When conducting a pre purchase building inspection there is a specific process as you will see below.
The interior – When conducting a pre purchase property inspection the first area to be inspected is the interior. Whilst inspecting the interior we are looking for defects such as: cracks, patched cracks, impact damage, active or dry ceiling stains, moisture in the shower walls, wet area floor slopes, kitchen sealant condition, windows working, cracked tiles as so much more. Once this area is inspected we then record all the findings.
The roof void – When conducting a pre purchase inspection the second area to be inspected is the roof void. When in the roof void we are further investigating any defects found in the interior if applicable as well as searching for roof void defects such as: split rafters, weathered sheeting, perforated roof tiles, roof sagging, strutting beam condition, insulation condition, down-lights surrounds, air conditioning duct work and so much more. Again once the inspection is completed all the defects found while be noted.
The roof exterior – When conducting a pre purchase property inspection the third area to be inspected is the roof exterior. The reason for this is if we have found any defects such as a roof leak for example we have followed the leak from the interior into the roof void and then on the roof. We should be able to locate where the leak is starting, what damage has occurred in the roof void and how serious the damage is in the interior. Whilst on the roof we are also searching for any other defect such as: tile condition, gutter condition, flashing condition, barge board condition, pointing (mortar) condition and so much more.
The immediate exterior – When conducting a pre purchase property inspection the fourth area to be inspected is the immediate exterior, inspection of this area covers the external wall, external windows, external doors, the eaves, fascia, hot water system, sub floor ventilation, rising damp, down pipes and so much more. Once completion of the exterior has been done all defects are noted
The site itself – The last area to be inspected during a pre purchase building inspection is the site. This includes the anything within thirty meters of the initial dwelling. The inspection in general includes: the driveway, the paths around the house, Fence and gate condition, Retaining walls, Surface drainage, sheds, tree overhang and so much more.
Above is the typical process of a pre purchase building inspection however it can alter depending on the home. Some houses have a sub floor. This is general in older homes where the floor is suspended above the ground. If there is access we are required according to AS4349.1 to enter the sub floor. Many defects can be found in a sub floor such as; poor ventilation, termite infestation, timber rot under wet areas, and so much more.
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