Home Inspectors Melbourne
BUILDING INSPECTORS MELBOURNE
One of the common misconceptions is that all House Inspectors Melbourne inspectors are registered; this is far from the truth as the industry is unregulated in Victoria therefore allowing anyone to conduct 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 home inspector will inspect the roof space and crawl under the sub floor looking for any structural issues within the structure, are the piers sound and are the bearers, joists and stumps ok, is there any signs of termites or there trailings, dampness is a big issue with a lot of homes and an inspection is conducted using moisture meters to test for the presence of water ,he will conduct an inspection of over 1000 items throughout the house.
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, 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 making it very good investment in conducting a house inspectors Melbourne inspection.
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.
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.
Building Inspections is as the name implies,before a client purchases a house they will appoint a building inspections company to inspect there prospective property and to provide a detailed building inspection report on the condition -Building Inspections-House Inspections Melbourne reports are important.
They will identify any existing defects and provide comments including photos in there report so as there client can have a better understanding of the extent of any damage that may exist
When doing a building inspection we are constantly on look out for any minor or major defects that are there,our inspections are visual inspections therefore we cannot cut open or take apart any part of the building
Sometimes conducting the building inspections it can become quiet intensive and your always on the look out for any defects as missing just one can become a very big problem for both the inspector and the client
We always recommend that the client attend the building inspections, although its not imperative that they do,but at the same time it can become quiet a distraction as the client is always asking questions therefore stopping your thought process
It can become quiet stressful for prospective buyers especially if its there first home,I’ve had clients who during the inspection process they have heart palpitations(they tell me) and i constantly tell them its OK just relax
We normally conduct two inspections a day but sometimes we can do three,the biggest headaches is going back to the office and doing the reports as sometimes it can take up to two hours for just one report
Normally house- inspections require 24 hours notice but sometimes they can do an inspection on the same day
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.
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
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
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
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
Rafter and ceiling joist ok ,no defects noted
No termite damage to any structural timbers
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For all inquiries and advice ring George direct on 0450 632 867