Buying or building a new home is an exciting time for most people. Amongst all the planning and paperwork, however, it’s important not to overlook one crucial aspect – planning an independent building inspection.
A qualified and experienced building inspector can provide you with all the information you need to decide whether a property is meeting your expectations or falling short of them. So, how can you determine which type of inspection is right for you and your needs?
Here are the three most common building inspection services in Adelaide and what they can offer you…
Pre-purchase building inspections
Let’s say you’ve finally found a home that ticks all your boxes. You’re excited and eager to put in an offer. Before you sign those contracts, it’s important to confirm your dream home isn’t hiding some nightmarish problems.
The truth is, when it comes to buying property, what you see isn’t always what you get. Agents aren’t required by law to tell you every little deficit a house may have, which is why it’s absolutely essential to enlist the help of a qualified and experienced pre-purchase building inspector before you buy.
These professionals will assess your potential new home from top to bottom and provide you with a detailed report showing all the problems they found. With the help of this service, you can make an informed decision on whether or not you want to purchase the property after all. At the end of the day, a great pre-purchase building inspector might just save you from buying a home that will cost you more time, money and stress than it’s worth!
Staged building inspections
When building a dream home or investment property, many people assume that builders complete their own quality checks at every stage. Unfortunately, however, you can’t always rely on the transparency of these assessments.
Getting an independent staged building inspector to assess each phase of the building process is essential to ensuring that your new home is built safely and to standard from beginning to end. If your inspector finds that something is wrong, you can present your builder with an official report and have the problem rectified before the next stage of the process commences. This ensures that when you’re in your new home, you can have peace of mind knowing that it meets the highest standards of quality.
No one wants to buy a new home only to move in and find that they have some unexpected roommates. Termites in particular can wreak havoc on a property and cost you a fortune in repairs and extermination services. Not exactly what you had in mind for your dream home, right?
This is why organising for a reputable pest inspector to assess your potential new property should be at the top of your priority list. While everything may look great from the outside, the roof, walls and floors may be crawling with critters you simply can’t see. Not only will a pest inspector check to ensure there is no current infestation, but they will usually conduct tests to see whether the property has the capacity to become a nesting ground in the future. Trust us, your future self will thank you for the peace of mind that comes with this inspection service.
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No matter what type of inspection you’re after, Building Inspections Adelaide offer comprehensive reports that provide you with everything you need to know to make an informed decision. Get in touch with us today to organise a free quote!
May 25, 2019
Whether you’re buying a new property or building your dream home from the ground up, enlisting the help of a great building inspector should be at the top of your to-do list. While a house may look perfect on the outside, many serious problems often lurk beneath the surface.
This is where building inspectors can give you peace of mind. Hiring a professional to assess your property can help you avoid any costly repairs and stressful problems down the track. The question is – how can you make sure you choose the right professional?
Here are a few important questions to ask before hiring a building inspector…
Are they fully qualified, licensed and insured?
This might sound obvious, but in South Australia building inspectors are not required by law to have any formal qualifications. With this in mind, you should always check that the inspector you’re considering is experienced, licensed and insured should anything go wrong. Reputable inspectors will either be licensed builders, surveyors or architects who have a thorough understanding of Australian building standards. It’s important to know that you are within your right to ask for their qualifications and registration information to confirm they are credible and experienced.
Are their reports timely, detailed and clear?
After thoroughly assessing your property, a good building inspector will provide you with a comprehensive report usually within a matter of days. Before you hire someone, you can ask for a sample of their reporting method to ensure that it suits your needs. You can use this sample to ensure that the report you receive will cover all necessary areas of the property and provide you with valuable advice for your money.
A good building report will:
Are they experienced and reputable?
In the age of the internet, a simple Google search usually uncovers a treasure trove of useful information about the inspector you’re looking to hire. Take the time to do your research and check out the inspector’s website if they have one. This should offer a wealth of information on their level of experience, the quality of their previous work and whether other home-buyers recommend their services. Someone who is relatively new to the business or who seems to have more negative reviews than positive ones might not be able to offer the peace of mind you’re looking for.
Are they experts in the type of inspection you need?
There are various different types of inspection services, so it’s necessary to understand exactly what you need in order to hire the right professional. The three overarching options are:
Pre-purchase inspections: If you’re thinking of putting in an offer to buy an existing home or property, pre-purchase inspections are important to ensure you understand the quality of the building and how much it’s worth.
