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Buying your first home or investment property in Perth? A pre purchase inspection is a small cost

A pre-purchase inspection is a small investment that could avoid major expenses later on. Most Perth buyers are aware that pre purchase pest inspections are not compulsory when buying a home however pre purchase building inspections are becoming more common.

Since it is common practice to perform a home inspection before purchasing a home, many buyers and sellers are still unsure of what an inspection includes. A quality pre purchase building inspection will center around a comprehensive overview of the main building and related structures. The building inspection should always include an examination of the following features:   

  • The interior of the building. Some of the checks include assessing for cracks in the walls, they may be hidden by wallpaper, check walls and floors for dampness, confirm ceilings are clear of mould or leak stains and a check of windows/blinds if they are are in working order;

  • The roof space. Some of the checks will look at the condition of timber members and roof trusses or rafters inside the attic, electrical issues, insulation and signs of water damage;

  • The exterior of the building. Some of the checks involve balconies, verandas, patios, decks, suspended concrete, floors, balustrades, walls, stairs and timber or steel frames;

  • The sub-floor space. Some o the checks involve timber floor supports, ventilation, drainage and damp.

  • The roof exterior. Some of the checks include skylights, guttering, down pipes, tiles, shingles and slates, sheet roofing, gables and roof flashing

  • Ancillary structures such as sheds, carports, fences.

A typical pre-purchase building inspection for residential buildings in in Perth and throughout Australia must be conducted in accordance with the Australian Standard AS4349.1-2007. Whilst a close and careful scrutiny of a building is to be conducted, the inspection is visual in nature and does not involve destructive testing or dismantling. The cost of a pre-purchase inspection is relatively small when compared with the cost of the home.

If you have any questions, get in touch with us to discuss your Perth or South West requirements and to obtain a free quote. We provide independent advice and a professional report on the condition of the building and related structures so that you may proceed with the purchase well informed with significantly less risk.

Rotaru Building Consultants

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