Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Melbourne
Pre-Purchase Building Inspections are the most common type of Building Inspection and undertaken by most home buyers to ensure they are not buying a lemon or investing in a money pit.
No matter the age, style or condition of a home, a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection is cheap insurance based on the hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment you are making.
The inspection must, as far as practicable, cover all visual parts of the Structure wherever accessible. The process that is required and the areas and inclusions are defined in the Australian Standard AS4349.
The Australian Standard AS4349 states that:
The purchase of residential property is an important decision and should be supported by knowledge of the physical state of the property. Independent and objective advice is often required to enable informed decisions.
It is implicit in this Standard that the inspection includes subjective appraisal by an Inspector competent to assess the condition of residential buildings.
The inspection shall cover all accessible areas.
Significant items to be reported are as follows:
(a) Major defects.
(b) A general impression regarding the extent of minor defects.
(c) Any major defect that is an urgent and serious safety hazard.
A Building and Timber Pest Inspection on a typical three bedroom home should be around $640.00 inclusive of GST. That inspection should be performed by an Inspector with a credible and lengthy building background as an actual Domestic Unlimited Builder.
The report to support the inspection, should meet the minimum requirement of the Australian Standard and not some ‘check the box’ styled one page summary. The report should also be filled with details about not only the serious issues affecting the home, but also the long-term maintenance items required to ensure the home withstands the rigours of time. The inspection and report should be backed by a minimum of $1,000,000 of professional indemnity insurance which the large majority of cheap and cheerful operators do not possess due to its high cost.
In 1973 Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) were banned from being manufactured in Australia with a moratorium in place until 1983 allowing the sale of pre-1973 manufactured materials.
In the domestic environment, there is no body or legislation ensuring ACM’s are monitored or documented, therefore the home owner is mostly left in the dark, not knowing if there are ACM’s present or not.
Most homes constructed pre-1983 in Victoria, have some form of Asbestos Containing Materials within their structure, so how can you deal with them. For peace and mind, the recommendation is to test any suspected materials and if found positive for Asbestos, either contain (encapsulate) them, or remove the item or product.
‘In Out All About Building Consultants’ are authorised and certified to sample, document and qualify Asbestos containing Materials in both Commercial & Domestic Environments.
If you have concerns about Asbestos Containing Materials within your work or home environment it would be wise to have it checked.