Safehome Building Inspections has been carrying out pre-purchase building and pest inspections in Melbourne since 2004.
The photographs here was taken by Safehome’s qualified building inspector at building inspection in Richmond and shows an inadequate footing being used to support the floor frame.
This is non compliant with AS2870 Footings standards and an entire new stump would be needed to be installed. It becomes costly as soil test has to be carried out to ascertain the required depth of the new stump. Additionally, we also need to acquire a permit as it’s a load bearing or structural component.
One can see the benefits of a building inspection by this photograph alone, however people are still buying homes without one. Some are luck and some are not.
The client for this photo above had already bought the dwelling and was wondering why the floor was bouncing.
Safehome’s qualified building inspectors recently carried out a building and pest inspection in Sandringham.
The photograph depicts a timber rot in a joist under the bathroom, a commonly found issue when inspecting under the house.
Inadequate water proofing of wet areas carried out during construction is the main reason for these leak defects. This defect is one of the most prevalent in Victoria.
The costs to repair these defects ranges from $3000 to $10,000. Its cost depends on the extent of rot to the floor and the floor frame.
It is highly recommended to obtain a pre-purchase building inspection prior to buying a dwelling because once you have bought it, the problems are automatically becomes yours. There is absolutely no way you can oblige the previous owner to pay for repairs.