BUILDING INSPECTIONS YARRA VALLEY

BUILDING INSPECTIONS YARRA VALLEY

HOUSE 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
.
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

BUILDING INSPECTIONS RESERVOIR

BUILDING INSPECTIONS RESERVOIR

BUILDING PEST INSPECTIONS RESERVOIR

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 Reservoir 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.

Cracks above door

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.

 

bearers not sitting on stumps

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.

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

BUILDING INSPECTIONS ST ALBANS VICTORIA

BUILDING INSPECTIONS ST ALBANS VICTORIA

BUILDING PEST INSPECTIONS ST ALBANS Victoria

We offer combined Building  Pest inspections St Albans reports that cover every aspect of the property. With over 20 years of hands-on experience in the building industry, we can detect defects which may be overlooked by the untrained eye.

Upon discovery of the defects, we inform you in detail about what the defect is, where is it located, as well as a recommended course of action and likely consequences for not having it repaired.

This is all detailed in our comprehensive building report.

We are 100% independent and work on your behalf, not for the Real Estate Agent or the Builder, and are available to discuss the specifics of the report with you.

We fully understand that time is of the essence when conducting building pest inspections, and where possible, cost savings are one of the primary focus for any potential customer.

Timber Stumps Rotten

Our combined Building Pest Inspection not only saves you money, but it also provides a detailed report along with all necessary information. We supply the report within 24 hours of the inspection, giving you plenty of time to make an informed decision before having to commit to purchasing the property.

RELIABLE & FLEXIBLE

 We understand the need to accommodate your busy schedule and can carry out inspections six days a week, either in the morning or the afternoon to ensure there is a convenient time for you.

After we have confirmed the details with you, we will contact the builder, real estate agent, or vendor to make the necessary arrangements so that we can access the property to undertake the inspection.

You are welcome to meet our inspectors upon their arrival for the inspection,, however for the best results, please don’t disrupt them during the inspection – this may cause them to unintentionally miss a defect or issue.

We have full Public Liability, and Professional Indemnity risks insurance, for the extremely unlikely situation where during one of our inspections causes damage to the property

Our Building inspections comply with Australian Standards 4349.1 and our Building and Pest inspections are carried out by the Australian Standards 4349.3. In addition to the inspection, we also provide a list of simple checks for you to be able to conduct yourself in future, to help protect your property from any damage.

How to Achieve Effective Pest Control at Home

No house is without a significant pest population and despite great efforts for eradicating them from our lives, they often refuse to go away. If you have tried in vain to remove the pests from your house
then you need to look again at the strategy that you are using.

Usually pest control measures are a combination of preventive, suppression, and eradication
techniques to keep a home pest free.

live termites

Here is how you need to go about dealing with this problem in an
effective manner.

The first step in pest control is to identify the type of pests infesting the house.

Different pest control methods are required for different kinds of pests and hence it is important that you choose the method accordingly

Then you need to understand the extent of damage caused by the pests or the level of their in habitation in your home.

This will help you decide whether you can tackle this problem on your own
or you require the services of a professional pest control company, which can offer solutions that are more potent in eradicating pests.

Then you need to find out which remedy is most suitable for the pests you are dealing with.

You can either do online research or refer to books on this topic. Typical remedies include use of chemical pesticides in form of a spray or use of more potent chemicals.

Finally, it is important to ensure that once you have got rid of the pests, you take effective measures to avoid a recurrence of the problem.

In our line of business the threat of termites is probably the biggest risk that home owners are facing today.

Termites have the potential to destruct a house in a matter of months,they work from inside of timber structures without the home owner knowing that they are there.

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867

 

 

 

BUILDING INSPECTIONS BURNSIDE

BUILDING INSPECTIONS BURNSIDE

Building  Pest Inspections Burnside

Becoming a property owner has all sorts of costs that go along with it, ranging from property manager fees, repairs, and regular maintenance expenses.
One forgotten expense is for termite inspections, and the frequency that inspections should be carried out vary based on the location you live .
Building and pest inspections are recommended at least once every 12 months for homes in low-risk areas.
Homeowners with a timber house or in high-risk areas will need to arrange termite inspections more frequently.
Regular inspections allow early detection of termites and will give you time to take preventative action to eradicate them before it’s too late
termite damage
Failing to address the issue of termites in your home is potentially putting the entire home at risk.
 Infestations can cause serious structural damage making the property dangerous, and uninhabitable.
 Termites left untreated can result in a home needing to be demolished, at a cost to the homeowner, and then the huge financial investment of rebuilding it.

It’s easy to become complacent after treating your home and getting a building and pest inspections carried out.

termite trails in sub floor-how would you now they are there?

However, termites can return, even to treated wood. Regular building and pest inspections allow you to treat your home routinely, ensuring that termites don’t move in and wreak havoc.

While the cost of treating termites, repairing your home, or taking further preventative measures may seem steep, it is a small price to pay in comparison to having your home become uninhabitable due to termite damage.

Building and pest inspections identifies any obvious signs of termite infestation and structural damage. A qualified inspector has special equipment to identify termites, which may not be evident to the average person

MOULD IN BUILDINGS

Discovering your building has Mould is one of the worst things you can experience.
There is obvious dampness and mould that you can see and are aware it’s there, but there is also some which can’t be seen or easily detected; leading to you not even knowing that it may be affecting your health.
building dampness
Mould can lead to serious health issues such as asthma, difficulty breathing, severe coughing, and other similar respiratory conditions.
These conditions can have a long-lasting effect on a person’s health and quality of life.
A building is also at risk of structural damage if there is too much moisture in the air, resulting in your walls getting destroyed with mould and causing a very bad smell that can often take weeks, and many cleaning attempts to fix.
In the most extreme cases, the wall has to be completely removed and replaced, costing thousands of dollars. Moisture, mould, and dampness can also lead to you having to repaint or replace wallpaper more frequently.
If your home has excess moisture, then there are options available to fix the problem.
A dehumidifier is the best thing to try first to eliminate moisture.
However, keep in mind that this is a quick fix which won’t solve the main issue, and like air conditioners and fans, a dehumidifier can be very expensive to run.
Turning on your heater can also help. However, this only offers a quick-fix solution also.
A non-expensive option is to improve the ventilation in your home, such as by opening a door, and windows, which will reduce any moisture which is in the air, and allows it to escape from the building.

Getting a building pest inspection before signing the contract should be an absolute must but unfortunately only 20% of people buying a property have a building pest inspection conducted.

This is complete madness as for the small cost involved its well worth you knowing if your future home has any nasty surprises waiting for you.

We recently conducted an inspection for a couple in Boronia who had bought the property 12 months ago and were concerned about some areas of there flooring as it was “bouncing”

bearers not sitting on stumps-stumps rotten

The reason it was “bouncing “we discovered was because the bearers were not sitting on the stumps as the timber stumps had deteriorated and had lost most of there strength and required urgent rectification.

There were approx. 80 stumps that were required to be replaced so it was a huge cost that the home owner had to bear.

The client had to borrow the funds from his father, if only he had called us before buying the property he may have been able to re negotiate and saved himself thousands.

Please give George a call on 0450 632 867 for any advice

 

 

HOUSE INSPECTIONS MELTON WEST

HOUSE INSPECTIONS MELTON WEST

BUILDING INSPECTIONS MELTON WEST

House-Inspections conducts House Inspections Melton West Reports as well as Building Inspections Melton West Reports throughout not only Melton West but all Melbourne Suburbs.

Did you now that the pre purchase building inspection business is un regulated meaning that there is no need for an inspector to be registered as a Building Practitioner with the VBA

Always make sure that you’re building inspector is VBA Registered Building Practitioner  ask for his details or check with the VBA before hiring him don’t take his word that he is??

Water damage to sub floor timbers

One of the common misconceptions is that all House Inspectors are registered; this is far from the truth as the industry is unregulated in Victoria therefore allowing anyone to do pre purchase building inspections.

There are so many good building inspection firms but also some very bad ones so our advice is to always hire an inspector who is registered with the VBA as you will then have some certainty that he will know what to look for.

A house inspector will inspect the roof space and crawl under the sub floor looking for any structural issues within the structure.

Termite trailing to floor joists

Are the piers sound and are the bearers, joists and stumps ok, is there any signs of termites or trailing’s

Dampness is a big issue with a lot of houses , inspections are conducted using moisture meters to test for the presence of moisture and we also use infrared cameras to detect not only moisture but termites as well.

Your inspector will conduct an inspection of over 1000 items throughout the house.

Exterior Defects

The condition of the brickwork is inspected for any cracks and any mortar defects present.

Are the weatherboards sound and free from any decay, have the flashings been installed according to the standards, any rust on the metal decks, roof tiles ok or are they allowing water to enter the roof space

15mm Wall Cracks

Do the articulation joints have mastic , balcony’s ,gazebos and outdoor structures have they been constructed appropriately, there so many items that the inspector will look at it makes it very good investment conducting a home inspection.

PLUMBING
All pipes are tested, including drains, vents and waste systems. Water ingress and egress is examined, drains are examined for signs of blockages and the site is examined regarding any drainage issues that may exist.
Electrical
All the electrical components are examined to ensure they fit and are operating safely. Conductors, grounding equipment and distribution panels are tested for efficient operation. The location of smoke detectors is noted in the inspection report.

When there is an open for inspection do you take notice of the important things like if everything is  working like the heating and air-conditioning.

We were recently asked to do an inspection on a house in Berwick it looked like a nice property from the outside with not many defects

The owner had bought the property without doing a pre purchase building inspection and wanted a report detailing any issues.

bearers not sitting on stumps

This should have been done before he bought the property as he may have been able to renegotiate a better price as well as saving himself thousands .

There were major defects in the roof space(how many people ever go into the roof space of the subfloor-not many )the long webs on the trusses had been removed by the insulation installers without the owners knowledge.

This was a structural issue and required urgent rectification by a registered builder.

The sub floor inspection revealed that the timber stumps had major rot to the base and many bearers were not sitting on the stumps they were suspended.

Urgent rectification works were carried out by the owner costing him over $15,000 money he did not have which, he had to borrow from his parents.

If he had only conducted a pre purchase building inspection with a VBA Registered Building Practitioner he would have saved himself all the stress and would have been able to re negotiate the price .

Cracks to wall above door

Cracks in walls are unsightly, but they may also be a sign of severe structural issues afoot in a house.

So, how do you tell if a small crack will turn into a huge major crack on your lounge room wall as time passes?

The freshly-painted walls you admired in the open-for-inspection may be concealing a possible structural defect or a fracture.

It is vital to understand whether a wall crack is easily repaired with a little bit of strategically placed filler along with some paint or if expensive structural repairs in your house are called for.

Underestimate the seriousness of cracks in walls and you may end up with spending thousands to repair

Wall cracks fall into three Major classes:

1/Interior wall cracks for example cracks at the plasterboard or gyprock;
2/Exterior wall cracks like cracks in the brickwork, surface or rendering of walls;
3/Cracks in foundation walls.
All three could be severe and symptomatic of structural collapse. How severe the issue is can only be evaluated by studying:

Most cracks to buildings are caused by moisture levels in soil changing over time so any crack requires to be monitored and recorded over time.

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867

 

 

 

BUILDING PEST INSPECTIONS BERWICK

BUILDING PEST INSPECTIONS BERWICK

HOUSE INSPECTIONS BERWICK

We offer combined Building  Pest inspections Berwick reports that cover every aspect of the property. With over 20 years of hands-on experience in the building industry, we can detect defects which may be overlooked by the untrained eye.

Upon discovery of the defects, we inform you in detail about what the defect is, where is it located, as well as a recommended course of action and likely consequences for not having it repaired.

This is all detailed in our comprhensive building report.

We are 100% independent and work on your behalf, not for the Real Estate Agent or the Builder, and are available to discuss the specifics of the report with you.

Cracks to wall above laundry door-major defect

We fully understand that time is of the essence when conducting building pest inspections, and where possible, cost savings are one of the primary focus for any potential customer.

Our Building Pest Inspections Berwick report will detail provide in valuable information as to the condition of the house and how best to rectify any defects found.

Reports are generally emailed to clients the same day or within 24 hours

RELIABLE & FLEXIBLE

We understand the need to accommodate your busy schedule and can carry out inspections six days a week, either in the morning or the afternoon to ensure there is a convenient time for you to attend .

 

After we have confirmed the details with you, we will contact the builder, real estate agent, or vendor to make the necessary arrangements so that we can access the property to undertake the inspection.

bearers not sitting on stumps

You are welcome to meet our inspectors upon their arrival for the inspection,, however for the best results, please don’t disrupt them during the inspection – this may cause them to unintentionally miss a defect.

We have full Public Liability, and Professional Indemnity risks insurance, for the extremely unlikely situation where during one of our inspections damage occurs to the property

Our Building inspections comply with Australian Standards 4349.1 and our Building and Pest inspections are carried out within  the Australian Standards 4349.3.

In addition to the inspection, we also provide a list of simple checks for you to be able to conduct yourself in the future.

How to Achieve Effective Pest Control at Home

No house is without a significant pest population and despite great efforts for eradicating them from our lives, they often refuse to go away. If you have tried in vain to remove the pests from your house
then you need to look again at the strategy that you are using.

Usually pest control measures are a combination of preventive, suppression, and eradication
techniques to keep a home pest free.

Here is how you need to go about dealing with this problem in an
effective manner.

The first step in pest control is to identify the type of pests infesting the house.

Different pest control methods are required for different kinds of pests and hence it is important that you choose the method accordingly

Then you need to understand the extent of damage caused by the pests or the level of their in habitation in your home.

This will help you decide whether you can tackle this problem on your own
or you require the services of a professional pest control company, which can offer solutions that are more potent in eradicating pests.

Then you need to find out which remedy is most suitable for the pests you are dealing with.

You can either do online research or refer to books on this topic. Typical remedies include use of chemical pesticides in form of a spray or use of more potent chemicals.

Finally, it is important to ensure that once you have got rid of the pests, you take effective measures to avoid a recurrence of the problem.

In our line of business the threat of termites is probably the biggest risk that home owners are facing today.

termite damage

Termites have the potential to destruct a house in a matter of months,they work from inside of timber structures without the home owner knowing that they are there

With the help of moisture meters and infrared cameras plus other instruments finding termites becomes a lot easier.

Termite droppings

Always include a termite inspection as part of your next building inspection as it has the potential to save you thousands

INSPECTION PROCESS

The building inspection shall comprise non invasive inspection of the property for evidence of timber pests and damage caused by timber pests and to form an opinion regarding the susceptibility to infestation of the property by timber pests at the time of inspection.

The inspection shall include evidence of timber pests and damage whether or not the timber pests are considered active at the time of inspection.

Always remember all pre purchase inspections conducted by building inspectors are non invasive ,they do not drill holes remove furniture ,insulation or other building materials.

Disputes arise sometimes between clients and inspectors as the client does not fully understand the terms and conditions of the inspection firm.

Terms and Conditions should be posted on all inspection firms websites allowing clients to become more familiar with the building process therefore alleviating any disputes.

For more advice ring George on 0450 632 867

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE INSPECTIONS NORTHERN SUBURBS MELBOURNE

HOUSE INSPECTIONS NORTHERN SUBURBS MELBOURNE

BUILDING INSPECTIONS NORTHERN SUBURBS MELBOURNE

A House Inspections Northern Suburbs Melbourne report will help you ensuring your peace of mind, and protection as the future owner of a building is free of defects that could cost you thousands to rectify .

House inspections are so important.

Engaging a house inspector is highly recommended for any house purchase making sure there are no hidden surprises.

If you are looking to make an investment in a property, then a house inspection will help assuring you that you’re that the investment is a wise choice.

The job of a house inspector is checking that the house you are about to purchase meets the requirements of the building code as you can rely on the professionalism of a certified VBA Building practitioner who will be able to distinguish which defects will impact you in the future

Water-Termite Damage to Sub Floor

We will identify all minor and major defects within the building envelope, we will take photos of the defects, our report will tell you where the defect is and the approx. cost required to rectify.

With the expert eye of a house inspector, who is trained to pick up minor cracking that will not impact your building or any major cracks to outside wall that are more severe and could require more investigation.

The inspector will identify any major defects or structural issues that could impact the assessment of the building.

Apart from major defects, the house inspector will identify all minor defects as well.

Here are some examples of minor defects:

• Blemishes to ceilings, walls
• Cracks that are superficial
• Wall dints or dints to timber fascia’s
• Taps dripping
• General Deterioration of cabinets
• Unevenness to floors within the tolerances

A minor defect is not a serious issue but will be identified during the inspection so that you are aware that it will require some maintenance on your part in the future.

These defects do not pose a safety risk so therefore we place less emphasis on these.

Becoming aware of all defects detected will give you the knowledge addressing these issues and in many cases re negotiating the contract price or not proceeding with the purchase.

House- Inspections has the expertise and knowledge to help you to decide whether the house you are purchasing will not give you stress or cause you thousands in the end..

We are VBA Registered Building Practitioners available within 24 hours or in some instances the same day providing advice that’s invaluable

Cracks to Wall above Laundry Door-Major Defect

WE INSPECT THE

• Interior
• Exterior
• Sub-floor space
• Roof space
• Roof exterior
• The property within 30m of the building

The phone rings “Hi John speaking i was referred to you by my real estate agent need a building and pest inspection in Greenvale

Yes we can do the inspection for you and we can schedule it in for Thursday 4pm ,you are welcome to attend but if you cannot then we will give you a call to go over the results of our inspection.

We will email you the report the same night, “are there any concerns that you have regarding the property”

No not really just want a thorough inspection looking for any structural issues as well as any termite damage

15mm Cracks to Wall -Major Defect

Personally i think that any prospective property owner going to a building inspection firm that’s been recommended by the agent is CRAZY ,sheer madness, CONFLICT OF INTEREST??

There are many real estate agents that work with building inspection firms that rely on kickbacks from the building inspector so as they can get favourable reports

This happens all the time so never ask your real estate agent to recommend you someone as you are asking for trouble

We do not work with agents and never discuss our reports with them as they are not the client .

After the building inspection i will always be asked “how did it go anything of major concern” and i always answer sorry i cannot discuss my findings my client will speak with you once she/he has the report

Once i was abused by the real estate agent saying that he always receives feedback from building inspectors on any concerns and in all his years it was the first time that a building inspector refused to discuss any defects found

I will never refer you to any future buyers” which i replied thank you for your time ,”have a good day”

Any smart agent should never refer a building inspection firm as if the inspection goes wrong in the future then it will come back to the real estate firm for recommending the building inspector

Recently i inspected a property in the northern  suburbs of Melbourne and it seemed reasonable considering the age of the property .

When i inspected the sub floor it was discovered that the timber stumps were so rotten that they needed immediate replacement and in most sections the floor joists were not sitting on the stumps ,was it safety risk -my word it was ???

Now if i had  told the agent what i found and my concerns would he have told all his other interested parties.

“NO WAY” so its always good policy for the real estate agent to never ask about the condition of the property and never ask your agent to refer a building inspector, NEVER take the risk!

We are experienced VBA Registered Building Practitioners conducting house inspections throughout all suburbs of Melbourne.

Reports include all defects found location and cost to rectify, photos included in all reports

For any advice ring George 0450 632 867

 

 

HOUSE INSPECTIONS HARKNESS

HOUSE INSPECTIONS HARKNESS

BUILDING INSPECTIONS HARKNESS

The phone rings “Hi John speaking i was referred to you by my real estate agent  need a building and pest inspection in Harkness .

Yes we can do the inspection for you and we can schedule it in for Thursday 4pm ,you are welcome to attend but if you cannot then we will give you a call to go over the results of our inspection.

We will email you the report the same night,”are there any concerns that you have regarding the property” No not really just want a thorough inspection looking for any structural issues as well as any termite damage

termite damage

Personally i think that any prospective property owner going to a building inspection firm that’s been recommended by the agent is CRAZY ,sheer madness, CONFLICT OF INTEREST??

There are many real estate agents that work with building inspection firms that rely on kickbacks from the building inspector so as they can get favourable reports

This happens all the time so never ask your real estate agent to recommend you someone as you are asking for trouble

We do not work with agents and never discuss our reports with them as they are not the client .

After the building inspection i will always be asked “how did it go anything of major concern” and i always answer sorry i cannot discuss my findings my client will speak with you once she/he has the report

Once i was abused by the real estate agent saying that he always receives feedback from building inspectors on any concerns and in all his years it was the first time that a building inspector refused to discuss any defects found

I will never refer you to any future buyers” which i replied thank you for your time ,”have a good day”

Any smart agent should never refer a building inspection firm as if the inspection goes wrong in the future then it will come back to the real estate firm for recommending the building inspector

Recently i inspected a property in the eastern suburbs and it seemed reasonable considering the age of the property .

When i inspected the sub floor it was discovered that the timber stumps were so rotten that they needed immediate replacement and in most sections the floor joists were not sitting on the stumps ,was it safety risk -my word it was ???

Now if i had of told the agent what i found and my concerns would he have told all his other interested parties.

“NO WAY” so its always good policy for the real estate agent to never ask about the condition of the property and never ask your agent to refer a building inspector, NEVER  take the risk!

We are experienced VBA Registered Building Practitioners conducting house inspections throughout all suburbs of Melbourne.

Reports include all defects found location and cost to rectify, photos included in all reports

For any advice ring George 0450 632 867

HOUSE INSPECTIONS PLUMPTON

HOUSE INSPECTIONS PLUMPTON

BUILDING INSPECTIONS PLUMPTON

A House Inspections Plumpton report will help you ensuring your peace of mind, and protection as the future owner of a building is free of defects that could cost you thousands to rectify House inspections are so important.

Engaging a house inspector is highly recommended for any house purchase making sure there are no hidden surprises.

If you are looking to make an investment in a property, then a house inspection will help assuring you that you’re that the investment is a wise choice.

The job of a house inspector is checking that the house you are about to purchase meets the requirements of the building code as you can rely on the professionalism of a certified VBA Building practitioner who will be able to distinguish which defects will impact you in the future

Major Defect

We will identify all minor and major defects within the building envelope, we will take photos of the defects, our report will tell you where the defect is and the approx. cost required to rectify.

With the expert eye of a house inspector, who is trained to pick up minor cracking that will not impact your building or any major cracks to outside wall that are more severe and could require more investigation.

The inspector will identify any major defects or structural issues that could impact the assessment of the building.

Apart from major defects, the house inspector will identify all minor defects as well.

Here are some examples of minor defects:

• Blemishes to ceilings, walls
• Cracks that are superficial
• Wall dints or dints to timber fascia’s
• Taps dripping
• General Deterioration of cabinets
• Unevenness to floors within the tolerances

A minor defect is not a serious issue but will be identified during the inspection so that you are aware that it will require some maintenance on your part in the future.

These defects do not pose a safety risk so therefore we place less emphasis on these.

Becoming aware of all defects detected will give you the knowledge addressing these issues and in many cases re negotiating the contract price or not proceeding with the purchase.

House Inspections has the expertise and knowledge to help you to decide whether the house you are purchasing will not give you stress or cause you thousands in the end..

We are VBA Registered Building Practitioners available within 24 hours or in some instances the same day providing advice that’s invaluable

WE INSPECT THE

• Interior
• Exterior
• Sub-floor space
• Roof space
• Roof exterior
• The property within 30m of the building
• Termite damage or presence of nests

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867

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Are all buildings built the same ? The answer is they are not as all houses are different but our building inspection reports whether its for a new building or a existing 40 year old house are the same as they inspect all elements of the buildings.

For our pre purchase building inspection we inspect over 1000 items within the property which includes the sub floor,roof space areas that the home owner never looks at and these are the most important areas that require inspection by our registered VBA inspectors.

The sub floor inspection is conducted looking for any structural damage to any brick piers as well as the stumps,bearers joists and flooring timbers.

We are also looking for any termite damage to any timbers and the presence of any live termites or termite droppings, termites are a huge problem within Melbourne and I always recommend that a property be treated for termites.

We recently inspected a property in the Yarra Valley with the sub floor covered with black sheeting and below the black sheets there was water in puddles throughout ,the presence of mould was prevalent and was so bad you could not breath without wearing a face mask.

The owners stated that they new nothing about the presence of the sheeting and were mystified how the water got into the sub floor.

We later discovered that this was a lie and that indeed they were they ones who had installed the black sheeting as they lived in a flood prone area ,our investigations to council revealed that the owners were aware of recent flooding.

Needless to say the client decided to not pursue this property due to it being in a flood prone area.

Looking into the roof space will help us identify any termite damage and damage to roof trusses ,floor joists, lighting and insulation as well as water damage .

Our building inspection report covers all areas of the property including drainage as well as plumbing and covers structural and minor defects

Our VBA Registered Building Practitioners will conduct the inspection and will contact you to detail all defects and report will be emailed the same day.

Give George a call on 0450 632 867 to discuss any concerns you may have of for any FREE advice