Is A Pre-Purchase House Inspection Required?

There are just so many reasons why building inspections are important before you sign any contract. So many elements of a house can be concealed by vendors and builders touch ups, that it makes it almost impossible on open days for a home buyer to detect major structural defects, safety issues, not to mention identifying any termite activity. Within Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, house auctions are the main choice for vendors and agents to sell their property. As a result, contract conditions such as pre purchase building and timber pest inspections cannot be conducted after the hammer has come down, therefore a building inspection report is essential prior to the auction date.

It may seem one of the more tedious aspects of buying a family home, but our building inspections can save you tens of thousands in costly repairs or even your life. It's surprising to us how many people don't think about getting a pre-purchase building inspection or even contemplate forgoing one for the sake of saving a few hundred dollars. Others believe and can sometimes be swayed by pushy real estate agents or that forgoing a building report will speed up the buying process and make them a more favourable buyer, but as you'll see below, an inspection is essential for a number of reasons.

"We all get pre purchase inspections on our used cars... why not for our biggest financial investment, our family home?"

Here are our top reasons as to why you need a Northern House Inspection Report

1. We check for all structural issues

A structurally sound building is a must when you're making a purchase because of safety issues and cost concerns.

Structural weaknesses can cause collapses that may injure a family member or friend, but there's also the possibility that the structural issue will be nearly impossible to repair without major construction and associated costs.

Buildings must also conform to any National Construction Codes and Australian Standards. If you purchase a home or commercial building that does not conform to these standards, you will be responsible for the cost of bringing the building up to code.

Getting a pre-purchase building inspection done can help you avoid purchasing a building with major structural issues - saving you major financial and emotional heartache down the track.

We have the necessary skill set and formal training to identify any major structural issues.

2. Budgeting for Renovations

You may feel it's worthwhile to purchase a building that needs some repairs because it is available for a discounted price in the suburb of your dreams, but going into the sale without an inspection could mean big costs for hidden repair problems.

If you opt for a pre-purchase building inspection, you know exactly what needs to be done to bring the building up to where you'd like it to be before committing to the purchase.

Northern House Inspections reports are a cost saver and a life saver. We'll let you know what the defect is, how severe it is, where it is, what and who is the best person to repair, rectify or replace any issues found. Our building reports serve as a handy checklist for any future renovation.

You can then look at hiring a professional to give estimates on the repairs that need to be done to complete an accurate budget for repair costs.

For renovations, Northern House inspections services are cost saver and a life saver!

3. Electrical safety for your loved ones

Faulty electrical wiring can make for a dangerous situation that could increase the risk of electrocution or fire. We'll let you know if there is a safety switch/RCD fitted to protect your family. Another big issues relating to electrical safety is a common defect we see during pre-purchase house inspections in Melbourne. More often than not, we see halogen downlights with no fire protection covers, dangerously close to insulation. These issues, if undetected, can cause a fire and possibly death to occupants. Not having enough smoke alarms installed increases the likelihood of injury or death in the event of a fire, so investing in a building inspection to avoid serious injury related to electrical wiring issues or fire is a must.

Contact Mike from Northern House Inspections to keep your family safe.

4. Identifying unsafe areas of a home

If you're buying a home for your family, you want to be sure the home is safe and ready for you to live in.

A Northern House Inspections pre-purchase house inspection will reveal any areas of the home that may be deemed unsafe. Particular items include the presence of asbestos and other dangerous materials, missing/loose or non-compliant balustrades, substandard pool fencing and unsafe decking and balconies.

Uncovering these safety hazards gives you the opportunity to decide if you are willing to take on the cost of making your potential new home safe for your family.

5. Illegal building works

It's a fact that 1 in 3 houses will have some form of illegal building works. While conducting pre purchase house inspections we commonly uncover issues such as, load bearing walls that have been removed during DIY renovations without the relocation of roof loads. We see Illegal wiring where the DIY home owner has added additional power points, extra wiring or light fittings. This Illegal wiring increases the risk of house fires and can be deadly.

We see additions and alterations constructed without building permits or builders warranty insurance protection and decks and balconies, that don't have compliant safety barriers. The consequences of buying a house with non-compliant and illegal building works could result in a balcony failure, electrocution, drowning or other accident leading to injury, disability or death of a member of your family or friend. You may find yourself liable in a court of law, even if you where the unsuspecting buyer who didn't conduct the illegal works.

Furthermore, insurance companies will not cover damages or costs as a result of pre-existing illegal building works.

Don't let these types of nightmares happen to you, call Northern House Inspections before you buy and have total peace of mind.

6. Inspecting outbuildings and other structures

The main house itself is not the only part of a property that may need the expert eye of our building inspector. Did you know other structures within 30 meters of the main building including sheds, bungalows, and studios also have to be inspected?

Local council regulations, and they vary from shire to shire, often stipulate where these structures can and can't be built. Purchasing a building that does not comply with these regulations can sometimes mean tearing down that building which may have been one of the reasons you decided to purchase the property in the first place...

A quick chat with Mike, our chief inspector will give you all the help you need.

7. Termites

Current statistics say that 1 in 10 houses inspected have evidence of termite activity. Don't let your new home become a statistic and let our team undertake an extensive inspection before you purchase your dream home. Termites can cause extensive damage especially when located in the structural timber of a home; they can cause this damage within a very short period of time.

It is imperative that your house is inspected not just via a visual inspection but other modalities such as moisture tests, sounding tests and computer radar. Such testing will give you a comprehensive and clear picture regarding the health of your new home and allow you to make the decision to move forward on the purchase of your new home with peace of mind. Once again, insurance companies will not cover you for pre-existing termite infestation and subsequent damage.

Call Northern House inspections today on 0481 299 682 and avoid becoming another statistic.

Skipping the process of a pre purchase house inspection may seem tempting on the surface when you think you can save a few hundred dollars, but making sure the dream home you are purchasing for your family is safe, requires no expensive repairs and complies with council regulations is absolutely essential. At Northern House Inspections we strongly believe our inspection services could stop you making the biggest financial mistake of your life - it's a very small price to pay.