HOME INSPECTORS MELBOURNE

Home Inspectors Melbourne

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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. 

Structural Defects

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.

home inspectors melbourneExterior 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, 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.

home inspectors melbourne 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.

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

home inspectors melbourne 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.

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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

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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 all inquiries and advice ring George direct on 0450 632 867