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Pre Purchase Building Inspections Berwick

The purchase of a house is a big decision and the most important thing is to employ an experienced Building Inspections 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 I’ve 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 buy it

How many times have I inspected the subfloor only to uncover rotten floorboards, 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 realizing that he just bought himself a “Lemon” which was going to cost him thousands to remedy

More people get their 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 Building Inspections Berwick 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 roofline -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
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 their 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 handle 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 unconnected wiring-any timber or debris present and has the ductwork been installed correctly or is it damaged
DECKS-BALCONIES-GARAGES-PERGOLAS-are all the balustrades installed correctly or any evidence of rot, minimum 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 opening and closing-any cracks to concrete labor 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 detac
ALL INTERNAL AREAS-are all the ceilings intact with any evidence of cracking, sagging or mold 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 tapware and pipes are they operating adequately-shower tiles and grout are they showing signs of deterioration and any water damage to skirtings
Our shower screens are intact with the door opening and closing and are they sealed not allowing any water to escape-are toilets operating as intended are there any blockages noted -is the vanity condition satisfactory or are their 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 bathtub 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 an 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

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 to 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 their attention to detail and the quality of there reports ring Building inspections, Doncaster, for any free advice

For all advice and recommendations ring George on 0402 198 639

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