Mr Inspector is one of a few qualified building inspectors carrying out pre-purchase inspections in Melbourne.
So many people buying houses don’t know what the inspector does or what he is supposed to do.
Most don’t know there is an Australian Standard the building inspector needs to follow which stipulates what needs to be inspected and what does not.
The Australian Standards for a pre-purchase inspection stipulate the client must read the terms and conditions of the inspection and agree to them before an inspection can be undertaken. If you are not doing this or the inspector does not provide you with the terms of the inspection you may be hiring a house inspector that is not insured.
The whole purpose of a pre-purchase inspections is to inform you of all the major defects and safety hazards at a home you are contemplating buying.
Many people do not know what they get for their money and pre-purchase inspections are not cheap. This is why you should request a copy of a report.
Mr Inspector starts at the front of the house standing back and checking for irregularities like an uneven roof, walls not plumb, openings not square. He then starts picking individual defects away from the home – front fence and gate defects like rot and rust, the driveway and paths for cracks and tree root issues, the fall of the land for drainage issues, blocked drains, damps grounds, fences leaning, fence rot, trees with dead limbs, trees too close to the house and retaining walls.
The inspector then moves to the structures for defects, sheds, pergolas, decks, balconies carports.
Then the inspector looks for defects on the roof – roof tiles, flues, chimneys, gutters, flashings, down pipes.
He then moves on to the walls, the fascia, decorative timbers, barge boards, windows, plinth boards, cracking, rot, ventilation, rising damp and the like.
These are not cheap because the inspector can be crawling around under the house in mud and dirt, taking photos of leaks (like the pipe above that was never connected to sewer from the vanity) and termite damage, muddy soil, mould, rotten stumps and floor frame defects. He then has to crawl out often covered in dirt and spider webs
The inspector then has to get into the roof and check the insulation, frame defects, cracked tiles and termite issues. He often comes out of the roof covered in insulation dust.
Then he has to provide you with a detailed report of all the visible defects and the home, what they are, where they are and how to rectify the problem. He even has to put in minor defects like minor rot, fence rot, rust and the like. he even puts photographs in the report.