What Does A Building Inspection in Melbourne Include

Building Inspection in Melbourne

A Building Inspection – What does it Include?

Congratulations! You’re probably thinking about buying a house, and you’ve heard about the importance of building inspections. Or maybe you’re just doing a bit of research on the checklist of ‘things to do before buying a home’. But what do they actually include? Well, good question. Here at Premium Pre-Purchase Inspections, we are the first point of call for Melbourne building inspections, so you’ve come to the right place to work out what they are all about.

We’ll Arrange It

When you are serious about a property, you’ll need to find out what its true condition is. However, taking the word of the real estate agent’s report is risky business. By booking an inspection with us, we will arrange a time to attend the property. You’re welcome to make it along. However, we understand that this isn’t always possible.

The Inspection

We pride ourselves on our ability to carry out the thorough of Melbourne’s building inspections. Licensed in construction, we are familiar with a plethora of building styles, which—along with their characteristics—bring different types of faults. Our inspector will attend the home and inspect a number of different areas of the home. In particular, these are:

  •      The interior of the building
  •      The roof void
  •      The roof exterior
  •      The building’s exterior
  •      The sub-floor space
  •      The property within 30m of the building

Throughout the inspection, we will check for more defects than you can possibly imagine. However, the most common ones we see are general ageing, safety concerns, weatherproofing, structural integrity, rust, moisture damage, and drainage issues. We will also photograph what we find in order to provide you with a report.

The Report

After checking each area, the next vital step is providing you with a detailed and concise report of our findings. We will summarise all the defects found throughout the Melbourne property, but we will also categorise them as ‘minor’ or ‘major’. The report will be clearly divided by the area inspected, which will help you navigate through the report (they are roughly 100 pages long).

The most imperative aspect of our report is the recommendations. We will advise you of the nature of the defect, but also what type of specialised tradesman can help you further.

What Next?

After gaining all of this information, you’re probably wondering what you can do with it all. However, the advantage of having a Melbourne building inspection carried out is quite clear. Once you know all about the home’s defects you could:

  1. Seek advice on the repairs by speaking to a tradesman qualified to fix it.
  2. Budget for the future by knowing what it might cost to have the repairs carried out.
  3. Negotiate a better price if it is a private sale. Knowing the defects could be a powerful bargaining tool.
  4. Avoid the sale altogether if you think that the asking price isn’t reflective of the problems. Or if spending time getting them fixed is too much of a hassle.

Contact The Professionals

There is no substitute for peace of mind when buying a home; it is vital that you act with due diligence before committing to such an investment. Premium Pre-Purchase inspections will help you with your every need for Melbourne building inspections. Call us on 0412 515 498 or book online today.

 

When To Organise A Building Inspection in Melbourne

Building Inspection in Melbourne

When do I Organise A Building Inspection in Melbourne?

If you’re in the process of buying a property for the first time, you might be seeking clarification on what a building inspection in Melbourne consists of and when it might be needed. Alternatively, you might have had a nasty experience with a previous sale and you’d like to err on the side of caution. Whatever the reason, building inspections are a truly imperative aspect of buying a house.

So What Is It?

If you are thinking about a building inspection, be sure to employ the services of a construction industry expert that is familiar with plenty of different carpentry styles. They will attend the property that you are thinking of buying and check it for all different kinds of defects—both large and small. The in-depth report will provide you with a rundown of what has been found, which helps you in a number of ways:

  1. Seek advice on repairs. This is a critical aspect of having a building inspection. Once you know what the problems are, you can establish how serious the problems are by speaking to specialised tradesmen.
  2. Budget. If you know how much the repairs might cost, it could be the difference in how high your offer goes.
  3. Negotiate. If the defects are significant enough, they can provide you with critical bargaining power in the event of a private sale. If going to auction, it might mean setting yourself a lower limit if you know the property value is affected.

When Should I Book A Building Inspection?

