BUILDING INSPECTIONS DANDENONG

BUILDING INSPECTIONS DANDENONG

HOUSE INSPECTIONS DANDENONG

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 Dandenong  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 .

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.

You can use this list to easy identify and inspect areas of property

Check off those items that are in good condition and make notes about those that are not. (Note that this list describes an ideal house, but in our experience no house is perfect – not even brand new ones!!)

This list below is only some of the items we inspect for a full list contact House-Inspections

There are over 1000 items of a property that are inspected below are some of the areas and items that are inspected fort any defects.

SITE

Proper grading of site water not going to foundations, drainage away from house

No evidence of blocked drains

Trees and walkways in good condition

No branches or bushes touching house or overhanging the roof

Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, detached garages) in good condition, no evidence of termite damage or rot to any timbers

Railings on stairs and decks are adequate and secure with no movement

Driveways, sidewalks, patios, landings in good condition, and falling away from property

Down pipes drainage directed away from the house

Ridge and fascia board lines straight and level

Sides of house appear straight, not bowed or sagging

Window and door frames appear square (especially bowed windows)

Visible foundation in good condition – appears straight, plumb, with no significant cracking to any areas

Masonry brickwork in good condition, no cracks evident

lintels OK with no rust visible

Exterior surfaces such as Windows, Doors and Wood Trim are ok with no rot

No gaps between walls and window junctions

No broken glass panes or damaged screens

Flashing to windows OK

Roof

No evidence of broken tiles or rust to metal decks

No debris into gutters

Valleys and flashings ok

Roof line level with no dips

Ridge capping ok

Soffits and fascia’s not showing any signs of rot to timber.

No plumbing penetrations through brickwork that have not been sealed

No rust to Gutters, are they secured with no sagging or evidence of ponding.

Insulation ok to internal roof joists, any sisalation to tiles

Interior Rooms

Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb

No stains on floors, walls or ceilings

Flooring/tiling in good condition

No cracks to walls or ceilings

Windows and exterior doors operate easily and latch properly, no broken glass, no sashes painted shut, no decay; windows and doors have weather-stripping,

Interior doors operate easily and latch properly, no damage or decay, locks working as intended

Paint, wall covering, and wall panels in good condition with no termite or borer damage

Light switches operating as intended

Heating and cooling units working

Exhaust fans in good working order

Stoves and cook tops working as intended

Dishwasher working ok, draining ok

No leaks below cabinets in bathrooms,laundry,kitchen

No water hammer with adequate water pressure

Cabinets in good working order

Sinks bathtubs and showers drain as intended

No sign of rusting to metal laundry cabinets

Toilets operation ok,no blockages noted

Toilet secured as required and caulked

All caulking to tile junctions ok with no voids

Garage door opening and closing as intended, evidence of motor

Evidence of moisture internally or in roof space and sub floor

Foundations ok

Stumps in sub floor ok ,no rot at base

Bearers and floor joists ok no termite damage

Soil not damp, no debris to sub floor

Roof space

Rafter and ceiling joist ok ,no defects noted

No termite damage to any structural timbers

House-Inspections are VBA Registered Building Practitioners with many years of experience conducting Building Inspections throughout all Melbourne suburbs, press here for full list

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