Staged building inspections: if you’re building a new home, staged inspections will assess every phase of your build to ensure it meets all standards and any issues can be fixed before the next stage begins.
Pest inspections: The last thing anyone wants to do is buy a home with a pest problem. This service will ensure your potential property doesn’t come with any unwanted critters.
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Here at Building Inspections Adelaide, our team of highly experienced and qualified building inspectors want to help you find the perfect home. Get in touch with us today to organise a quote for your inspection!
If you’ve never booked a building inspection before, it can be useful to understand the steps involved so you know what questions to ask. It will also help you know whether to book just the building inspection, or include a pest inspection for added peace of mind.
A professional building inspection is a vital stage of the home purchasing process and can also help sellers identify any problem areas likely to impact their selling potential. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, make sure to research the inspection process so you’re prepared for what’s involved.
Step one: Request your quote and make a booking
The first stage is to contact your qualified building inspector and request a quote. The inspector will need to know the type of inspection you’re after, whether building, pest, vendor, or pre-purchase. They’ll also require a description of the property to be inspected to help provide your quote.
Once you’ve accepted the quote and booked your inspection, your inspector will get in touch with the real estate agent to arrange an inspection time to ensure they have access to the property.
Step 2: Comprehensive inspection is conducted
Your building inspector will carry out a thorough audit of your chosen property, covering the interior, exterior and all those hard to reach spaces. A full building and pest inspection will look for any structural issues, infestations, faults, safety hazards, defects, mould and hidden problem areas that will require replacement or repair.
This process should take no longer than 45–60 minutes depending on the size of the property and will allow the inspector to gain an understanding of the total investment required to bring the property up to scratch. You’re welcome to be there during the inspection, but it’s best to leave your inspector to their own devices to ensure they’re able to concentrate on the job at hand. Step 3: Receive your in-depth report
If you chose to attend the inspection, your inspector will be able to give you a brief overview of their findings, but a detailed report, along with photographic evidence, will be sent to you within 24 hours. This report will provide holistic look at all the identified problems and faults, including any cover-ups or hidden nasties.
The report will also be invaluable when it comes to negotiating the purchase price of your future property. It will give you all the evidence you need to justify a reduced price to account for any necessary repairs. It’s also useful for vendors, as it gives you an idea of the investment required to get your property up to standard and ensure you get the best possible price.
Step 4: Gain professional advice
Once you’ve received the report, the inspector will advise you, based off their years of experience in the industry, whether the property is a promising purchase. They will be able to give you an estimated cost for resolving all of the outlined issues so you can go to the negotiating table with all the information you require.
Just remember, a property may seem in reasonable condition at first glance, but it takes a professional eye to spot the problems lurking beneath the surface. Book your professional building inspection today.
If you’re looking to enter the property market or add to your portfolio, doing your homework is essential. If you don’t have building experience, knowing what to look for can become a bit of a guessing game, so getting some advice from the experts might be your best bet.
If you’re considering a professional inspection, here are some of the benefits you can expect.
Get a chance to look past the pretty façade
Chances are you haven’t found a property you love within the first week of searching. Most of us will spend many weekends travelling from inspection to inspection in search for that gem hidden in the property listings. It can be easy, then, to fall into the trap of falling in love with a property that finally shows a bit of potential.
Curb appeal, great storage, enough bedrooms, lots of space – all of these are great things to tick off when viewing a property. However, they’re not the only things to consider. An inspection lets you take a peek under that gorgeous styling and intricate design to look at the structural integrity of a home.
Make a choice between your favourite properties
If you have a couple of properties you are struggling between an inspection may be that final decision maker for you. As mentioned before, it shows you what’s underneath those pretty looks and can help you make an objective decision on which property is actually going to be the smartest investment for you.
Avoid an investment that will drain your savings
Buying a property is one of, if not the, biggest investment you are going to make in your life. So choosing poorly can end up costing you big. On top of mortgage payments, general upkeep, bills and rates, you could be left with a property that requires major costly repairs or pest control. That’s not exactly the best way to celebrate your new investment.
Inspections will provide you with a written report and photos of any problem areas that are of concern. These problems could include structural issues, dampness, safety hazards, pest infestations or even building code violations. With this information, you’ll be able to steer clear of money draining properties and stick with ones that are going to keep you happy for years to come.
