carried out on your build meets those standards.
  • Fully comprehend the schedule of progress payments which are outlined under Section 40 of the Act. If you are entering into your own schedule of payments, you ought to seek legal advice about it.
  • Be absolutely sure to document all variations, and make sure you understand them before the work begins and before you sign off on them.
  • Remember, you have a five-day cooling off period after you sign the contract.
  • From day one, be sure to document all work conducted, and where possible, get everything in writing.
  • Record the progress of your build by taking photographs regularly and date them.

House Inspections is an established building inspection company operating throughout Victoria,  Geelong, and surrounding areas. Our company is run by registered builders who offer a professional service, and who write full, comprehensive reports that are easy to understand. Our Inspectors are VBA Registered Practitioners with many years of experience serving all of Melbourne. Call us today on 0450 632 867 or email info@house-inspections.com.au.

 

Author’s Bio 

Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including home improvement, financial support and scissor lift. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.

HOUSE INSPECTION BENEFITS

HOUSE INSPECTION BENEFITS

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CRACKS TO WALLS

BUILDING INSPECTIONS IN MELBOURNE BENEFITS

BENEFITS OF AN INSPECTION

 House inspections  Melbourne are an important part of real estate contracts for many  buyers, as people are becoming more aware of the benefits of conducting a house inspection before pre purchase of a property.

A building inspection gives you a better understanding of the condition of the building that you’re looking at buying.

.It also allows you to re negotiate your purchase price I the case that defects are found, whether they are minor of major defects.

YOU AS A BUYER HAVE BENEFITS

Essentially, buying a home is a very emotional process -for many clients considering  buying a property as once in a lifetime affair and as such want there house to have no minor or major defects that will cost them thousands to repair in the future.

House Inspections has the expertise at conducting thorough investigations of your building before purchase allowing you to make an informed decision on the property .

If any defects are found within the inspection report you may be able to re negotiate the contract price saving you thousands of dollars.

YOU ARE A SELLER

Before you put your home on the market, consider having a house inspection performed to obtain an objective report on the condition of the property therefore saving time and also you the home owner money if any defects are found.

If there are defects they will be detailed in the report therefore giving you recommendations as to the best way of proceeding further.

Just like making sure your property presents well with appearance making sure that there are no significant defects existing will ensure that your property will be sold with minimum fuss and loss of money to you the owner.

An experienced building inspector will complete a thorough and extensive inspection of the property both externally and internally to identify if there are any major structural defects, or any other issues, and document these with photos.

Where access is possible, the Sub Floor and Roof Space will also be inspected, along with a comprehensive maintenance check, and an estimated cost required for any necessary repairs. We also focus on wet areas, to check for any dampness issues, or leaking. At no extra charge, we can also offer any building advice you may require such as in regards to renovation plans, or remove walls.

We do a visual inspection, of all electrical and plumbing, and test for water pressure, drainage, water hammer, as well as checking the safety switch and any old electrical wiring. We can also advise if there may be asbestos present in any material used in the property.

If any issues are found, it is recommended to engage a licensed plumber or electrician to further investigate, and provide more qualified advice. Please let us know in advance if you have any concerns, or requests about your property, to ensure that the inspectors are fully aware of the issue.

Ring George for any advice or recommendations

 

 

BUILDING PEST INSPECTIONS CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

BUILDING PEST INSPECTIONS CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

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PLUMBER CUT THE FLOOR JOIST AND BEARER CRAZY

A Building pest inspection conducted on a property you may want to buy can save you money and sometimes lots of money depending what is found by the inspector during the inspection.

Making sure that your building contract does not have the working “subject to a building defect or structural defect” as these clauses have the potential to not be abe to re negotiate the contract price in the event that minor defects exist.

We recently inspected a property in which most of the items inspected were satisfactory with no major structural defects found but we did include in our building report that there was one item that was listed as a minor defect and to rectify this defect would cost approx $2000.

The purchaser in this case was able to go back to the seller with the report and re negotiate the purchase price because he took our advice before signing the real estate contract and deleted the words “structural defect” read more 

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Ridge capping damage

The ridge capping to this property required re pointing along the roof line and the cost to rectify was carried by the seller so in this case the purchaser saved himself a bit of money .

Another property we inspected had water damage to the floor boards and floor joists and the cost to rectify would have been in excess of $12,000 but in this case our client had an inspection of his property 6 months after he bought it ,if only he had a building inspection before purchase he would have saved himself a lot of money and stress.