Not all sales processes are the same. Some are private, and some are by auction. However, building inspections should always be undertaken before you agree to a sale. Once you have committed, there is little-to-no recourse—even if the house is full of problems. A building inspection for your Melbourne property will ensure that you are best prepared for going to the market.  

Pre-purchase Building Inspection

In this instance, we will contact the vendor and book in a time to attend the property before you make an offer. Once you know what the problems are, you might like to alter your offer, negotiate a better one, or avoid making one entirely.

Pre-Auction Building Inspection

Auctions are exciting, but they are also legally binding! Once that hammer comes down there is no going back; you are committed to the sale. A building inspection prior to an auction will give you a wealth of knowledge about what you are bidding for. By understanding the defects of the Melbourne home, you can go in with a much cooler head—especially because you will have a greater knowledge of what the house is really worth.

Independent Is Key!

Some real estate agents can offer building inspection reports free of charge, but these are not always reliable. They might be missing critical information to help push the sale. Booking with an independent inspector such as Premium Pre-Purchase Inspections in Melbourne will ensure a meticulous approach where nothing is left out. We are undoubtedly the best option for your Melbourne building inspection. Call us on 0412 515 598 for a quote, or book online today.

 

Why get a building inspection?

The property you’re looking to buy could look fine on the surface, but have a long list of defects and issues that you can’t see. Defects and issues that could potentially cost you tens of thousands of dollars to fix.

So it makes sense to get a house inspection and building report before you buy.

Purchasing a home or investment property is one of the biggest purchases you ever make. So when you’re looking to buy a property, you want to make sure that it is a good investment and won’t turn out to be a money pit. And, that is why it is smart to get a building inspection and a pest inspection done by a reputable building inspector.

When you get a building inspection, you:

 

Know what you’re buying before you buy

While the property that you’re looking at could look fine on the surface, it could have a long list of defects, structural issues or pests that you can’t see. And these building and pest issues could cost you big bucks to fix. If you get a house inspection done first, you’ll know exactly what you’re buying, before you even put in an offer or make a bid. And when you’re armed with this information, you can make a sound decision about whether or not it is a good buy or a bad buy. And, if there are issues, you can use the report to help you negotiate a lower purchase price.

A good building or home inspection and report will tell you:

  • if there are any major defects or structural problems.
  • if there has been dodgy building work or issues covered up.
  • if there are leaks or waterproofing issues.
  • if there are any signs of termites, mould or fungus’.
  • what the minor defects are and what your ongoing maintenance costs will be.
  • what it will cost you to get the property up to scratch.

Can negotiate a lower price

They say knowledge is power, and when it comes to buying property is definitely is. If the property you are looking to buy does have issues, a home inspection and building report will tell you exactly what the issues are. Many purchasers then use the building report they have gotten to negotiate a lower purchase price with the seller. Because a good house inspection and building report will tell you what each issue or defect is likely to cost to fix, you are in a strong position to negotiate a lower purchase price based on these costs.

 

Get the opinion of an expert

When you have a home inspection and building report done, you get the opportunity to talk directly with the building inspector and have your questions about the property answered by someone who knows what they are talking about. They should also be able to connect you with other experts who can help you work through any issues the building has. This could be a plumber or electrician, builder, structural engineer, property surveyor, landscaper, or anyone else you need help from.

 

It’s a smart investment that could save you time and stress

While a pre-purchase home inspection will cost you a little bit of money, in the scheme of things it is nothing compared to the amount of money it could save you in the long run. Getting a pre-purchase house inspection can also save you the time and stress that comes along with buying a house that has a host of hidden defects, shoddy work, structural issues or pests.

 

Premium Pre-purchase Inspections Melbourne

As a registered Master Builder and Pest Inspector, with more than 30 years real building experience, Premium Pre-purchase Inspections Melbourne, are a great choice for your pre-purchase home inspection.

Our extensive industry experience means we’ve seen it all before – the dodgy cover-ups, shoddy work and of course the structural issues and problems that develop overtime. So you can be confident that we will pick up any issues with the property you’re looking at. And, unlike many other building inspectors and pre-purchase house inspection companies, we go below the surface to thoroughly check everything. We get under the floor, we get up in the roof, we use infrared cameras and moisture meters, and thoroughly inspect every aspect of a building. So you know exactly what the issues and problems are and what it will cost to fix them.

Our house inspections and Building Report’s are designed to make it easy for you to understand what’s going on with the property and include clear photos and assessments on the properties:

  • roof – exterior and interior
  • building – exterior and interior
  • sub-floor structure
  • decks and verandas
  • fences
  • flooring
  • stairs
  • windows
  • carport and garage
  • plumbing
  • structural soundness.

BOOK your PPI Building and House Inspection now, or contact us for a QUOTE.

Who can do a building report?

Building Inspection in Melbourne

Here in Melbourne there are no regulations as to who can and can’t perform a building inspection and provide you with a report.

Pretty much anyone can call themselves a Building Inspector, regardless of whether or not they have any experience, qualifications or training in the building industry or property inspections.

 

What to look for when choosing someone to do a building report

If you’re looking to get a building inspection, you probably want it to decide whether or not the property you are looking at buying is a good investment. So you want to make sure that the person or business that you go with is reputable and going to do a thorough inspection and that you can rely on the report that they provide.

Here is a list of the key things that you should look for when choosing a Building Inspector:

 

Qualifications

While pretty much anyone can do a building report, you want to make sure that the person you choose has the experience, expertise and qualifications to do it. Ideally they should:

  • be a Registered Builder
  • have building qualifications
  • be a registered Pest Inspector
  • have extensive experience in the building industry.

 

What they look at

Different inspectors have different processes in place. When you are getting a building report, you want to make sure that it is thorough and that you can rely on the information in the building report. A good inspector will do more than just walk through the property. They will get up on the roof, in the roof and under the floor to thoroughly inspect the property for defects, structural issues and any signs of pest activity. They should also use specialist equipment, including moisture meters, infrared cameras and tools to check wood for the presence of termites.

 

Insurance

Make sure you ask the building inspector about what sort of insurance cover they have in place. You want to make sure that they will be covered if something gets damaged or broken as part of the inspection. They should as a minimum have Professional Indemnity Insurance in place. If a building inspector doesn’t have any insurance in place, find someone else.

 

How quickly they can do the building report

If you want a building report done on a property that you are looking to buy, you probably need the report in your hands as soon as possible. So when you’re looking for someone to do your building report ask them how soon they can come and inspect the property and how quickly they can provide the report. Most reputable building inspectors will be able to inspect the property within 24 hours and provide the report within a day. If an inspector you are talking to can’t do this it may be a sign that you should talk to someone else.

 

Premium Pre-purchase Inspections Melbourne

As a registered Master Builder and Pest Inspector, with more than 30 years real building experience, Premium Pre-purchase Inspections Melbourne, is a great choice if you are looking for a building inspection and report.

Our extensive industry experience means we’ve seen it all before – the dodgy cover-ups, shoddy work and of course the structural issues and problems that develop overtime. So you can be confident that we will pick up any issues with the property you’re looking at. And, unlike many other building inspectors, we go below the surface to thoroughly check everything. We get under the floor, we get up in the roof, we use infrared cameras and moisture meters, and thoroughly inspect every aspect of a building. So you know exactly what the issues and problems are and what it will cost to fix them.

Our Building Report’s are designed to make it easy for you to understand what’s going on with the property and include clear photos and assessments on the properties:

  • roof – exterior and interior
  • building – exterior and interior
  • sub-floor structure
  • decks and verandas
  • fences
  • flooring
  • stairs
  • windows
  • carport and garage
  • plumbing
  • structural soundness.

BOOK your PPI Building and House Inspection now, or contact us for a QUOTE.