Get extra negotiating power
Saving you money even further is the extra negotiation power you’ll have from being armed with the information an inspector provides. Outlining the repairs that are required or modifications that are needed and attaching your report could make a massive difference in the final number on the contact of sale.
Essentially, this one small fee for an inspection could be one of the best investments you’ll ever make.
April 30, 2019
As property inspectors, we’ve seen our fair share of properties on the market. From small apartments and family homes to large corporate investments – we’ve seen it all. Here, we’ll give you some tips on how you can prepare your home for sale in order to make a great first impression on potential buyers.
One of the first things you will need to decide is whether you plan to sell your home while you’re still living there, or you’d like to move out first. Having your home vacated does come with a lot of benefits and can mean less disruption to you and your family when it comes time for organising inspections. However, this option is not always possible. You may need the funds from this sale in order to secure your next property, or can’t move into a new property for some time.
Once you’ve made this decision, there are a few things you will need to consider. Let’s get started.
A clean home is a welcoming home
When it comes to purchasing a home or even a small product, first impressions really matter. One of the best ways to intrigue buyers is to present your home as a clean and welcoming space they can see themselves living in. Cleaning, then, is a must.
Now, we don’t just mean giving the property a good scrub – although this is important too! There are few factors that will come into play to present a clean home. This can include:
Decluttering: You want to show off the space you have. The best way to do that is to ensure you space isn’t filled with a bunch of furniture or clutter.
Depersonalise: The best way for buyers to imagine themselves living there is to visit the space without seeing a heap of personal items from the family currently living there.
Paintwork: A fresh coat of paint can work wonders. Neutral tones are best to cater to the masses.
Little touch ups: Got a leaky tap? Broken door handle or scuff marks on the walls? All these little details make a difference.
Staging isn’t essential, as we’ve seen empty homes that attract attention just as much as staged ones. However, it does make a great impression on buyers and can help them picture themselves in your home easier. By having furniture throughout the home, it can also give clearer indicators on the available space; rooms can look smaller without anything in them!
For those who are choosing to live in their property while selling, this could mean purchasing some plants, new lights, bed covers or little decorative pieces to make it more appealing. In some instances simply decluttering will be enough.
For those who have moved out, there are plenty of staging services available where furniture is placed in the home for you until you sell.
Put your best property forward
One of the best tips we could provide is to put yourself in the buyers shoes. What would they be looking for and what would they want to know before making the purchase? Doing a thorough inspection of your property allows you to identify small fixes you can do now that may have a big impact on the price you receive later.
April 23, 2019
Your weekends have been filled with an array of inspections elegantly crammed together, so you’ll want to do all you can to start narrowing down the shortlist quickly. We’re sure by now you have developed a list of must-haves for your next home or investment property, whether it’s the number of bedrooms, the size of the property, a nice backyard for the kids, a study, a euro laundry or a mix of these. But do you know what else you should be looking for to see if a property is a solid choice?
Here, we’ll go over some of obvious faults you should be looking out for to help you avoid some nasty surprises later.
Start your search from the street
Before you set foot in the property, get to work inspecting the exterior. Getting an idea of the condition of the roof will tell you a lot about the property. The life span of a roof will depend on two factors: the material it’s made from and how well it has been maintained. You can determine this with a quick look. If the roof looks a little worse for wear, make sure and take that into consideration when making your offer. It it’s damaged, you may also want to explore this further to ensure it’s not causing further problems such as leaks.
While you’re outside, take a look at foundation, whether the land is sloping to the property and whether the gutters and drainage seem to be in good condition.
Look for signs of water damage
Take a look for staining of carpets, rotted timber as well as blistered or peeling paint. Musty smells can be a warning sign as well as the presence of mould. Water damage can wreak havoc on a home and can cost you a fortune in repairs.
Remember, water damage isn’t just from spills or flooding due to weather; it can also be pointing at pipe damage behind the walls.
Some sellers make the mistake of trying to raise the value of the property by completing some home improvement projects themselves. However, if poorly executed, it can cost you money to fix it. While some things can be purely cosmetic, other DIY projects may be cause for concern. Make sure you look at the quality of each element in the space.
Check out the electrical wiring
If you’re inspecting an older property, make sure to take a look at the electrical component of the home. Times have changed, and houses built decades ago are not equipped to handle all of the digital gadgets we have today. Old wiring will need to be brought up to today’s standards – this isn’t just to have a bunch of devices plugged in at once; it’s a safety issue.
