Unless you have access to an experienced and knowledgeable builder, then the answer will usually be an emphatic ‘yes’. Structural repairs can be extremely expensive so you need to be fully informed before committing to purchase.
If you avoid the tick and flick operators then it definitely is for nearly every purchaser. For a couple of hundred dollars, you could potentially avoid unexpected repairs stretching anywhere from $10K to upwards of $100K. Even if no major defects are found, often the report will be useful during the negotiation process.
Newer houses are usually ok, but if you’re purchasing a house that is a few decades old, then you should definitely consider it. If you’re not sure, then please get in touch and let us know the property address, the type of structure, and the year built.
If the property has a pool then you’d be wise to ensure that it fully meets the current regulations. The regulations take into account all the creative ways that children can make their way into a pool, and drown. From a purely financial/aesthetic perspective, the risk is that the regulator will look at your property on Google Maps and then compel you to comply with the law. Compliance could be costly and also require unsightly and impractically positioned fencing.
Frankly, the odds of finding anything are extremely low. However, very few buyers are aware of the health affects of meth residue, especially on children. The expense to completely clean all the porous surfaces in a house can also be significant. If you want to cover all your bases then we do offer it as an optional add on. Please be aware that it can take up to a week to get the results back, however. This is the only option that we can’t promise a 24 hour turn around on.
Unfortunately, yes. The frame of the house and other key structural components are still made of wood and termites only need small gaps through the concrete slab to gain access. Termites will often get in via gaps around pipes, electrical cables, and through covered weep holes, for example.
The frame of the house is protected, but all the wooden components are not. Termites can still infest doors, window frames, cabinetry, etc.
Martin Slater performs every inspection himself and has over 20 years experience in the building industry.
We will work with tenants, agents, and sellers as required to organise a suitable inspection time.
The roof is an important part of the structure, so if it is easily accessible by ladder and safe to access then we will inspect it. Even if we can not access it directly, every effort will be made to assess the roof by other means and it the details will be included in the inspection report.
It depends on the size, the age, and the type of property, but as a general guideline the average house takes somewhere between 60 – 90 minutes.
We use thermal imaging cameras for every inspection. Termites activity will show as hot spots and hidden water leaks/pooling can also be discovered.
We promise to deliver the report to you by email within 24 hours maximum.