building inspection

Essential Rising Damp Prevention

There are more important measures for essential rising damp prevention than providing a physical barrier somewhere near the base of the wall. That is whether a physical barrier or a chemical barrier is used.
Essential rising damp prevention entails removing the source of the rising damp.
Damp soil conditions are the major source, whether under the floor […]

By |June 14th, 2016|Damp, News|Comments Off on Essential Rising Damp Prevention

Mentoring is the real role of the Building Inspector

Mentoring is the real role of the Building Inspector. It is not to instruct you whether to buy or not to buy.
Some time ago we wrote an article on this web site titled “What to expect from a Building Inspection Report”. In that article we noted that it should not be the role of the […]

By |April 20th, 2016|News, PrePurchase Building Inspection|Comments Off on Mentoring is the real role of the Building Inspector

Who do you trust in assessing defects in a home.

Whether over a 100 years old or built yesterday all buildings have defects.
Most people can probably see most defects for themselves during an open inspection. If that is the case why would you bother paying a so called “expert” to conduct an inspection.

A message received from a potential client cancelling an inspection raised this question […]

By |December 5th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Who do you trust in assessing defects in a home.

House Rules – why home buyers need building inspections

TV programs like House Rules can be very entertaining and quite compulsive and addictive viewing.
 

My wife for one see reality shows as compulsory viewing. She loves them. Shows like MKR, Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor and of course House Rules.

 

I, on the other hand, avoid watching these shows. In particular the shows centred around house building […]

By |May 9th, 2015|News, PrePurchase Building Inspection, Structure|Comments Off on House Rules – why home buyers need building inspections

Always Test Your Smoke Detector

Legislation to save your life in the event of fire via the use of Smoke Detectors is as much as a government can do. Testing Smoke Detectors regularly is but a small price that only YOU can pay to know they will do as you need them to in an emergency.
 

Detectors should be tested regularly (at […]

By |March 1st, 2015|News|Comments Off on Always Test Your Smoke Detector

Building Inspections do not mean the Purchaser will cool off.

I often feel an uneasy concern when conducting pre purchase building inspections that a Vendor may have when a building inspector enters their home on behalf of a potential purchaser. You just know that they are worried that your inspection may prompt the purchaser to cool off. This occurred just recently in a home I inspected at […]

By |August 20th, 2014|News, PrePurchase Building Inspection|Comments Off on Building Inspections do not mean the Purchaser will cool off.

What Should a Handover Inspection Cover

You are about  to attend your Builder’s handover inspection and you are about to pay the final payment and get the keys to your new home. Before you can legally occupy your newly constructed home there are a number of things that MUST occur. 

Under clause 83A of the Development Regulations 2008 there are certain statutory requirements that […]

By |June 27th, 2014|Handover Inspections, News, Staged Construction Inspections|Comments Off on What Should a Handover Inspection Cover

Managing Mould in Buildings

Mould. A danger to your health if not removed immediately……or completely.

Mould is caused by the growth of Fungi. Fungi, in turn, are plant like organisms that grow in dark and damp conditions. As it breaks down the surface it is attached to it produces toxins etc into the air. Herein lies the problems and why we […]

By |June 21st, 2014|Mould, News|Comments Off on Managing Mould in Buildings

Asbestos Free Houses from when

If you want an asbestos free house you will need to look at houses built after 1992. With 80% of houses built in Adelaide having asbestos containing products in them, only the more recent homes constructed can be viewed as asbestos free.

Asbestos, like cigarettes was the subject of much public media scrutiny for a long […]

By |June 16th, 2014|Asbestos, News|Comments Off on Asbestos Free Houses from when

Does your building inspection include a pest inspection?

A  building inspection should include a pest inspection. It would not be a reliable home inspection otherwise. Termites are a fact of life in Australia and particularly in Adelaide. Whilst a prepurchase inspection is desirable it is the author’s opinion that every home owner should have annual inspections conducted by specialist contractors.

To answer that regular question […]

By |May 26th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Does your building inspection include a pest inspection?