While doing these checks yourself will give you an indication of the condition of the property, any extra knowledge you can get will work in your favour. An inspection from a professional can give you further information about a prospective home and give you a written report.
Buying a home is likely to be the most expensive purchase of your life – so it goes without saying that you want to make sure it’s a smart one. In addition to a pre-purchase building inspection, organising for a timber pest inspection is crucial in guaranteeing the quality and safety of your potential new home.
Here’s what you need to know about timber pest inspections and why you should never buy a property before getting one.
How timber pests can affect your property
There are a few common timber pests that any good inspector will look out for. Here are the worst offenders and how they can impact your home:
Termites: These critters are the most common timber pests, eating their way through timber framing, doorways and flooring. Even worse, they often leave no trail of destruction, making it hard to identify that there is something wrong.
Decay: Timber decay or ‘timber rot’ can deteriorate the strength of the wood in your home. When timber structures and flooring are affected, the timber may become so weak that it causes a serious safety risk to anyone living in the home.
Borers: A wood boring insect will dig tunnels into timber, causing small holes and discolouration in affected areas.
The risks of buying before inspecting
The last thing you want is to excitedly move into your new home, only to find that it’s infested with timber pests. Unfortunately, the only way you can safeguard yourself against this possibility is with a pre-purchase pest inspection. Without one, you risk…
Overpaying for a property: With help from an experienced pest inspector, you can make sure that the property doesn’t have any infestation issues that affect its value. If your pest report comes back with some issues, you have the ability to walk away from the sale or negotiate a better deal with the vendor.
Expensive repair costs: The issues caused by timber pests to the flooring, doorways and structure of your home can run up a huge bill. Due to the extensive nature of these problems, you could easily spend thousands of dollars fixing them.
Safety issues: The safety of the people living in your home – whether it’s friends, family or tenants – is paramount. Unfortunately, when timber pests attack the structure of your property, they can leave it vulnerable to degradation that can put you at risk.
Finding a great timber pest inspector in Adelaide
With this in mind, it’s vital that you organise for a pre-purchase timber pest inspection before buying a home. Qualified, experienced professionals will not only identify any existing pest problems, but can usually tell you whether the current state of the house puts it at risk of infestation in the future.
Here at Building Inspections Adelaide, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive building inspections that you can count on. Get in touch with us today to organise your free quote!
April 18, 2019
You’ve taken all the necessary steps to ensure this is a potential property for you, so now it’s time to get serious. Before you sign that dotted line, you’ll want to get the opinion of an unbiased professional who can take you through the condition of the property and help you avoid those nasty surprises.
As with any product or service, it’s important to do your research to choose an inspector that is right for you. After all, a subpar inspection will get you no closer to making an informed decision. So how should you go about choosing a building inspector?
Ask a friend
Chances are someone in your family or friendship circle has bought their own property in the past. Asking people you know is a great first step as it allows you to discuss how they went about finding an inspector themselves and why they decided to go with who they chose. During the conversation, ask about the inspector’s service quality, their process, their price and how quickly they were able to offer results.
Not only could this help you find an inspector that is right for you, it will also answer those questions you have about the process in general. So this is a great step for first home buyers who are new to the property buying game.
Pick a local
Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in, it’s a good idea to thoroughly research the suburb it’s located in. While you’re at it, why not find a building inspector who’s located in that area? Choosing a local will ensure you select someone with extensive knowledge of the types of properties in the suburb and the factors that may be cause for concern.
Not only will you get some insider knowledge of the community you might be joining, you’ll pick an inspector that will probably be able to offer a quick turnaround time.
Ask the online experts
To find out what a service is really like, you need to ask the people in the know: reviewers. Google reviews are a great place to get a heap of honest feedback about their experience with a service provider.
Of course, it’s important to note that it’s rare for a business to have five stars every single time and a little variation is expected. However, have a look at the written reviews and see if there are common themes that are appearing. Do many reviews rave about the friendly service, the low prices and the fast service? Or are many highlighting the lack of communication or horror stories? A one-off story may not be cause for concern, but a bunch of people saying similar things cannot be ignored.
Start a chat
Finally, once you’ve done a bit of research, select a business you think might show some potential and give them a call. Having a quick chat is the best way to get to know a business and make sure they offer the services you’re after. If their friendly, willing to help and offer the services you need at the right price, you’ve got yourself a winner.
