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??
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.
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.
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 it makes it very good investment conducting a home 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.
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.
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 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.