Pre-purchase building inspections Perth. So you have looking at purchasing a new property? Fantastic! To ensure you are adequately covered though, it is highly recommended that a pre-purchase building inspection is conducted on the property. This will provide you with the required information to proceed with confidence!
Master Building Inspectors provides detailed building inspection reports on a property’s condition at the time of inspection.
Our Comprehensive building reports can include any significant building defects such as rising damp, movement or cracking in walls, safety hazards and structural issues.
The building inspectors check all accessible parts of the property.
Perth Property Contracts
In Perth, most real estate agents use REIWA contracts. It is highly recommended that additional structural building inspection & timber pest inspection clauses are included in this contract. This will protect you, should significant structural issues or termite activity be present at the time of inspection.
It is not uncommon to find structural issues with walls, subsidence with timber floors and roof framing issues during an inspection. Non compliance structural defects have even been found on newly constructed properties less than 12 months old!
Pre-Purchase Building Report Options
Master Building Inspectors does offer 2 x different inspection reports for pre-purchase building inspections: Structural reports or Standard pre- purchase building reports. The standard building report is a more comprehensive assessment, including minor defects along with major or structural faults. These items are noted for the information of the client only, as they cannot typically be negotiated upon, when a structural clause has been signed. However, many client’s find these reports of great benefit, especially when constructing a maintenance plan and already knowing the areas that require immediate attention.
For the purposes of a pre-purchase building inspection, defects are categorised as either safety hazards, major defects and minor defects. Just because a defect is categorised as minor, it does not necessarily mean it is insignificant. The cost to rectify a collective number of minor defects can be substantial!
Pre-Purchase Structural Building Inspection
Structural inspections are the most common type of inspection undertaken for existing properties in W.A, with most contracts signed with a clause subject to structural faults. This clause protects the purchaser, with the obligation on the seller to rectify any structural issues prior to settlement of the property.
The inspection comprises of a visual assessment of the property, to identify major defects to the accessible areas of the buildings structure.
For compliance with AS 4349.1, the report should not contain any assessment of the following items:
- General maintenance issues.
- Serviceability damp issues such as stormwater drainage or condensation issues.
- Any area that was not accessible.
- Any non-structural elements, eg: windows, doors, general gas, plumbing, electrical wiring, fencing, non-structural damp issues, floor coverings, painting, tiling etc.
- Damp issues such as rising or lateral damp should only be reported on where structural damage has occurred, may occur or is occurring at the time of inspection.
Master Building Inspectors inspect all accessible areas of a building along with other structures located within 30 m of the building within the boundaries.
The areas inspected are:
The building inspector will then assess these areas for the occurrence of defects. Structural faults are reported as Major defects, with the recommendation of a structural engineer to further inspect the property generally advised, where necessary. Structural rectification work may then need to be certified by a registered building surveyor.
Pre-Purchase Standard Building Inspection
The standard building report is advised where the clients are purchasing a property and require knowledge on the existence of major and minor defects along with recommendations for remedial works to be undertaken. The correct trade category for each repair is also provided.
Please note that commenting on electrical, gas or plumbing systems/installations is outside the scope of this inspection, due to being specialised trades. We always recommend a licensed Plumber and/or Electrician are engaged when a plumbing/gas or Electrical Annexure is included in the contract. Contact us for further advice.
Minor defects are commonly found on most properties (even newly constructed homes) and generally expected to be repaired under a typical maintenance schedule.
Structural Building Report
Standard Building Report
The benefits of a pre-purchase building inspection
The benefits of getting a pre purchase building inspection report are:
About your Master Building Inspector
Unfortunately, the building inspection industry in Perth is unregulated. Therefore, it is paramount that the building inspector assessing your build is suitably experienced and qualified.
Many companies in Perth, state that their inspectors are registered. Sadly, this is a false statement, as there is currently no such qualification.
We recommend checking your inspectors credentials, as many so call “registered building inspectors” have no building experience or qualifications and come from accounting & management backgrounds.
- All inspectors are qualified, registered builders, holding registration with the WA Building Commission.
- Fully insured. Every building inspectors holds Public liability & Professional Indemnity insurances underwritten by Lloyds of London.
- All inspectors come from trade backgrounds. They have been involved with the construction of residential & commercial builds for years!
- Every one of our inspectors has undertaken extensive training, in the inspection and reporting process.
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