- On February 11, 2016
Safehome Inspectors believe Victoria needs to follow other States and make Building Inspections Mandatory on the Vendors. You sell a car and you have to get a Roadworthy, why not a house?
Buying a home is daunting. Numerous people make the choice not to have a building inspection carried out due to a number of reasons including, cost, budget cuts or they have walked thorough the house thinking it is all OK.”
Over 80% of homes have defects, even newly constructed dwellings. The older the home, the more defects exist, just like a car.
We have inspected homes for a lot of people who have not obtained a house inspection prior to buying and then move in only to see things they did not see when they attended the “open for Inspection”.
A lot of problems are covered and a lot just cant be seen without using building inspection equipment like Thermal Imaging cameras, moisture meters and the Termatrac Termite radar that detects termites moving behind walls.
Last week in Ringwood we conducted a house inspection on a home for a client who had already bought it and was due to settle on the day. As soon as we arrived we noticed drill holes spaced along the paving around the home that is a sure indication that a termite treatment has been conducted and normally because of a termite problem. Sure enough $36,000 of repair works was required to the sub floor frame.
A few months ago we did a building inspection on a house in Spotswood after the client had purchased as he saw some cracking in the masonry wall. End result was $19,000 worth of underpinning and re-building of the veneer wall.
About 6 months ago we carried out a building inspection in Melbourne and noticed that a shoe rack appeared to be conveniently placed where a shoe rack would not normally be. We removed it to have a look at termite damage was throughout the floor and skirting boards. The damage bill has yet to be finalised.
Unfortunately in Victoria, vendors do not need to have a roadworthy conducted on their home when selling. It is “Buyer Beware” and if you buy it and problems exists, then they are your problems.
At the moment you need to have your potential home inspected by a qualified and experienced building inspector. Any issues that arise can be negotiated so you are not out of pocket.