Conducting a pre purchase building pest inspection is very important as for the small cost involved it can save you thousands in the case that defects are identified.

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DAMAGE TO FLOOR BOARDS AND FLOOR JOIST

All homes inspected have some sort of defect even new homes but having your property inspected gives you peace of mind that your not going to have to rectify defects costing you thousands down the track.

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A HOUSE INSPECTOR?

To avoid unnecessary problems during your house inspections, you need to hire a house inspector. They should be a licensed VBA Registered Practitioner who will examine your potential house and give you a realistic assessment of the condition and the existence of any defects minor or major. They examine the current condition of the house, but can not make predictions about the future condition of the house.

The house inspector does not determine the value of the property, or check whether or not the state of the property is compliant with the appropriate laws including council approvals. They do not measure the size of the building or any internal or external areas. They can identify any  defects  within  the property and it is then up to the buyer to make an informed decision based on the inspector’s findings. He will not advise that you should not buy the property or you should as that is the clients responsibility only.

Often many clients think that they don´t require an inspection by a house inspector because  they think they have the relevant skills but they are wrong as we have found out multiple times that they have missed some crucial defect that they thought was ok initially only to find out later that it was a structural defect.

Its not a requirement to be a registered building practitioner to conduct Building pest inspections in Victoria so prospective buyers should be aware that if fact there house inspector was a past car mechanic ,they should ask appropriate questions and check there reviews and ask to see there documentation before hiring them . .

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867

 

 

PERIODIC HOUSE INSPECTIONS

The Importance of Periodic House Inspections and When to Ditch a Landlord

 

One of the most important parts of being a good property manager ensuring safety at all times. In other words, a great landlord should verify that home is in good shape and take care of any potential issues that can put your family’s health at risk.

 

Unfortunately, not all landlords take the time to inspect the properties they rent out, which can lower your living quality and potentially cause severe accidents. In this article, we’ll go over the importance of having periodic inspections and discuss a few scenarios where you should find a new landlord.

The Importance of Periodic Inspections

Having your house periodically inspected is very important. Some of the main reasons why your landlord should inspect your house three or four times per year include:

Identify the Need for Repairs

The most obvious benefit of having regular home inspections is that your landlord will identify and take care of repairs around your house. Whether it’s creaking doors, loose hinges, groundwater flooring, or a similar repair, you won’t have to worry about fixing it as long as your house is checked regularly.

Ensure the Tenant Has Good Living Conditions

Besides repairs, regular inspections allow landlords to identify other elements that can be affecting the living conditions. For instance, if the tenant is expecting a child, some landlords may help baby-proof the house and make permanent changes that create better conditions for the family as a whole.

Create a Good Professional Relationship

Landlords are required to create good conditions for their tenants and take care of certain repairs, both of which can be achieved through regular check-ups. This can help build a strong professional relationship and it will discourage you from trying to find a new place, as long as you don’t have to.

Help Prepare the Property to Go on the Market

Many landlords in Australia look to put their investment property on the market after some time. If they monitor the condition of the house, it’ll be easier to prepare it to go on the market. For tenants, this means that the house will be kept in great condition until you have to move out, which is ideal for families waiting to purchase or build their own home.

Prevent Potential Legal issues

A major benefit of regular examinations is that it can save both landlords and tenants a huge amount of legal problems. From a landlord’s perspective, it can prevent accidents and the widespread of diseases. For tenants, having regular inspections means that they are more likely to pay attention to the condition of the house in order to prevent potential problems.

When Should You Ditch Your Landlord?

In most cases, you should ditch your landlord if he or she refuses to take care of a repair or carry out regular inspections. Some examples of the problems your landlord should take care of include:

Visible Mould

Mould can severely lower the air quality in your house and landlords are legally obliged to create a safe environment for your family. If there is visible mould growing on your walls and other parts of your house, make sure your landlord takes care of it promptly or explore the alternatives you have available.

Leaks and Other Repairs

Leaks cause mould, not to mention the fact that they can cause wood rot and potentially raise your utility bills. If you or the inspector detect any leaks, your landlord should repair them right away.

Extensive Wear and Tear

If your boiler isn’t working or there is wear and tear that affects the functionality of different elements in your home, you should contact your landlord and have them take a look at it.

Get in Touch with One of Our Agents Today

The tips above should help you understand the importance of periodic inspections and identify scenarios where you’re better off finding a new landlord.

