28 Jun 2019
Staged Build Building Inspections

Notice anything? Don’t let this happen to your dream.

Some builders will try to pull the wool over your eyes

A2Z Building Inspections not only provides pre purchase building inspections to existing properties, we also do staged building Inspections to new houses under construction.

This was a staged building inspection to a house under construction at Victor Harbor in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. The roof trusses at this property were installed poorly which would have caused major issues at the roof covering stage.

Noticing this issue ensures you the client ends up with a quality build which you are paying for.

Can you imagine signing off on you brand new home, only to discover later that the tradespeople have conducted sub-standard workmanship? The worse part is, unbeknownst to new property owners, chances are you won’t find out until there is a more costly problem like water coming in through your ceiling! Obviously this amounts to severe financial impact, not to mention the interruption to your families everyday life.

Building a new home?

Adding a extension?

Stage Building Inspections - A2Z

Here at A2Z Building Inspections we perform Staged/Progress inspections. We often find defects in new properties which can cause you expensive issues in the future which can be avoided if found and rectified In the building process.
This new build in Adelaide,  South Australia has had a string of defects during the build which have been now rectified eliminating the possibility of future defects.
In this case the end hip cap tile is incorrectly/poorly finished allowing water in when raining which will cause premature rusting to the fascia. Ridge  cap pointing is cracked already and the sisulation had not been cut back which will make it start deteriorating due to weathering.
Make sure your new build goes smoothly and to a acceptable high standard.

Don’t take chances.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about which stages are vital.

19 Jun 2019
Balustrade Safety
Balustrade Safety!

I often find while performing pre purchase building inspections balustrades with the ever so popular stainless steel balustrade wires that often exceed the maximum gap allowed of 125mm which is in accordance with the Australian Standard 1170.1.
If  your property utilizes this set up it is advised that regular checking of the wire tension is performed. This can be critical for infants and little kids. Remember it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure safety on your balconies- don’t let a mishap occur, it could cost someones life.

Invest with confidence!

This pre purchace home inspection was located in Aldinga Beach.
04 Jun 2019

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An expert from the Association of Business Consultants shares his top tips for obtaining a professional pre-purchase inspection.

Having a pre-purchase inspection done by an experienced building consultant – even on a new-build home – assists in making an informed decision about the purchase. To the untrained eye, a home might appear to be in good condition but an experienced and reputable building consultant can look for problems lurking below the surface and ‘see through’ coats of paint.

Don’t stress over the findings

A report that shows an issue doesn’t have to signal the end of a sale. What it does is identify what needs urgent attention and what longer term maintenance should be considered. Not only can that help in negotiations, it also provides the opportunity for estimates on repair costs before the cooling-off period expires or a contract is signed. Problem purchasers make their offer subject to obtaining a report from an experienced building inspector.

New homes aren’t fault-free

A home under construction should still have an independent review of work being done, to identify any major faults now rather than well down the track or when it comes to sale time. Don’t assume a builder or contractor is doing everything to the highest standard – and remember that an inspection might be the last line of defense against major defects.

Go to the inspection

More buyers are now going to pre-purchase inspections with their building consultant so they can discuss any concerns and get greater context of any issues found. This avoids a novice buyer placing an over-emphasis on a minor problem or, even worse, not realising the seriousness of a defect. An average inspection takes about two hours to check the roof cavity, salt damp, moisture levels, paving, electrical and plumbing work as part of a comprehensive checklist.

Listen to advice

There may be times when a pre-purchase inspection identifies something that needs greater examination. Your building consultant may recommend a specialist expert be engaged before the sale concludes. Ignoring that advice runs the risk of an issue turning out to be far more expensive to rectify or a much bigger deal than originally anticipated.

Know your rights

A pre-purchase inspection can be done at any stage during the sales process and does not have to wait until a contract has been signed or a cooling off period has started. Don’t forget that an offer on a property can, and should, be made subject to the outcome of a building inspection report.


More advice and information about the Association of Building Consultants at www.buildinginspectors.org.au