Top Reasons Why You Should Not Skip House Inspections

If you are in the market for a new home and you have agreed upon a purchase price, you will surely go through the process of near-endless check writing. Because of this, many home buyers forget to include an inspection contingency on the contract. They don’t realise that professional house inspections in Melbourne can save them money in the long run. 

If you are tempted to skip the home inspection to use your money for other costs (e.g. realtor, lawyer fees, etc.), you will be making an unfavourable decision. Read on to learn about reasons why you should get a home inspection. 

1. You will know the condition of the house. 

One of the top reasons why you should not skip a quality home inspection is because the process may reveal critical information about the condition of the home. This will allow you to know the repairs and maintenance the home may require immediately and in the future. 

2. You can use it for safety purposes. 

You buy a new home to have a haven for your family and not to put their health and safety at riskWith a professional home inspection, you will have peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that all major components and major defects have been carefully inspected by a trained eye. 

3. You can obtain insurance easily. 

Most insurance companies welcome building inspection reports as they contain structure type, roof type, wall type, number of room etc that they need

4. You can find dealbreakers. 

A house may look perfectly fine on the outside, yet have major issues with wiringroofing, plumbing, HVAC, and the list of tantamount of problems goes on. Would you blindly accept the deal without knowing if any issues need to be addressed? If not, then you should consider hiring Melbourne property inspections. 

Safehome house inspectors will identify any major issues that require immediate repairsWhen you fix them right away, you can avoid potential problems later on. 

5. You can reveal illegal additions or installations.  

A quality home inspection will not reveal whether rooms, garages, or basements were built without a proper permit or did not follow codes and standards. You need to discuss these with your conveyancer or lawyer who will need to contact the relevant council building surveying department.  If the plans at the council have it has a single level 3 bedroom dwelling and what you are about to purchase is a 2 story dwelling with a bedroom and bathroom upstairs then the extension has been built without a permit.   

6. You can use it in bargaining leverage.  

They say knowledge is power. This notion is particularly true when talking about house inspections in Melbourne. Since it reveals damages or potential issues of the house, it provides you with the bargaining power to ask for repairs. You can even ask for a price reduction to compensate for the repairs. 

If you skip a professional home inspection, you will blindly seal the deal without having comprehensive knowledge about what you are getting into. The next thing you know, you are already shelling out money for repairs you were unaware of.  

7. You can protect your investment. 

According to experts, house inspections are a valuable educational resource. House inspectors can suggest helpful tips on ways to maintain your home. Ultimately, you can save thousands of dollars in the long term when you hire a service. 

8. You will see the big picture.  

Experts advise that home buyers should use house inspections to understand the nuances of what may be the biggest purchase or investment they make. House inspections will open your eyes to not just fall in love with the property because of the colour of the walls or its location. You should also consider the entire condition of the home before closing a deal. 

Summing Everything Up 

As a potential new homeowner, it is your responsibility to know and understand as many details as you can about the property. By including house inspections in your contract, you can figure out the inner workings of the property and discover all the perks and pitfalls the home has to offer. 

If you are searching for house inspectors to conduct comprehensive inspection on your potential home, look no further than SafeHome Inspections! We pride ourselves on our extensive experience in the pre-purchase building inspection industry. To book a service, call 0409 495 949 today! 

Is Your Building Inspector Qualified?

Not all people doing your pre-purchase building inspections in Melbourne are qualified or insured.

When you are  buying a very expensive home and need it checked out thoroughly, you’d hope the person is qualified and insured to do the job.

Unfortunately, people out there doing these inspections are not all suitably qualified or insured and you must obtain proof.

In Melbourne, there are 80 plus building inspection companies and you would not know who is and who is not qualified or insured.  Many claim they are accredited, but have only completed a 2-day course. However, this is not recognised by the Building Act 1993 or the NCC.

Peter Alexander is the Director and lead inspector at Safehome Building Inspections in Melbourne and has been operating since 2004.  He has completed a Diploma in Building Surveying. Peter also has Certificate in Inspect and Report on Timber Pests and Certificate 3 in Asset maintenance (Pest management Technical). Hence, he is recognised as one of the few qualified and insured building inspectors in Melbourne. 

Doug has been working with Peter for 6 years and is a qualified bricklayer and timber pest inspector. 

“In Victoria, unfortunately anyone can do pre-purchase house inspections without being qualified at anything, I know it sounds unbelievable but it’s true. They don’t even have to be insured,” according to Peter.

When I started in 2004 there were about 20 businesses, most were registered builders and a few qualified inspectors. Most had insurance.  Then obviously word gets out that you don’t need any qualifications and there’s a buck to be made and everyone jumps on board.

“I’ve seen them come and go, normally they get sued and leave.  Now there’s about 80 businesses in Melbourne and only three that I know of are actually qualified.  I know some that are not even insured.  The flow on effect from that is that some blokes don’t know what they’re doing and they give all of us doing the right thing a bad name”

“People looking for an inspector MUST ask for qualifications and insurance and then make their decision to engage them or not. The inspector should at a minimum have a lengthy experience in the construction industry,

Building Inspections for Fire Hazard

fire hazard example burnt loose fill insulation around a halogen down light

Safehome’s qualified Building Inspectors carry out thorough building and termite inspections around Melbourne and supplies detailed reports to clients.

The photo attached here shows burnt loose fill insulation around a halogen down light.

Halogen globes heat up rapidly and are known to cause many fires in a home’s roof.

Our advice is to have your roof void inspected to eliminate any potential fire hazards. Furthermore, change all halogen lights to LED lights which do not get as hot.

Transformers and lights should be at least 200 mm clear of all insulation.

To know more professional advice on fire hazard safety suitable for your homes or office, contact SafeHome Building Inspections today.

Building Inspection in Richmond

inadequate floor frame support footing

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. 

 

Building and Pest Inspection in Sandringham

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. 

Latest Tools and Equipment for Building Inspection

Latest Tools and Equipment for Building Inspection

Safehome Building Inspections has been around since 2004 which is a long time in the house inspection industry. Tools and equipment to assist in locating defects have advanced over this time. Because of this, as qualified building inspectors in Melbourne, have to keep up with the changes.

Many people ask what equipment do we use to assist us in locating defects.  In regard to the equipment, we are supposed to use as per the Australian Standards, there is nothing stated.  It does state in sections that we only require a 3.6 m ladder. 

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Building Inspections are a Must

Building Inspections are a Must

Since 2004, Safehome Building Inspections have been conducting  pre-purchase building inspections around Melbourne, assisting over 10,000 home buyers.

The photographs above was taken during a building inspection in Melbourne and shows a floor frame bearer join. This join should be made directly over the stump footing and is non compliant with Australian Standards 1684.2 – 2006 of the Residential timber framed construction.

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