 

If you want to learn more about our home inspection services, get in touch with us and our team will be glad to help.

 

Author’s Bio

 

Alex Morrison has been a SEO Expert for over 10 years. In this time he has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including home improvement, business support and health care. He has used his knowledge and experience to work for clients as diverse as Fox Transportable, Cosh Living and Catalyst Computers to help them reach their business goals.

 

BUILDING DISPUTES EASTERN SUBURBS MELBOURNE

BUILDING DISPUTES EASTERN SUBURBS MELBOURNE

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There are many things that can go wrong when planning and executing a building project. Inevitably, one of these problems is disputes. This includes issues like bad contracts, unsatisfactory work, neglect, and delays. There are ways in which you can avoid disputes with your builder, such as choosing professional and trusted building practitioners and communicating with them constantly about the project. However, some problems may still arise due to misunderstandings between both parties.

When dealing with building disputes, both parties are stressed, frustrated, and aggravated in the process. When it comes to dealing with and resolving building disputes, certain measures must be taken to arrive at a desirable result. Here are some of your options when you encounter building disputes.

· KEEP TALKING

Communication is one of the surest ways to arrive at an agreement on anything. When it comes to building disputes, the first thing that both parties need to do is to talk to each other and try to settle the matter on their own. Talk to the builder about the problem and ask them to come and inspect damage or any off your building concerns. Always try to resolve any building disputes before proceeding further as disputes can get out of control very quickly and cost you a lot of money in the process. Most builders are great to deal with as they have good customer service but others are nightmares and they can make clients life’s very stressful.

· SEND A LETTER TO BUILDER

You should also send a letter to your builder by registered post(keep the docket)and inform them of your complaint and what exactly the problem is and even attach photos of any defects and ask them to please come and inspect the areas of concern so as they can rectify any problems within the building structure.

· CONTACT HOUSE INSPECTIONS

If talking to your builder does not solve your problem, your next step would be to contact a building inspection company. A building inspection company consists of professional inspectors who are qualified to evaluate if a building has met the building codes, specifications, and will conduct a building inspection defect report which you will require for the building company and VCAT if required.

An inspector can also act as a mediator by arranging a meeting between the two parties to come up with a solution for all parties.

· CONTACT CONSUMER AFFAIRS

The office of Consumer Affairs in Victoria  provides assistance and advice to consumers regarding their rights. If all the measures have been taken and both parties still have not reached an agreement, the next option is to contact the Consumer Affairs.

 

· SEND AN APPLICATION TO VCAT

If, after corresponding with the Consumer Affairs  you still have not reached an agreement, you can send your application to the Administrative Tribunal. The tribunal can deal with cases that disputes regarding the building contract. Check out the website of VCAT  regarding the guidelines and the steps on how to file a complaint .

 

You need a trusted inspections company like House Inspections to help you by performing a thorough inspection of the  property and providing a detailed building defect report .You will require the services of a professional experienced building consultant and a solicitor to progress to VCAT if the builder wont resolve any defects.

 

Contact George on 0450 632 867 for any advice

 

External Internal Wall Cracks Melbourne

EXTERNAL INTERNAL WALL CRACKS MELBOURNE

 

CRACKS TO WALLS MELBOURNE

While people usually ignore cracks in building interiors and exteriors, professionals know that these can lead to damages if left unchecked for an extended period. If you are looking to buy properties that are relatively aged, hairline cracks may be unavoidable. However, there’s a huge difference between hairline cracks on a facade and structural cracks.

Hairline cracks can be repaired easily; structural cracks cant be repaired but not as easily. You will need the help of a building house inspector in Melbourne  to assess the situation and handling the repairs for you when it comes to structural cracks. Otherwise, the structural integrity of the building you’re looking to purchase will be compromised.

 

Cracks to walls may indicate minor movement with the house which is normal but if the cracks are 5mm wide or wider then you may have a structural issue that will require urgent rectification,

Doors and window no longer closing in there frame will indicate either heave or subsidence to the foundations due to changing conditions to the soil below due to water.

Many old homes still have earthenware piping systems  that are prone to cracking or collapsing over time and storm water going to the foundations will cause many of the external/internal cracks.

I have also seen houses only 4 years old with PVC pipes being  blocked with tree roots and cracked causing water to run off under the slab destabilizing the soil and the foundations.

