Melbourne Building Defects

Melbourne Building Defects

What to Expect from a Building Inspection

When you are looking for a new home, one of the most important steps is to have a building inspection. This will help you to identify any potential problems with the property and negotiate with the seller on their repairs.

While some defects may be minor, others can be quite serious and lead to substantial remedial costs in the future.

It’s important to be aware of the most common building defects so that you know what to look for during your inspection.

Rotten decayed stumps are a problem if the house still has timber stumps. They should be replaced with concrete stumps to provide a solid foundation for the building.

If you are buying an older home, then you may want to watch out for timber framing which can be prone to rotting, warping, and termite damage.

Another common defect is water penetration, caused by roofing defects, guttering faults or mould appearing throughout the house from the subfloor to the bathrooms.

Be sure to ask the seller to provide any inspection reports from Building or Pest Inspectors so that you can get a clear idea of the state of the property.

By knowing what to expect, you can rest assured that you are making a well-informed decision when buying a home.

Melbourne building defects are building inspection services conducted by house inspections

Ceilings not in Alignment

Ceilings in the house can be out of alignment due to poor workmanship or not enough glue on the plaster sheeting. This can be fixed but it’s not a cheap repair.


Check the chimneys for cracks, loose mortar, and missing roof tiles. If the chimney is not in good condition, it may need to be rebuilt which can be expensive.

Damp and Mould

One of the most common problems is dampness and mould to the subfloor which could be due to broken/blocked storm water pipes, the contour of the land, not connected waste pipes from wet areas. If not treated, it can cause extensive damage to the structure of the building and cost a lot of money to repair.

Doors and Windows

Check that all the doors and windows open and close properly and there is no water leakage from window flashings. Replacement of windows and doors can be expensive.

Electrical Wiring

Check the electrical wiring for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Poorly installed wiring can be a fire hazard and needs to be fixed by a professional.

In older homes, the electrical wiring may not be up to standard. This can lead to problems such as electric shocks, short circuits, and fires.

Floors and Tiles

Check the floors and tiles for any signs of cracking, slipping, or warping. If they are in bad condition, they may need to be replaced which can be expensive. Carpets should be checked for any blemishes as they may need replacement costing money to repair

Plumbing Faults

This is often a consequence of poor workmanship by the tradesperson, which can result in leaking taps, blocked drains, and water pressure problems. All of these faults will need to be fixed by a professional plumber and can be expensive.


Check the roof for missing tiles, cracked slates, rust, and moss. If there is a lot of damage, the roof may need to be replaced especially if there are dips within the external roofline which could lead to water penetration. This is a costly repair.

Structural Defects

Look for any signs of structural defects such as bowing or leaning walls, uneven floors and sinking foundations. If left untreated, these defects can cause the building to collapse so it’s important to get them fixed as soon as possible.

Windows and Glass

Check the windows and glass for any signs of cracks, chips or wear and tear. If they are in bad condition, they may need to be replaced which can be expensive.

If you are buying a property, it is important to be aware of the most common building defects. While some may be minor, others can be more serious that could cost you thousands to repair.

By enlisting the help of a Melbourne building inspector you will ensure that your new home is defect and structural free, well worth the small cost

Melbourne building defects are inspected by House Inspections providing you with a report detailing all structural and major defects found. Giving you peace of mind.