April 16, 2019
It’s enough to make any renter or home owner panic. Mould.
More than just being unsightly, mould can devastating effects throughout a property and can even affect your health. So what causes it? And what steps can be taken to remedy or prevent it? Here we’ll cover some information you’ll need to know before tackling the issue in your home.
What causes it?
Before you can look at removing or preventing the growth of mould, you need to know how it gets there in the first place. Put simply, mould is caused by excess moisture, humidity and condensation. Now, what causes these factors is going to vary. In some instances it may be a matter of air flow, in others it could be something more sinister, such as a leak in your wall from a burst pipe.
Step 1 – Identify the issues
The first thing you’ll need to do is complete an audit of the home. Where are the trouble areas? Is it limited to just one area of the home? Have you noticed it’s mostly near windows? This audit might take some time and it’s important to be thorough; mould can grow anywhere from walls and ceilings to carpets, clothing and behind tiles and walls. If a major leak or drainage issues are the culprit, these will need to be fixed ASAP.
While you’ll notice mould inside, it could be because of what’s happening outside. Make sure gutters and downpipes are in good condition and water is being successfully directed away from your property.
Step 2 – Get rid of the water
Mould needs moisture in order to thrive, so taking this away will go a long way in removal and prevention. Mop or soak up spills straight away. If walls and floors are damp after your shower, wipe these dry with a towel. Air dry damp clothing straight away. If there are items that can’t be dried completely, due to flooding for example, it’s best to remove these from the home.
Step 3 – Don’t forget the moisture in the air
Been cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Love those long, hot showers? Don’t forget about those activities that can boost the level of moisture in the air. Proper ventilation is key here. Open those windows, put on the fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. Dehumidifiers can also be helpful when ventilation alone isn’t enough. If you do purchase a dehumidifier, remember to clean these regularly.
Step 4 – Remember this is a process to repeat
Mould can come back, and keeping it at bay is an ongoing battle. Regularly audit your home and keep on top of moisture levels – especially if the weather in your area is particularly humid. Keep a range of natural mould killers, such as vinegar, in the cupboard for quick use whenever required. With ongoing attention and clever prevention tactics, your home can be mould free.
April 11, 2019
Buying your first property is a special milestone. You’ve saved for years gathering that deposit and have done the hard yards with banks, and possibly brokers, to secure a good loan. After the stressful pre-approval process, you could be forgiven for forgetting a few steps when it comes time to look at properties.
The thing is, with so many inspections filling up your weekends, spending a mere half hour – if that – at each property isn’t going to give you much to go by. Sure, it may have a gorgeous kitchen, the bedrooms are big enough and it has a separate shower and bath, but is it really ticking all the boxes?
It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of it all and forget to remove those rose coloured glasses to reveal the true property you’re considering. That’s why an inspection is crucial.
They offer an honest, objective view of a property
A real estate agent may be nice enough to give you a heads up on some things to consider before purchase. However, they’re not obligated to tell you every single thing that may end up costing you in future. Getting an inspection by an objective third party ensures you get the whole picture, without any of the bias or ulterior motives.
Building inspections are usually carried out by builders or architects with years of experience in the sector. They’ll know exactly what to look for and will go through a pre-planned list to ensure your potential property is given a thorough once over. All findings are recorded in a report which is coupled with photos that have been taken to give evidence of any concerns the inspector raises.
Plan or avoid future costs
Once an inspection is complete, your building inspector will take the time to go through the findings with you. While in some cases there may only be slight repairs and maintenance issues you need to be aware of, there are other cases where the results will make you want to run – fast! Reports can help you determine your future costs, and sometimes they are costly! Major repairs for structural or safety issues, or costs to remedy a pest problem may be more than you’re willing to deal with for your first property. In those instances, it may be best to walk away.
Find the right price to put forward
Figuring out what kind of offer to put forward is a tricky part of the home buying process. Too low and you’ll be outbid instantly by other buyers, too high and you’re throwing away money unnecessarily. So how do you find that happy medium? An inspection may give you the negotiating power you need to put forward a price you’re happy with. Having that report shows you’re keen for the property, but also provides evidence to support a lower price due to any needed repairs.
Make sure you remove those rose coloured glasses in your next inspection and call in the experts.