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
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.
Don’t take chances.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about which stages are vital.
The inherit dangers of second story windows and openings.
STAGED BUILDING INSPECTIONS
HANDOVER BUILDING INSPECTION
Are you purchasing a near new or building a new property??
Having a staged and/or hand over building inspection can pick up some issues that will cause you costly defects in the future. Don’t be fooled by new and shiny looking materials that can impress at a first glance.
This property in Seaford, South Australia had tek-screws through valley gutters and box guttering which will cause you massive headaches in the future. Once the rubber grommet on the tek-screw perishes it will allow water to pass the screw allowing the gutter to leak and eventually rust. This will be a costly defect to rectify in the future and will cause subsequent damage, further increasing the repair bills.
You would think that this type of thing would not be allowed to happen in today’s modern building practices, but as a professional property inspector I can tell you it is a regular occurrence. Purchasing a new home certainly does not void the risk of building defects. Always be aware of the quality of the trades that are working on your home.
Feeling concerned about an upcoming building project or property handover? Call now for a quick chat- 0401 953 057
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Avoid Costly Oversights
This is a photo of a house built in Victor Harbor, Adelaide South Australia which is built on stumps. As you can see this stump is sitting on a paver which is sitting on dirt. Basically this is a big red light! If any water washes beneath this property it can quite easily remove some dirt away from beneath the paving, causing it to sink. This would of course result in damage to the flooring above and significant repair costs.
Everybody enjoys a rendered finish on their home, but unless done correctly it can quickly become a costly & ugly nightmare.
How To Make Sure You Don’t Get Caught Out!
- Staged Building inspections
- Performed at certain stages during the build
- Quickly identify these potential issues
- Rectify any potential problems during the early stages of development
A2Z have extensive experience in working with property developers and builders and ensuring that their work is up to industry standard. Phone Aaron today to discuss your options when building.