Without a doubt, the structural integrity of a house is one of the most important things you need to be certain of before committing to a real-estate transaction. First, you need to be able to detect any issues, then you need to fully understand your options, and finally you need to make an informed decision.
Know what’s wrong, how to fix it, who to call, and how much to pay
Detecting Issues – Structural
An expert assessment of the overall condition of the property will be made by comparing it to other homes of a similar type, age, and construction method/materials used. In accordance with the Australian Standard (AS 4349.1-2007), we will report all major defects, potential problems or safety hazards, and timber pest.
Specifically, we thoroughly inspect the following:
There are too many possible problems to list, but some example defects that such an inspection would usually uncover are:
The report will clearly indicate what was checked and any defects found will be described in plain english. Where appropriate, photos will be taken as well.
Detecting Issues – Timber Pest
We use the latest technology to reliably identify the presence of wood destroying insects such as termites and borers. We also look for wood decaying funghi. Just as important, we look for signs of water leaks, water pooling, and high moisture areas that could be rotting timbers and eventually attract insects even if not already infested.
Martin uses a variety of tools to ensure that you get an accurate report each and every time:
By tapping on frames, architraves, door jams, cabinetry, and other wooden components, an experienced inspector can detect the presence of weakened timber that may not be visible to the eye due to being painted over.
Termites, borers, and funghi thrive in high moisture areas. This device helps to detect surfaces and materials that have unexpectedly high moisture content. High moisture areas must be investigated for the presence of pests and the moisture cause must be addressed.
A thermal camera allows the inspector to see the surface temperature of materials in the house. Hot (white) spots can indicate the presence of termites, whereas cold (black) spots can reveal a water leak.
Our inspections meet or exceed the Australian Standard (AS 4349.3-2010 and AS 3660.2-2000) Inspection guidelines. For example, a thermal camera is not required by the standards, but we think it should be since it improves the quality and ultimate value of an inspection significantly.
Prevention and Maintenance
In addition to reporting to you the presence of any wood destroying pests, moisture, and water leaks, we also will advise you how to protect your house from future termite and borer attacks. Termites can cause devastating damage that is not only expensive to repair but also severely affect the resale price of a property.
Understanding Your Options
An indecipherable report is barely better than no report at all. You must be able to understand and act on the information contained within it in order to get the maximum benefit. For that reason, we don’t just describe the problem and leave you to fend for yourself. We take the time to explain any items that you’re uncertain about and also to advise you on what kinds of repairs might be needed, what sort of tradie you should contact, and a ball park cost.
If you need any advice or clarification after receiving your report, you are more than welcome to give us a call.
Make An Informed Decision
Armed with an objective assessment of the property condition it will then be up to you to decide what a fair price for the property actually is. Our commitment to you is to give you the factual information you need to either have the defects fixed or to reduce the price by a sufficient amount to cover repairs.