Building Inspections

Building Inspections Melbourne

Safehome Building inspections most popular inspection is the Combined Building and Pest Inspection. This provides peace of mind from both a defects and a termite infestation perspective, as well as being cheaper once combined.

Our main source of work emanates from persons buying homes who want their potentially large investment thoroughly assessed for major problems like structural issues and termites.

Safehome Inspections Melbourne offer a number of different house inspection services. We are able to assist people buying homes, selling homes or home owners who just want their homes assessed for any potential and costly problems.

We are Qualified Building Inspectors recognised by the Building Act, thus qualified to help you with pre-purchase building and pest inspections around Melbourne.  

Unfortunately, in Melbourne you don’t have to be qualified at anything to carry out pre-purchase building inspections so you will have peace of mind you are getting an expert assessment, advice and who is insured.

Safehome-Building-Inspections-01Building Inspections Melbourne

The Building Inspection is based on Australian Standard 4349.1 – 2007. This building inspection service provides you with a 40 to 50 page report detailing Major Defects, Safety Hazards and Minor Defects.

THE INTERNAL AREAS ASSESSED

Ceilings and walls for settlement cracking. All windows for operability, rot and cracked panes. All Doors for binding, weather tightness and operability. All floors for settlement, deterioration and unevenness. The Plumbing is assessed for water hammer or pipe knocking, leaking taps and traps, splash back sealant deterioration, tile grout deterioration, leaking showers and toilets.

Safehome-Building-Inspections-02THE EXTERNAL AREAS ASSESSED

Roof coverings for rust and cracked tiles, external chimneys, flues and flashing. Walls are checked for rot, sub floor ventilation adequacy, settlement cracking relating to footings, rising damp and mortar deterioration. Gutters are assessed for Blockages, debris, adequate fall and rust. Down pipes for rust, connectivity, leaks. Fascia for paint deterioration, levels and rot. Eaves for staining due to leaks or gutter problems and fixings. Windows for cracked panes, rot and paint deterioration.

THE SITE IS INSPECTED

Drainage is assessed for adequate fall away from the home, blocked drains. Retaining walls above 700 mm are assessed for leaning, cracking or rot. Sheds, pergolas, decks and fencing is all assessed for rot, cladding issues, structural issues and general deterioration.

THE SUB FLOOR

The inspection includes an assessment of the sub floor area for excess dampness, leaking plumbing pipes, leaks from bathroom areas, floor frame rot, inadequate stumping, rotten stumping, cracked stumping, sub floor ventilation, detached duct work, loose hanging wiring, perimeter wall dampness or mortar deterioration.

THE ROOF VOID

The roof void is assessed for insulation defects including a common issue of insulation being too close to down lights from a fire hazard perspective. Roof frame detachment, unevenness is assessed wit loose or hanging wiring problems, detached duct work. The under side of roof cladding is assessed for rust and cracking in tiles and leaks.

AFTER THE BUILDING INSPECTION…….

We are up to 10.30 p.m. to help you – We strongly believe you must talk with our building inspectors once you have the read the report, as the very nature of this industry dictates that nearly every conceivable defect must be included in the house inspection reports. To a novice, reading the inspection reports can be extremely daunting and we need to put our findings into perspective. A lot of older homes will have maintenance type defects if the home has not been well maintained, but in our opinion, although you need to know about them, they should not be the reason for not purchasing a solidly built home with the main structural components in good order.

The major defects and structural issues are the defects that will normally be expensive to rectify. Defects like Rising Damp, re-stumping, underpinning, balcony issues, tree roots causing footings problems, roof cladding deterioration, drainage problems and termite damage are defects that Safehome Inspections Melbourne believes are important in locating and assessing and are also good reason to re-evaluate your decision to purchase.

We have over 1000 defects we need to tick off before we complete the inspection, some minor and some major and if you have any questions or specific items you need checking, just call Peter at Safehome Inspections and he can explain everything to you in layman’s terms.