 

I always recommend before buying a house to conduct a CCTV survey scan of all drains as this defect only could set you back thousands

Problematic wall cracks will typically start at windows, doorways or corners of buildings. Generally, smaller hairline cracks are not cause for concern. These are usually the result of seasonal expansion and contraction of soils beneath the building over time, and can be easily patched and re-painted.

Large cracks appear because the property’s foundation have shrunk or lost there strength, causing all or a part of a building to sink, known as subsidence. This usually happens because the moisture in the soil beneath the foundations has caused the soil to subside therefore causing the wall to move and crack

The best long-term solution for fixing large cracks is to lift, re-level and re-support the building. This level correction process is called underpinning. As the building is re-leveled, the cracks in walls may close or become smaller (readying plaster or render walls for fine patching and repainting)

. Windows and doors will also usually begin to work properly again. Traditional underpinning or level correction methods involve excavating or digging up parts of the foundation, pouring in concrete, waiting for it to set and then jacking up the building off the concrete blocks.

Common types of Brickwork cracking include:

  • Vertical cracking
  • Horizontal cracking
  • Stepped cracking
  • Diagonal cracking
  • Togged cracking

Using these factors alongside measuring the cracks in the bricks make it possible to determine a rating of the severity of the cracking, and accurately attribute the cause of the cracking in most cases.

 

Frequent causes of brickwork cracking are:

  • Sinking foundations usually caused by environmental factors which have caused the building to sink over time, and caused it to pull away from the rest of the building.
  • Over time, the force of built-up soil, tree roots, and water movement can affect a retaining wall and cause brickwork to crack.

Our building inspectors provide a severity assessment which considers the location, number, length, and width of the cracks to identify if cosmetic, minor, or remedial work is needed or if it is more serious, and a structural engineering solution would be needed to determine an appropriate course of action to prevent further cracking, and offer a permanent fix.

A building inspection which focuses on cracks in brickwork will help to put your mind at ease and stop you stressing.

A qualified building inspector will carry out a thorough inspection and provide you with a written and insured report which details the type of cracking found, the cause of the cracks, and also some recommendations about how to repair the cracking.

If you have concerns about internal or external cracking in your building you can contact House Inspections on 0450 632 867 to arrange an inspection and a no obligations fixed price quote.

 

HOUSE INSPECTORS EASTERN SUBURBS MELBOURNE

HOUSE INSPECTORS EASTERN SUBURBS MELBOURNE

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WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A HOUSE INSPECTOR?

To avoid unnecessary problems during your house inspections, you need to hire a house inspector. They should be a licensed VBA Registered Practitioner who will examine your potential house and give you a realistic assessment of the condition and the existence of any defects minor or major. They examine the current condition of the house, but can not make predictions about the future condition of the house.

The house inspector does not determine the value of the property, or check whether or not the state of the property is compliant with the appropriate laws including council approvals. They do not measure the size of the building or any internal or external areas. They can identify any  defects  within  the property and it is then up to the buyer to make an informed decision based on the inspector’s findings. He will not advise that you should not buy the property or you should as that is the clients responsibility only.

Often many clients think that they don´t require an inspection by a house inspector because  they think they have the relevant skills but they are wrong as we have found out multiple times that they have missed some crucial defect that they thought was ok initially only to find out later that it was a structural defect.

Its not a requirement to be a registered building practitioner to conduct Building pest inspections in Victoria so prospective buyers should be aware that if fact there house inspector was a past car mechanic ,they should ask appropriate questions and check there reviews and ask to see there documentation before hiring them . .

WHAT TO ASK  HOUSE INSPECTOR BEFORE THE INSPECTION BEGINS?

  • What Are You Going to Do?

The inspector’s job is to examine your potential house using non-invasive methods. There is an Australian Standard for pre-purchase building inspection reports and the report provided to you must meet these standards. A basic inspection is generally visual only. It may not identify major structural defects or other hidden problems, but there are additional assessments which can be done of suitable professionals if required ie structural engineers.

  • Will You Check the Grounds?

Your home inspector is looking at the condition of the property, and will look over the whole site. They will look at any sheds, fences, paths and driveways, and steps. They will not inspect underground pipes, septic tanks, or electrical unless they are licensed electricians.

  • Can I Follow You During the Inspection?

If they say no, don’t hire them. You must able to see what you get for your money and have the opportunity to ask whatever you want to know.

  • Cost of repair

Your inspector is not obliged to give you information regarding the cost of the repair. But more often than not, they will be keen on explaining to you what a minor problem is, and what a complicated issue is. They may also suggest further inspections by specialists of particular areas of the property.

