Pre Purchase Inspections-The Purchase of a house can be a very daunting experience

The purchase of a house is a big decision and the most important thing is to employ an experienced building inspector to check out your property for any defects that are existing.  I fail to understand why so many people when buying a property do not do a building inspection as ive seen some many houses that have so many problems that my advice to my clients has been DO NOT BUY THIS HOUSE-there are too many structural issues that will cost you thousands to rectify,but ultimately someone will but it

How many times have i inspected the sub floor only to uncover rotten floor boards,termite trails and defective stumps holding bearers and floor joists that are ready to collapse, my client had walked away from the purchase but someone else bought it and he was celebrating at the day of auction without realising that he just bought himself a “Lemon” which was going to cost him thousands to remedy

More people get there car inspected for faults before buying rather than there new house purchase-CRAZY,they  just paid hundreds of thousands of dollars and they were worried about paying out $500-$700 for a Building Inspection,it just does not make sense


ROOF DEFECTS-Your House Inspector Melbourne inspector will inspect for any Roof Defects which should include-Rusted roof sheeting-Cracked Tiles-Moss buildup on tiles-hip and ridge capping and check the mortar for any cracks.He will also check your roof line -is it even??-any tree overhang -box gutter conditions etc rust,ponding or any debris .He will also check any parapet walls if required and all valley gutters

Tarneit Building inspections identify all defects
Tarneit Building Inspections Rotten Fascia

GUTTERS AND DOWNPIPES-Checking of your gutters is a must as he will look for rust and any debris that could cause problems with surface water going back into your home-are the downpipes connected to storm water-are the downpipes rusted or blocked-are they aligned correctly

FASCIA AND EAVES-Is there any evidence of any rot present,is the timber sound,are the eaves even or have they become detached-is there evidence of Asbestos present

WEATHERBOARDS-Are the weatherboards even,any sign of timber fungal decay-are the plinth boards intact-any evidence of termite infestation -inadequate subfloor ventilation is very important to check as is cross flow ventilation-Gaps around window and door frames

BRICKWORK-Are there any signs of any structural defects or settlement cracks to brickwork and do they pose a safety issue-any rising damp present-is the damp proof course visible-is the mortar holding its strength-weep holes present and are they clear of debris or vegetation-any evidence of cracking over windows and doors -are all lintels in good order

WINDOWS AND DOORS-Any evidence of timber decay to doors and timber windows-any cracking to glass panes-sash cords broken/damaged-are the windows opening or are they binding-are any doors binding-are all locks and handles ok-any door rattle-door seals

SUB FLOOR-probably the most important part of the building inspection -any evidence of dampness or any surface water present-all plumbing intact-no leaking from bathrooms or the Laundry-any decay rot to timber flooring,joists and bearers-any decay to timber stumps,are the concrete stumps cracked have they been installed correctly-inadequate footings-all electrical wiring installed correctly,no loose un connected wiring-any timber or debris present and has the ductwork been installed correctly or is it damaged and

damage to floorboards in sub floor
damage to floor boards in sub floor

not operating as intended

DECKS-BALCONIES-GARAGES-PERGOLAS-are all the balustrades installed correctly or any evidence of rot,minimun gaps required of no more than 125mm between railings as this is a safety issue for children-is the decking and framing adequate and been installed according to the building code-all pergolas installed correctly with no evidence of timber decay,post rot and all decking is installed correctly-are all the gutters and downpipes installed as required

GARAGE AND CARPORTS-is the condition of the roof gutters and downpipes reasonable or do they require rectification-any evidence of water damage to doors-are the garage doors openening and closing-any cracks to concrete slabor oil stains

ROOF FRAME-whats the condition of the roof cladding-any leaks present or evidence of broken tiles-are all framing timbers secure and installed to the building code-is the insulation adequate,does the insulation touch any downlights-are there downlight covers installed-is the condition of ductwork satisfactory or is it detachedroof void inspections

ALL INTERNAL AREAS-are all the ceilings intact with any evidence of cracking, sagging or mould present in bathrooms or laundries-are the moisture readings within the range,is all flooring intact with no defects,no evidence of sagging or “bouncing”floors-are the floors level-are all doors and windows closing or is there evidence of “binding”-no evidence of any structural defects and are all floor coverings satisfactory

BATHROOMS-KITCHENS-LAUNDRY-check water pressure,and evidence of water hammer present-all tap ware and pipes are they operating adequately-shower tiles and grout are they showing signs of deteriotion and any water damage to skirtings-are shower screens intact with door opening and closing and are they sealed not alowing any water to escape-are toilets operating as intended are there any blockages noted -is the vanity condition satisfactory or are there defects present-are exhaust fans present and are they operating as intended and are all tap flanges sealed correctly or is there water leaking into the sub floor-Check bath tub installation and how quick the excess water is leaving or are there blockages which will require rectification

SITE AND LAND-We check the drainage,any blocked drains present,is the surface water flowing away from the house or going back to the foundations-are all fences intact with no fungus decay evident to any timber members-are the retaining walls sound with no leaning or rot evident-is the driveway in reasonable condition with no cracking or settlement to concrete noted-Are any trees causing cracking to brick walls -are the pool gates self closing with no defects noted to any pool fencing

TERMITE INSPECTIONS-A full pest inspection should always be performed as per A.S. Inspection of Buildings Part 3-Timber Pest Inspections-are there any live termite or termite nests visible and any evidence of termite activity to all timbers internally and externally-are moisture readings satisfactory as already mentioned-and sign of borer damage-report on all timber fungal decay and rot present  and any conductive conditions currently present that will attract termite

concrete has exposed reinforcing thats rusted

As you can see there are so many defects that the building inspector will look for which makes a Building inspection a good investment,you will receive a detailed inspection report with photos and approx costs to rectify any defects,you should also receive a phone call from your inspector if your not present to give you all details -good and bad from your Building Inspections Melbourne inspector

Always make sure you hire a competent VBA Registered Practitioner as he will give you advice that could save you thousands in the end,the industry in Victoria is not regulated so anyone can do inspections,i now of people who used to be car salesmen and motor mechanics and now call themselves Building Inspectors,what a lot of rubbish so please always ask the right questions and get advice from The VBA or Consumer Affairs and if an inspector says hes registered check out his registration with the VBA before employing him-House Inspection Melbourne inspectors are all registered


This tip alone has the potential to save you thousands:

Prior to signing of any contracts ensure that you always delete the agents condition “MAJOR STRUCTURAL ” and initial  the deletion and also get the agent to initial-then under the special conditions of the contract write the following:”SUBJECT TO A SATISFACTORY BUILDING AND PEST INSPECTION’if there is finance to be approved include the word”FINANCE”and be the last bidder and increase your offer in lots of $1000

One of the most trusted House Inspections Melbourne firms is House -Inspections that have provided honest and reliable inspections for many years and they pride themselves on there attention to detail and the quality of there reports

For all advice and recommendations ring George on 0450 632 867



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