pre purchase home inspectionTo avoid disappointment and heartache later you need to know the problems before you buy with a pre-purchase building inspection.

When you are looking to buy a new home you are rightfully looking for the reasons to buy. You will look at how many bedrooms it has. You will check if it has an en-suite. What about how well laid out the kitchen is. Does it have a cellar, a shed or a sewing room etc.

While focusing rightfully however on these positive points you may not notice defects that may exist in the house which could cause anxiety and/or grief after purchase.

To avoid later disappointment it is important to also know the problems before you buy.

It makes sense therefore to have a reliable home building inspector carry out a concise and detailed pre-purchase building inspection. To know the problems before you buy we can present you with a professional, personal, independent and unbiased pre-purchase building inspection report.

Reliable Home Inspections offers a premium service with all building inspections and related reports.

Because our inspection is so thorough we may not be the cheapest about town but we are also not the most expensive. We offer true value for money.

Rather than present just a tick sheet which identifies the faults in a list, our reports are descriptive, with the option to include photos for better clarification. Where appropriate, rather than just identify that a fault exists, we offer opinion, observation and advice on the impact that particular fault will have so that you might make a qualified judgement on the building you are setting your hopes and dreams on.

The building elements typically inspected (but not limited to) in a Reliable Home Inspections building inspection are listed below, each item being visually inspected to the extent possible by access limitations that may exist on site.


Interior of the building

Ceilings
We look for things like sagging ceilings, popping nails, defective lining, cracking, dampness and damp damage, amongst other things.

Walls
We look for things like bulging walls, popping nails, defective lining, cracking, dampness and damp damage (including rising damp), distortion, verticality, drummy plaster and render.

Floors
We look for things like timber floor damage, levelness, dampness and damp damage, floor movement such as spring and bounce, concrete floors cracking, surface damage.

Windows (whether timber or metal)
We look for things like integrity of putty, broken or cracked glass, sash operation (if access available), sash fittings and hardware, water staining, decaying frames and sashes (timber rot or metal corrosion).

Doors and frames
We look for things like binding, damaged, loose or badly fitting doors, defective door hardware, corroded or decaying frames.

Cupboards & Built in Wardrobes (including kitchen and vanities)
We look for things like bench top lifting or delamination, damage (including water), operation of doors and drawers, sink/taps (for operation, chips, cracks, leaking, etc).

Tiles
We look for things like drummy, cracked, loose, or missing tiling, likewise for grouting and sealant, including internal corners (particularly in showers) and against adjacent surfaces (bench tops etc).

Plumbing
We look for things like adequacy of water supply to each item (including water hammer), leaking, cisterns, pans, baths etc for cracking, leaking, installation and stability, visual signs of leakage in showers, shower screens for function and broken glass, cracking or delaminating of mirrors, condition of tubs/cabinets etc.

Ventilation
We check that the house has adequate ventilation.

Stairs
We check the stringer, handrails/balusters, newel posts, treads and risers (this applies to external stairs also).

Electrical
We check that you have a safety switch or not, that you have a smoke detector/s and we check that lights and fans work and that power points (where accessible) have the correct polarity.

Termite Management
We check and advise on the existence and/or need for a termite management program. Refer later for comments on checking for termite activity.


Exterior of the building

Walls
We look for things like corrosion and adequate seating of lintels, integrity of external cladding (including any paint or protective coating), evidence of missing damp-proof course or flashings, doors and windows (as internally above), brickwork deterioration &/or cracking.

Safety issues
We check such things as the balconies, verandahs, patios, decks, suspended concrete floors, balustrades, pools etc.

Swimming Pools
For the safety of kids and others we look for things like the existence of and the workability of the correct fencing and the self-closing and self-latching gates.

Other exterior issues
We also look for things like the effectiveness of surface water drainage and ponding of water against structures, paths falling away from structures, integrity of paving (including looking for evidence of subsidence etc and identifying trip hazards etc), structural integrity and state of repair of retaining walls and fencing.


Roof exterior (whether roof tiles, shingles or slate, or sheet roofing)

We look for things like broken, loose or damaged tiles, decaying/rusting sheet roofing etc for possible water entry into the roof space, loose, absent, damaged or inadequate flashings, popping  (or missing) nails or screws, skylights, vents and flues, rusting or corroding valleys, guttering or downpipes, fascias and barges etc.


Roof space

Assuming the roof space is accessible we look for things like evidence of corroded roof covering, physical damage to or deterioration of roof framing, inadequate or poorly constructed framing (including missing elements), inappropriate modification, integrity of sarking, integrity of party walls/fire walls, identifying electrical wiring, absence or inadequacy of insulation, safety issues with down lights etc, evidence of past or present pest activity (including rodents, birds and termites (white ants).


Subfloor space

Where there is a subfloor space (and it is accessible) we typically look for things like the existence and adequacy of supports, deflection of bearers or joists, cracking, spalling, rusting, evidence of past or present termite activity, presence of termite caps, deterioration of flooring or support members (wood rot or metal corrosion), ventilation, drainage, existence of damp, rusting, delamination within suspended concrete floors or evidence of concrete cancer.


To make sure you know the problems before you buy, call Don now on 0414 820 773 or complete the enquiry form