What to look out for when buying a home

Do I need a building inspection done?

Absolutely! A building inspection can uncover all sorts of unknown nasty surprises and it is better to be aware of them when you make that big decision opposed to not knowing and the “defect” becoming worse overtime and becoming a large expense.
Any defects found can mean a number of options for you, especially if purchased subject to a satisfactory building inspection. You can request the defects be rectified prior to settlement, even exiting contract if the defects are too much for you to bare.

Termite issues

You often will not know you have termite activity in your home.

Termites are the scariest defect to be concerned about. I often hear people say “my house is made of brick” or “i have a concrete slab”, do i really need a termite inspection? The people that say this are completely unaware of the sneakiness of termites. They can enter the house in many ways such as the exterior perimeter and at the slab penetration points. If a brick home is infested with termites they can enter through the slab floor.

Drainage Issues

All perimeters of the home should slope away from the dwelling. Water ingress into the footings or “slab” will create foundation movement and have the potential to cause cracking within the building. Ideally all down pipes should flow away from the house and connected to appropriate storm water. All drains should be clear of debris.

External Walls

Most external walls on older homes will have some cracking. It is in the opinion of the inspector what category the cracking falls into, the two categories are major cracking and minor cracking. Reasons the crack can fall in either category are the width of the crack, the length of the crack and the pattern the crack has chosen.

Rising damp is also another common issue in older homes. When these homes were built minimal was done to prevent moisture from within the ground penetrating the brick or stone walls. If moisture is penetrating the walls common signs are; salty residue on the lower wall, bubbling and flaking paint or render deterioration.

Internal leaking

Common areas for internal leaks is in the bathroom. Seventy percent of pre purchase building inspections can uncover a leaking shower. This is located when we use our moisture meters or thermal imaging camera. Generally the bridging piece between the hot and cold tap is cracked or burst or more commonly the silicon sealant at the floor and wall junction is deteriorated. Over time the silicone sealant shrinks and either sticks t the floor tiles or wall tiles creating a small void section for water to enter the shower wall cavity. Potential issues this can create are timber rot, mould spores or of course create a perfect atmosphere for a termite infestation.


In summary when buying a house there are a lot of issues to be aware of but mainly and major defects are the biggest concern. A major defect can one of three things;
A safety hazard
A loss of utility
Continued deterioration
A minor defect is concerned a cosmetic issue that most homes will have.
A building inspection can be one of the best investments you will ever make. we may find a house with minor cracking but easily rectified therefore this might be a great investment. Alternativly if you do not have a building inspection because the house seemed okay at when you walk through be aware alot of defects are unseen to the untrained eye.

Inspect the unexpected
David Hall
Quality Building Inspections

David Hall

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