  • Whom should I call to fix defects found:

The inspector has found many issues with your potential home, but you still want to purchase it. You don’t know any good plumber or electrician. Any house inspector should be able to recommend expert registered trades people

  • What needs immediate attention?

Some of the problems found by the house inspector need to be immediately fixed, but not everything   requires urgent attention. Be sure to ask your inspector which defects must be taken care of first .

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867

 

 

HOUSE INSPECTIONS SAVED ME THOUSANDS

HOUSE INSPECTIONS SAVED ME THOUSANDS

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I recently purchased my first house in a Melbourne suburb of Watsonia and i contacted House Inspections to do a building inspection and as i wanted to save some money i decided not to add a termite (pest) inspection as well it saved me $100, well what a fool i was.

My inspector George told me it would be a good idea to do a termite inspection considering the age of the building but as i was adamant i said no .

I got a call later the next day after my inspection was completed and i received some good and bad news,the good news was that there were no structural defects found but my home was termite infested with many elements of my home requiring major building works to remedy the defects within the structure.

house inspections saved me thousands

There was termite damage to my Sub floor floor joists and sections of bearers,as well as many areas of the roof space floor joists and battens were so badly destroyed that it was declared a safety risk.

George decided that he would do the inspection for termites as well because during his inspection he found some issues that he was concerned and boy was i lucky ,House Inspections saved me thousands by not buying this property, i eventually bought a property and i keep thinking how lucky i was finding someone as honest as George and House Inspections.

house inspections saved me thousands

Before buying your next home get a Building and Pest Inspection from House Inspections you will not regret it ,and for a home buyer to hear that his house has no defects that are major or any termites is the best news any home buyer can receive..

Any property can have major/minor structural defects or pest infestations which when go undetected can hurt your pocket in the long-term. But all this can be undone if you choose to not conduct a pre purchase property inspections Melbourne inspection.

House Inspections inspectors are VBA Registered Building Practitioners with years of experience so when you engage our services you will be given peace of mind that all defects will be recorded within your report .

. After a thorough inspection of every aspect of the home from the roof to the subfloor, a House Inspections report details defects which have been found, where they were found, and what action is required to rectify them.

house inspections saved me thousands

 The report also includes photographs of most of the defects, as well as a detailed summary listing all of the major and minor defects.

The building & pest inspection report/termite inspection report informs you whether there is any existing termite damage, any live termites, any past termite damage, timber fungal decay (rot),  or borer damage. It also advises you on the areas of the property which may attract termites, as well as any action required to keep termites away from the building.

Ring George on 0450 632 867 for any advice

 

 

BUILDING PEST INSPECTION REPORT SECRETS

6 Secrets You Can Learn from a Building Pest Inspection Report

Purchasing a new house is very exciting, but you need to take the time to verify the property you want to buy is in great condition. Even though a house may seem solid on the surface, you should inspect every nook and corner to make sure you’re receiving your money’s worth.

There are many issues that may cost thousands of dollars to repair, yet they are not obvious during a house viewing. Hiring a building pest inspector can help identify some of these issues and tell you everything you need to know about a house before purchasing it.

building pest inspections report secrets

There are different types of inspections that can be carried out in a house. In this article, we’ll discuss 6 secrets you can learn from a building pest inspection report.

Why are Inspections Important in Real Estate?

It’s normal to inspect an item thoroughly before purchasing it. We do it with clothing, smartphones, and even our furniture. The same concept applies to big purchases like a house or office space.

Building pest inspections are important because they help confirm the condition of the property you want to purchase. Our contractors specialise in examining different parts of a property and determining whether there is an infestation you should know about. They assess more than 1000 different items in your house in order to verify there are no pests or related damage.

Getting a building pest inspection can give you a lot of information that the owner or real estate agent may not even be aware of.

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Here are 6 secrets you can learn from a building pest inspection:

General Safety and Compliance

There are many safety and compliance guidelines that homeowners have to keep in mind when building their house. The main purpose of a building pest is to determine if there are any infestations, but we can also inform you of any compliance or safety problems that may put your family at risk.

The Potential for Mould Growth

Mould is a major problem throughout Australia. Although it’s natural, it can result in thousands of dollars in property damage and affect your family’s health.

Excess humidity is at the root of most mould issues, not to mention the fact that it also creates the ideal environment for other pests to thrive. A build pest inspector will help you locate any excess moisture and let you know if there’s a strong chance of mould development in the future.

