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What is a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Report?

A pre-purchase building inspection report is a comprehensive document that details the condition of the property, including the issues with it and possible solutions to correct those issues. If you are planning to but a property, home, or business space, it is strongly recommended to get a pre-purchase inspection done to protect your investment. If it is found at a later stage that the property has a plethora of issues that would cost several thousand dollars to fix, you would regret not getting an inspection done earlier.

A pre-purchase building inspection takes about 24 hours (or a bit longer depending on how large the property is) but it can save you a lot of time, stress, or agony.If the inspection finds the property to be in good condition, you’ll be able to go ahead with your decision of acquiring it with more confidence and élan. If the report mentions a few issues, you will find a great negotiation tool in the form of an inspection report to negotiate the price of the property citing the various expenses you will need to incur to fix the issues.

In any case, a pre-purchase building inspection and the report make for a sensible small investment that you must definitely make before purchasing a property.

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Pre Purchase Building Inspections Sydney, Pest Inspection
Pre Purchase Building Inspections Sydney, Pest Inspection

What Is Included In A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Report?

Once the inspection has been completed, the inspector gets back to the desk and prepares a report based on the findings from the inspection. These findings are comprehensive and take into account every aspect that would make living or working in the said property safe or otherwise. It is developed in easy to read and understand English and technical details and terms are avoided unless they are absolutely necessary to be included. While every report is unique, there are certain fundamental details common to each pre-purchase building inspection report that have been enumerated below:

  • Complete details of the building in terms of its area, structure, design, safety aspects, structural issues, damages, pest infestations, and leakages along with photographs.
  • Major or minor cosmetic or design issues
  • Items that would need major or minor repairs before moving into the property
  • Any noteworthy safety hazards
  • Regular maintenance that would need to be carried out from time to time even after moving in

Construction Building Inspection and Report

What Is A Construction Building Inspection and How It Is Different From Pre-Purchase Inspection?

A Construction building inspection and pre-purchase are completely different and yet it is easy to get confused between them. While the former is conducted at a time when the construction is going on, the latter is conducted on a finished building.

A construction building inspection is conducted multiple times during the construction of a building to ensure that it is being constructed as per the agreed upon plan and that the correct material and adherence to specifications is being properly exercised. This inspection also ensures that the safety and work standards for the labour engaged in the construction are being maintained.

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These inspections are generally carried out in phases, normally 3-5 times during the entire span of construction. The reports created as a result of these inspections contain the following details and are created separately for each phase.
  • The details of the assessment of steel and footing reinforcements to ensure that they have been laid out properly before being filled with concrete.
  • Analysis of the wall and roof frames, support posts, beams, and various joints.
  • Complete assessment of electrical wiring, drainage systems, door frames, and exterior installations.
  • Review of internal wiring and waterproofing system.
  • A final assessment that ensures that every building component has been tied together and is functioning as expected before the building is handed over to the owner.

Why Is Construction Building Inspection Crucial?

Construction of a building is a huge investment in terms of time and money, not to mention the efforts of the building team. When the construction has been completed, a building becomes either a house or a commercial space and in both cases, humans inhibit it. Hence, it is vital that the building is strong, is free of pests and termites, confirms to the laws of the land, and can withstand the elements of the nature for a long time.

All these things can be compromised if there are no periodic inspections and checks. Despite the best effort of the building teams, errors may go unnoticed. Therefore, it is important to hire a reputed company early on in the construction cycle that has the specialisation and expertise in conducting inspections of this kind and prepare and audit reports.

Also, one must think of the unthinkable. In the unfortunate event of mishaps like building collapse or other serious issues with the structure, a construction inspection report can act as the savior because it documented all the construction phase, quality of material used, timely inspections, and adherence to laws in detail. The inspector who conducts the inspections can be called as a witness and sign a testimony to the effect that the building was safe and sound.

Pest Inspection & Report

What Is Pest Inspection Service And Report?

Pests (ants, cockroaches, wasps, termites, rodents, and so on) are small and vile insects that make our homes, offices, and gardens their habitats and cause extensive and long-term damages to the structures. To add to the agony, they can sometimes carry harmful germs and bacteria which make them dangerous species that can adversely affect the health of our family members and pets. So they must be eradicated at all costs from our lives.

If you occasionally see an insect or two in and around your house, don’t panic. It is not a sign of infestation. However, if you see them in large numbers and regularly, then there may be colony somewhere and the issue must be investigated by a competent and reputed pest inspection service.

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How Can A Pest Inspection Service Help?

When you book a pest inspection, a pest inspector from the appointed company visits you. The entire premises, both the interiors as well as the exteriors, are thoroughly searched for possible infestations or pest colonies. When the inspection is complete, the pest inspector drafts a pest inspection report detailing the degree and areas of infestation and the remedial measures that must be taken to eliminate them completely.

If you live in an area or are planning to purchase a property in an area that is green, has a lot of trees, shrubs, small forests, or moist land, we strongly recommend a pest inspection to ensure that the premises are free of any pest or termite infestations. Such areas are especially prone to infections and a pest inspection report will put your mind to rest with regard to the presence of termites, borers and wood decay fungi in the property.

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What Can You Do To Make Your Home Pest Free ?

While pest treatment is best left to the professionals, there are a few things you can do yourself to make sure that your house is free of pests.
  • All the holes, cavities, and cracks in and around your house must be filled.
  • If you have a garden or greenery around your house, prune the shrubs, cut short the branches, and mow the lawn regularly.
  • Ensure that the water does not stand anywhere, especially kitchen and bathroom/s.
  • