Benefits of a Building Inspection Melbourne

Benefits of Building Inspections in Melbourne

benefits of building inspections in melbourne
CRACKS TO PORCH

There are many benefits to conducting a Building Inspection Melbourne report as the building inspector will be able to identify any structural issues with your property or the presence of termites which have the potential to cost you thousands.

House -Inspections has the expertise to deliver a detailed inspection of your property for your peace of mind ,before purchasing conduct a building inspections Melbourne report.

We not only identify structural issues but we will conduct a detailed inspection of all areas internally and externally as well as the drainage, plumbing, sub floor, roof space and we will identify any issues with termites

Currently, in Victoria, there is no legislation as to who can perform a building inspection, so it’s important to make sure your inspector is registered with the VBA and has insurance (check out his details on the VBA website)

House -Inspections is one of Melbourne’s leading based property inspection firms providing low-cost building inspections in Melbourne

Whether you’re renting, buying or selling a home, it’s well worth getting a house inspection. A property inspection will let you know if anything in the home needs to be fixed or if there are issues, such as termites, dampness or other problems that could be quite costly to repair.

Initially, you may not want to spend the money on a building inspection, however, they can be extremely beneficial because they provide a strong insight into the condition of the property. Building Inspections Melbourne are VBA Registered Builders

Pre Purchase Building Inspections – Pre Auction Building Inspections and House Inspections are basically the same type of inspection and process is the same but Building Pest Inspections is a report that includes pest inspection report as well as a Building Report.

Building Pest Inspections are our most popular building inspection report that details the existence of termite nests and any termite damage to internal/external timbers and there location.

Thousands of people around the world have decided against building inspections in  Melbourne and then they’ve found that their property has issues that they didn’t allow for.

It’s important that you get your inspection done prior to signing any legal contracts. Doing so prior to signing gives you the opportunity to back out of a sale that you don’t want to carry on with, which can save you money in the long run or to re negotiate the contract price

If you have your building inspected, you may be up for the cost of repairs, however, you will find yourself being able to ask for a property price reduction, or you could negotiate the terms of the sales agreement so that you do not have to pay for such repairs yourself.

When your building inspector has completed your building inspection report you will have a better knowledge of the true condition of the building.

This comprehensive report, will give the reasons why you should buy the building or to re negotiate the price.

You will be able to decide the most appropriate course of action to take, whether that’s to back out of buying the property, request that repairs be made by the owner or simply walk away .

What are the defects and problems a building inspector will look for? The building inspector will crawl under the floor, inside the roof and everywhere in between also investigating the site drainage, grounds and retaining walls to uncover any hidden defects.

Basically everything from the foundations to the roof all accessible areas of the property and site An example of Some of the problems building inspectors will be looking for include:

  • Damage to any sub floor piers/stumps
  • Drainage defects
  • Structural Defects
  • Retaining wall defects
  • Damage to Roof structure
  • Sign of termites
  • Fungal decay to any timbers

Pre Purchase Building Inspections are your best protection against pouring money into a home or investment property only to find out later that the property is riddled with defects.

Having a pre-purchase building and pest inspection done prior to buying can save you thousands in the end ,don’t take the risk.

House-Inspections are VBA Registered Building Practitioners with many years of experience giving you peace of mind that you are in good hands.

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 contact George on 0450 632 867

FRANKSTON HOUSE INSPECTIONS

FRANKSTON HOUSE INSPECTIONS

WATER DAMAGE TO BEARER IN SUB FLOOR

FRANKSTON HOUSE INSPECTIONS-PRE PURCHASE BUILDING INSPECTIONS

Our professional building inspectors come to your building and carry out a thorough inspection. For your peace of mind, we provide a Building Inspection Services report for the house you are considering to purchase in Melbourne.

CALL US TODAY

Give our professional staff a call today, and we will provide you with a fixed price no-obligation quote. Otherwise, you can complete a quick and easy online enquiry form to receive a quote. When you are ready to book your inspection, simply give us a call, or reply to our email.

We will then, on your behalf, arrange access to the Property with the Tenant or Vendor via the Agent and will email you the details once confirmed. We will notify you by phone if any issues arise when organising the inspection.

You will love our professional service and competitive price!
Contact House Inspections today to request a quote or give us a call on 0450 632 867, and our professional staff will provide you with a fixed price no-obligation quote right away.

AVAILABILITY

We can generally undertake an inspection within 24 to 48 hours, however sometimes up to 3 days notice may be required. At the time of your call or email enquiry, we will advise our exact availability. It is recommended to confirm your appointment ASAP so that there is sufficient time to schedule with the agent or to allow notice for the Tenant or Vendor. If you are not yet ready to book an inspection, please let us know your request by email or call us, so that we can reserve a place for you in future.

BUILDING INSPECTIONS

CRACKS TO BRICKWORK

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.

PEST INSPECTIONS

All our Pest Inspectors are trained, fully licensed professionals who are covered by insurance. Inspectors will conduct a thorough and careful Timber Pest Inspection using industry-standard state-of-the-art technology which includes a Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meter, combined with using old school visual inspections and tap sounding techniques.

BUILDING & PEST INSPECTIONS

We can provide a Building & Pest Inspection package, conducted by our professional inspectors. Doing both inspections at the same time allows us to offer a very competitive discount while being highly convenient.

CRACKS IN BRICKWORK

One of the most common building defects which can easily go undetected is cracks in brickwork. Our building inspectors are experts in detecting any cracks during pre-purchase building inspections. Where an inspector’s expertise is vital is in determining whether a crack is minor and part of an ageing house, or is instead a reason to be alarmed.

Factors which can affect the building inspector’s assessment of the cracking include:

 

  • Exposure to harsh environmental conditions (e.g. drought or flood)
  • Poor quality workmanship when the building was constructed
  • Signs of damage
  • Age of the building
  • The building’s geographic location
  • Different soil types
  • Other signs of building defects such as jamming doors and windows, uneven floors, the sub floor structures condition, and more.

Common types of Brickwork cracking include:

  • Vertical cracking
  • Horizontal cracking
  • Stepped cracking
  • Diagonal cracking
  • Cogged 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:

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

 

PRE PURCHASE BUILDING INSPECTIONS LILYDALE & CROYDON

PRE PURCHASE BUILDING INSPECTIONS LILYDALE & CROYDON

pre purchase building inspections lilydale & croydon
WHO CUT THE BEARER

LILYDALE BUILDING INSPECTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are Sub Floor Inspections Necessary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are Roof Inspections Required?

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

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

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

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

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

Ring George on 0450 632 867 for any advice

 

IS A PRE PURCHASE BUILDING INSPECTION IMPORTANT

IS A PRE PURCHASE BUILDING INSPECTION IMPORTANT ?

A PRE PURCHASE BUILDING INSPECTION IS IMPORTANT

 

It’s important that you get your building inspection prior to signing any legal contracts. Doing so prior to signing gives you the opportunity to back out of a sale that you don’t want to carry on with, which can save you money in the long run or you may be able to renegotiate the price.

I have inspected so many homes after the clients have purchased that are riddled with so many defects that required thousands to rectify if they had conducted pre purchase building inspection prior to purchase they would have saved thousands yes building inspections are important.

When you’re purchasing a home in Melbourne, or anywhere else for that matter, it’s really important that you do your due diligence before signing any agreement.

Buying a property is a lengthy process and can take months, because of the magnitude of the decision that you will be making.

The first step is to obtain your finance and work out your budget. Then you’ll need to start searching for a property, and once you find properties you like, attend the open for inspections/open homes.

BORER DAMAGE TO FLOOR JOIST

There are other steps in the property purchase process that you will need to take as well. One of these is getting a home inspection

A home inspection is essential because it lets you know the faults prior to signing any documentation.

A home inspection may be a cost that you don’t want to fork out for, but considering you’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions of dollars, it’s much better to spend a few hundred dollars getting the property checked over by an independent builder, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

By getting a home inspection completed, you will also find that you may have more bargaining power and can renegotiate the price down if you find that there are defects that need to be repaired.

You will also avoid the risk of defects being omitted by the vendor if you get an independent home inspection conducted.

Let’s be honest, if you were selling a house or any other goods or service, would you let the potential buyer know the faults?

The chances are you wouldn’t because you’d want to sell the property. A home inspection will help you because you will know exactly what you are getting and there will not be any nasty surprises later on.

WATER DAMAGE TO BEARER SUB FLOOR

Property Inspections Melbourne

If you want to avoid unnecessary expenses then it’s absolutely imperative that you get your home checked for termites.

Did you know that termites can actually wreck entire rooms and you may need to spend several thousand dollars repairing or replacing entire rooms. Some people have reported their bills ranging from a few thousand dollars, right through to the tens of thousands of dollars in repairing damage caused by termites.

When you get a building and pest inspection, you’ll be able to reduce the risk of termites and pests spreading in your home and will be able to fumigate before they become a major issue.

The sooner pests are dealt with, the easier it will be to keep them under control, and you’ll be able to prevent further infestations and save yourself hassle and increased costs.

If your home does have termites and they are left in your home, you could find yourself needing to spend a lot of money dealing with the issue.

There is the cost of removing the termites, and there is also the future cost. Homes can lose value if termites are found.

When you do sell your home, it could cost you at least $50,000 in the resale value. Potentially, people may lose all interest in buying your home, which means you’re stuck with a home that you can’t sell, and that will end up costing you money.

This said, with property prices the way they are in Melbourne, the impact may be mitigated.

A building and pest inspection can help you when buying a property for the very reason above. On the flipside, you’ll have bargaining power and will be able to renegotiate the price of the property down, assuming that you still wish to purchase it.

For the amount of destruction termites can do to a property its always essential to include a termite inspection as part of the building inspection.

Pre Purchase Building  Inspections Melbourne

Buying a property can be very expensive. There are legal costs, the real estate costs and the time spent looking for a new property.

There are also pre purchase inspection costs. They may not be an expense you want to pay, however, it is cheaper in the long run to spend the money than risk buying a property that you haven’t inspected.

Property pre purchase inspections are essential for a number of reasons and can save you significant issues in the long run. When you’re spending hundreds of thousands on a property, a few hundred dollars is “nothing” in the grand scheme of things.

When you get a property pre purchase inspection, you will be able to identify structural or other issues that may either be costly to repair, or could pose a serious risk to you later on.

A pre purchase inspection will give you the opportunity make one of two decisions.

You can either decide to proceed with making an offer on the property or you can back out of it prior to making an offer.

If you decide to proceed with the former, then you will have negotiating power if you find that there are undisclosed issues.

Let’s say repairs will cost $5,000, you could negotiate the exact amount off your offer, or you could negotiate more off the purchase price because of the time involved and any potential inconvenience or associated costs such as temporary accommodation.

You will also be able to budget for any repairs, which is essential if you’re going to require finance for such repairs.

Getting repairs done will also allow you to negotiate the terms, such as when you settle or move into the property, and when you exit your existing property. This is essential if the repairs will take several months to complete.

The most common faults that are found tend to be structural or related to electrical wiring, however you will also be able to identify any plumbing issues that there may be present and start getting quotes prior to making an offer (subject to the vendor or real estate agent’s consent) and that will give you a great indication of how long the repairs will take.

If you’re selling your current property you’ll be able to make decisions based upon this, which will reduce the possibility that you will need to seek temporary accommodation while the repairs are being completed, which will save you money in then. long run

For any queries ring George on 0450 632 867

BUILDING DEFECTS MELBOURNE

BUILDING DEFECTS MELBOURNE

 

Building Defects Melbourne within a building can be the result of workmanship by the builder of can be contributed to subsidence or heave especially if there are cracks involved to external and internal walls .

A defect in a older building can be contributed to the lack of maintenance by the home owner over a period of time,building just like cars require to be maintained as they do deteriorate over the years.

Always contact a professional Building inspector or consultant before purchasing your new property as new homes have defects as well

 

INADEQUATE SUPPORT TO BEARER  FOUND UNDER DECK

 

DAMAGE TO FLOOR JOISTS CAUSED BY BORERS-HOW MANY PEOPLE INSPECT THE SUB FLOOR??

 

 CRACK TO BRICK SILL GOING TO FOUNDATIONS CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE MOISTURE

DIP TO ROOF LINE TILES DUE TO TERMITE DAMAGE TO RAFTER

BRICKWORK CRACKS WALL OUT OF ALIGNMENT BY 85MM

PLUMBER CUT THE BEARER AND FLOOR JOIST TO INSTALL HIS WASTE PIPE

Definition of Building Defects

Building Inspection Defects within a new building may include issues like not complying with the energy report,the report may specify double glazing and only single glazing has been installed or if the report states that you require 3000 lt water tank and a 2000 water tank has been provided and if its not sitting on concrete footings then that’s a defect as well.

The new build is required to comply with the BCA (Building Code of Australia) as well as the Standards and tolerances

Your building inspector will be able to identify and make a list of all defects found (major or minor) for you to provide to your builder for rectification before handover

Often in new building inspections we may find that the flashings have not been installed as required ie gutters are defective if they retain a depth of more than 10mm of water ,gutters and downpipes are required to be securely fixed,wall and step flashings .and sloping sloping flashings cut into walls are defective if they do not incorporate weathering folds-these are all listed in the VBA s Standards and Tolerances

Framing is defective if they deviate by more than 4mm in any 2 m length )vertical or horizontal bow)

Stumps are defective if they deviate from vertical by more than 10mm in the 1 st metre of length
Levelness of concrete floors Except where documented otherwise, new floors are defective if within the first 24 months of handover they differ in level by more than 10 mm in any room or area, or more than 4 mm in any 2 m length. The overall deviation of floor level to the entire building footprint shall not exceed 20 mm. Refer to Item I of this Guide where the new floor is to abut an existing floor.-refer to the standards and tolerances 2015

In older buildings that have been constructed prior to 1960 when the building construction standards were not as rigid these buildings do still comply and do not require alterations to comply with today’s requirements unless you intend to change some building elements that will need to be compliant with the current BCA requirements

Many older buildings develop cracks over a period of time ,these cracks require to be assessed as to there width and require monitoring to discover whether the cracks increase in size ,a lot of these cracks are due to normal building settlement which is minor but sometimes these cracks can develop due to ground heave or subsidence which is either the sudden or gradual downward settling of the grounds surface

Its always wise to get a registered building Practitioner to inspect your home prior to signing the building contract and just as important if your house is a new build

Recently inspected two units that were built with so many defects that i was dumfounded that a builders work could be this bad.

I have inspected many new buildings in my time but i have never encountered anything this bad.

The owner was so stressed he did not now what to do, the builder was in the 734 the day of the build and still not finished

The owner was within his rights to terminate the building contract and should have received advice from a solicitor earlier than when he finally did.

As it turned out the solicitor that he employed was not up to date with the building requirements and the client was not receiving relevant advice and at $450 per hour that he was being charged he was going very close to being broke himself .

So important to employ a solicitor that has experience with VCAT and can get you out of a building contract legally without having to spend a fortune on legal fees.

There were major defects with the flooring levels off one of the units, the front half of the house was built on stumps and the rear half was a concrete slab.

The concrete slab floor level was not in alignment with the front half of the house, out of by 45mm ,which made the entire rear section out of alignment with the rest of the build, why did the building surveyor not pick this up-DISGRACEFUL

The Specifications section 1.0 of the energy report stated that all window and sliding doors were to be double glazing but the builder ignored this and installed single glazing.

Should the building surveyor have also picked this up-no he didn’t WHY ??

Termite protection was also a requirement but again was not provided.

All the appliances installed were different to what was required within the specifications

All timber used including lintels and beams were to be treated pine -again this was not picked up

The brickwork used was a different color to what was in the specifications

No insulation was installed into roof space, no ladders supplied for manholes, balustrades not installed in true position as per working drawings, no instantaneous hot water service installed, no water tank installed, the list goes on and one-UNBELIEVABLE but true.

The VBA states that Building surveyors and building inspectors are responsible for making sure that buildings are safe, energy efficient and liveable.

They interact with other professionals such as engineers, architects and builders to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed to comply with building regulations as well as

Carry out inspections of building work to verify if the building work complies with the building permit, the Building Act 1993 and building
regulations

• Prepare a written record of building work inspected, documenting details of noncompliant features Well in this case it seems that the Building surveyor did not comply with the above requirements of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

Always get your new building inspected by a registered building practitioner don’t take short cuts ,for the small cost involved its well worth it

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867.

CRACKS TO BRICKWORK MELBOURNE

CRACKS TO BRICKWORK MELBOURNE

cracks to brickwork melbourne

 

One of the most common building defects which can easily go undetected is cracks in brickwork.

Our building inspectors are experts in detecting any cracks during pre-purchase building inspections.

Where an inspector’s expertise is vital is in determining whether a crack is minor and part of an ageing house, or is instead a reason to be alarmed.

 Melbourne building inspections reports will include all cracks and structural defects

  • Exposure to harsh environmental conditions (e.g. drought or flood)
  • Poor quality workmanship when the building was constructed
  • Signs of damage
  • Age of the building
  • The building’s geographic location
  • Different soil types
  • Other signs of building defects such as jamming doors and windows, uneven floors, the sub floor structures condition, and more.

Common types of Brickwork cracking include:

  • Vertical cracking
  • Horizontal cracking
  • Stepped cracking
  • Diagonal cracking
  • Cogged 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 for advice and recommendations

Melbourne Building Defects

MELBOURNE BUILDING DEFECTS

Melbourne building defects
SUB FLOOR DAMAGE TO FLOOR JOIST/BEARERS

BUILDING DEFECTS MELBOURNE

Building Inspection Defects within a new building may include issues like not complying with the energy report,the report may specify double glazing and only single glazing has been installed or if the report states that you require 3000 lt water tank and a 2000 water tank has been provided and if its not sitting on concrete footings then that’s a defect as well.

The new build is required to comply with the BCA (Building Code of Australia) as well as the Standards and tolerances

Your building inspector will be able to identify and make a list of all defects found (major or minor) for you to provide to your builder for rectification before handover

Often in new building inspections we may find that the flashings have not been installed as required ie gutters are defective if they retain a depth of more than 10mm of water ,gutters and downpipes are required to be securely fixed,wall and step flashings .and sloping sloping flashings cut into walls are defective if they do not incorporate weathering folds-these are all listed in the VBA s Standards and Tolerances

Framing is defective if they deviate by more than 4mm in any 2 m length )vertical or horizontal bow)

building inspection defectsStumps are defective if they deviate from vertical by more than 10mm in the 1 st metre of length
Levelness of concrete floors Except where documented otherwise, new floors are defective if within the first 24 months of handover they differ in level by more than 10 mm in any room or area, or more than 4 mm in any 2 m length. The overall deviation of floor level to the entire building footprint shall not exceed 20 mm. Refer to Item I of this Guide where the new floor is to abut an existing floor.-refer to the standards and tolerances 2015

In older buildings that have been constructed prior to 1960 when the building construction standards were not as rigid these buildings do still comply and do not require alterations to comply with todays requirements unless you intend to change some building elements that will need to be compliant with the current BCA requirements

Many older buildings develop cracks over a period of time ,these cracks require to be assessed as to there width and require monitoring to discover whether the cracks increase in size ,a lot of these cracks are due to normal building settlement which is minor but sometimes these cracks can develop due to ground heave or subsidence which is either the sudden or gradual downward settling of the grounds surface

Its always wise to get a registered building Practioner to inspect your home prior to signing the building contract and just as important if your house is a new build

Recently inspected two units that were built with so many defects that i was dumfounded that a builders work could be this bad.

I have inspected many new buildings in my time but i have never encountered anything this bad.

The owner was so stressed he did not now what to do, the builder was in the 734 the day of the build and still not finished

The owner was within his rights to terminate the building contract and should have received advice from a solicitor earlier than when he finally did.

As it turned out the solicitor that he employed was not up to date with the building requirements and the client was not receiving relevant advice and at $450 per hour that he was being charged he was going very close to being broke himself .

So important to employ a solicitor that has experience with VCAT and can get you out of a building contract legally without having to spend a fortune on legal fees.

building inspection defectsThere were major defects with the flooring levels off one of the units, the front half of the house was built on stumps and the rear half was a concrete slab.

The concrete slab floor level was not in alignment with the front half of the house, out of by 45mm ,which made the entire rear section out of alignment with the rest of the build, why did the building surveyor not pick this up-DISGRACEFUL

The Specifications section 1.0 of the energy report stated that all window and sliding doors were to be double glazing but the builder ignored this and installed single glazing.

Should the building surveyor have also picked this up-no he didn’t WHY ??

Termite protection was also a requirement but again was not provided.

All the appliances installed were different to what was required within the specifications

All timber used including lintels and beams were to be treated pine -again this was not picked up

The brickwork used was a different color to what was in the specifications

No insulation was installed into roof space, no ladders supplied for manholes, balustrades not installed in true position as per working drawings, no instantaneous hot water service installed, no water tank installed, the list goes on and one-UNBELIEVABLE but true.

The VBA states that Building surveyors and building inspectors are responsible for making sure that buildings are safe, energy efficient and liveable.

They interact with other professionals such as engineers, architects and builders to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed to comply with building regulations as well as

Carry out inspections of building work to verify if the building work complies with the building permit, the Building Act 1993 and building
regulations

• Prepare a written record of building work inspected, documenting details of noncompliant features Well in this case it seems that the Building surveyor did not comply with the above requirements of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

Always get your new building inspected by a registered building practitioner don’t take short cuts ,for the small cost involved its well worth it

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867

BUILDING INSPECTIONS MELBOURNE-DO I NEED ONE ?

BUILDING INSPECTIONS MELBOURNE-DO I NEED ONE ??

Building Inspections  Melbourne-Do i need one ??
DO I NEED AN INSPECTION-AFTER LOOKING AT THE PHOTO ABOVE WHAT DO YOU THINK ??

It’s important that you get your building inspection prior to signing any legal contracts. Doing so prior to signing gives you the opportunity to back out of a sale that you don’t want to carry on with, which can save you money in the long run or you may be able to renegotiate the price.

 

I have inspected so many homes after the clients have purchased that are riddled with so many defects that required thousands to rectify if they had conducted pre purchase building inspection prior to purchase they would have saved thousands yes building inspections are important.

Building Inspections Melbourne-Do I need one?
CRACKS TO WALLS -YOU NEED AN INSPECTION ??

 

A Building and Pest Inspection costs approx between $450-$700 depending on the size of the property and location ,a pest inspection on its own costs approx $300 so a Building and Pest Inspection at $500 is good value and the inspection most preferred by clients

 

Building and Pest Inspection is different to just a Building Inspection as during the inspection no inspection will be conducted looking for live termites or damage by termites to any structure of the building therefore the building that you are looking to buy may have substantial termite damage that you wont now exists therefore costing you thousands to rectify once moving in to your new home, its always wise to have a termite inspection for the small cost involved

 

For the amount of destruction termites can do to a property its always essential to include a termite inspection as part of the building inspection.

Building Inspections Melbourne-Do I Need One??
TERMITES AND BORERS ARE NASTY -DO I NEED A INSPECTION??

 

By getting a home inspection completed, you will also find that you may have more bargaining power and can renegotiate the price down if you find that there are defects that need to be repaired.

 

Property pre purchase inspections are essential for a number of reasons and can save you significant issues in the long run. When you’re spending hundreds of thousands on a property, a few hundred dollars is “nothing” in the grand scheme of things.

 

When you get a property pre purchase inspection, you will be able to identify structural or other issues that may either be costly to repair, or could pose a serious risk to you later on.

A pre purchase inspection will give you the opportunity make one of two decisions.

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.

 

  • 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 juctions
  • 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 fascias 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

Not many people realize that there is no requirement for building inspectors doing pre purchase building inspections in Melbourne to be registered with the VBA so its very important that you check you your building inspectors credentials before hiring him, read his reviews as this always give you a good indication of the workmanship of the practitioner.

There are many people who call themselves consultants as well and they have the knowledge to conduct pre purchase inspections as they were Registered but have decided to no longer work as builders as they may be semi retired or don’t want the constant rigours involved with building-there are many great building consultants that are no longer registered with the VBA

House Inspections are Registered Building Practitioners servicing all Melbourne suburbs ,for more information ring George on 0450 653 867

 

 

 

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

house inspection benefits
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