Termites, Rodents, and Spiders

Even though all pests represent a challenge, termites, rodents, and spiders can cause structural damage to the roof, basement, and other parts of a house. Having an inspector survey the whole area can help identify the presence of these destructive pests and the extent of the damage.

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Roof Damage

Even though your roof was designed to provide shelter for your family, it can also serve as a refuge for different animals. This, in turn, can damage your roof and insulation. An inspector can verify that this part is in good condition and that no animals have nested up there.

Issues with the Drainage System

Drainage problems can cause excess humidity and create a perfect environment for pests to thrive. By hiring a seasoned inspector, you’ll be able to assess the condition of the drainage and identify any potential repairs before you make the purchase.

Structural Integrity Problems

Having a pest for a long period of time can weaken the frame and other structural parts of any building. Our team carries out a thorough inspection to make sure that all structural elements are still in good condition.

Find a Reliable Property Inspector You Can Trust

Hiring a reliable building pest inspector can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. The secrets above should give you an example of the many things you can learn by hiring a professional inspection company.

If you need to hire a reliable building pest inspector, get in touch with us today and our team will be glad to help.

Author’s Bio

Alex Morrison has been a SEO Expert in Melbourne for over 10 years. In this time he has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including house cleaning, financial support and health care. As the owner of Integral Media he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.

BUILDING INSPECTIONS YARRA VALLEY

Did you now that in Victoria the business of Pre Purchase Building Inspections is unregulated and as such not many so called building inspectors are VBA Registered Building Practioners as they are not required to be -Building Inspections Yarra Valley reports are essential.

They may be members of the Master Builders or HIA but that’s not important as any trades person can become a member ,not difficult.

When you engaged a house inspections inspector to conduct your building inspection did you ask him if he’s a VBA Registered Building Practioner?

Well are you surprised that 1 out or 50 people would ask that question as not many people are aware that the industry is unregulated.

There are many great building inspection firms in Melbourne but how do you now whos genuine and is a Registered Practioner or Registered Builder

Ask to see there credentials before employing them, don’t take there word as many pre purchase inspectors are liars and only care about the money

How many reviews on there sites are genuine, we don’t now the answer ,its a problem.

Most building inspection inspectors conduct the most popular inspection service which is the Pre Purchase Building Pest Inspection.

We should not call it a pest we should call it Pre Purchase Building Termite Inspection as we are looking for termites not spiders.

Termite Damage to Floor Joists

Your future home may look great from the outside and even when you start looking internally going from room to room everything looks fantastic with no Problems or defects evident.

Generally most real estate inspection firms allow only half an hour for you to peruse the property which is not enough, you may be able to go again but you always ask yourself the question when you get home did the house have fly screens on the windows or do all the air conditioners work and when were they last serviced?

We recently inspected a property in a Melbourne suburb called Berwick which is approx. 37kms out of CBD Melbourne and is very attractive to young family’s and has a population of approx. 47,000 people.

Our client was the father of the owners daughter and he called us to conduct a property building inspection of there property as he was concerned about certain aspects of the house in particular the floors and the walls.

Cracks to walls

His daughter and husband had bought the property approx. 12 months ago without conducting a building inspection as they were being pressured by the real estate agent to buy as he had another client that was going to sign the contract which was unconditional

They needed to act fast if they wanted the property said the real estate agent
who are more concerned about there commission than the buyer or there rights.

The floors of the property were out of level by approx. 35mm in sections and there was excessive bounce to floor boards to bedroom/living room floors.

The walls in the entry and living room had vertical cracks of 15mm which indicated to me that there was a problem with the footings and may have issues with drainage.

During our inspection of the sub floor we discovered that the majority of the timber stumps were rotten at the base and there were a few stumps where the bearers were suspended and not sitting on the stumps as is required.

This was a structural defect issue and was not safe in its current state and the client was advised as a matter of urgency to contact a re blocker to rectify before allowing his children and grandkids back into the property
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The owners did not have the funds to rectify the issues that were found as the rectification costs were in the excess of $22,000 which included the walls that required underpinning.

The father organised the rectification works and paid the amounts required as his children did not have the funds.

This could have been alleviated if only they had conducted a Pre Purchase Property Inspection which would have advised them of the property condition and the existence of defects and cost to rectify the defects.

For more information or to arrange a Pre Purchase Property Inspection give George a call on 0450 632 867