A Building inspection in the southern Adelaide suburb of Trott Park finds suspicious moisture
So why do you get a Building inspection in Adelaide before you sign on the dotted line to purchase what is more than likely to be the most expensive asset you will ever own? The following example will clearly demonstrate many reasons why.
There is no doubt about it, the buyer who gets a building inspection report has an advantage over the buyer who thinks they do not need one, or who deceives himself into believing everything will be fine with their new house. This may be so, and we as building inspectors always hope that is the case with every property we inspect, but, can you be sure?
Only a building inspector will tell you about the existing problems…
Here’s the thing…when you’re in the market to buy a new property, who is genuinely on your side when you want to know the true structural condition of a house that you have finally found suitable to your needs? The vendor (seller)? Maybe the agent? Hardly! Only when you have a fully independent building inspector working on your behalf will you know the facts about any potentially costly defects that may exist. Many new home purchasers who have benefited from a building inspection testify that it was well worth the money.
This typical Trott Park home built in 1983 actually performed quite well for its age. It was obvious to see that the outgoing vendors took pride in their property and maintained it to a good standard. A timber framed brick veneer construction built on a concrete slab with a concrete tile roof covering, all the major loadbearing components of this dwelling appeared generally sound with this visual inspection.
The conventional cut and pitched timber roof frame appeared to provide good support for the roof covering. Minor chips were present to the concrete tiles, but nothing too serious to allow leakage into the roof void and cause decay to any roofing components. As with most concrete roof tiled dwellings of this age that have not had any roof restoration maintenance, cracking to the hip capping tile mortar was causing these tiles to become loose and move. This can facilitate roof leakage and decay within the roof and should be repaired by a licensed quality roofing contractor. There are literally hundreds out there, so a number of quotes and positive referrals is the best way to go.
An unusual aspect with this suburban property is that it did not have any garaging or carport. Hardly a building defect that a building inspection report highlights, but this can affect the selling price for the vendor. A good opportunity to add value instantly for the incoming purchaser. What this property lacked in garaging, it certainly made up for with pergolas. Two were located to the rear elevations and typically some decay to the timber members was present. Nothing that good general maintenance and painting could not fix to seal the timbers and prolong their life. Any handy person with a bit of roll up your sleeves attitude can accomplish this successfully.
Internally this building inspection provided few hiccups. The wall and ceiling linings were generally good with some minor cosmetic splitting to the ceiling joins within the hallway, and some plasterboard cracking within the kitchen. This happens from time to time with these materials and periodic maintenance will be required by a qualified plasterer to enable a quality finish.
A bathroom renovation doesn’t guarantee no leakage!
Awesome…you say when you come across a fully renovated bathroom. In most instances this is the case, however this renovation was about five years old. Visually it was in quite good condition, but behind the scenes, and this means plumbing behind wall linings, the possibility of leakage is always lurking. A good building inspector relies heavily on one of his most useful tools, a moisture meter. Adjacent to the bathroom within the rear bedroom high moisture readings were noted in one area about 700mm above the floor. Moisture comes in many forms within a house, but in this case, not being detected directly behind a shower recess, this was looking very much like a slow plumbing leak.
Although a building inspector cannot definitely confirm this, because believe it or not, we can’t see through walls, we always ere on the side of caution. Much to the angst of the selling agent, we always recommend a further investigation by a licensed plumber to ensure that leakage is not present. This entails the determination of the likely starting point of the leak and removing a small section of the gyprock wall lining to have a better look within the wall. If leakage is not located then all is well, but plumbing repairs are required if it is. The wall lining can easily be repaired by a good plasterer. Better to be safe than sorry.
Oh no… the asbestos fence is hidden behind the foliage and double fence
A closer examination to the boundary fencing revealed some interesting, and possibly expensive nuances. Foliage and double fencing was covering extensive asbestos fencing to the left and rear boundaries. The positive slant on this is that the fencing appeared to be in reasonable condition and was not deteriorating. If left alone it probably would not be a major issue, but no guarantees can be given on this. The new incoming owner needs to know that removal of this fencing can be expensive, and should only be conducted by a suitably qualified and licensed asbestos contractor. Something a good comprehensive pre purchase building inspection report must identify.
Do you want a cheap Building Inspection report, or a good one…there is a big difference. Buy Spect Adelaide House Inspections will provide a quality report to make sure you know what you are buying.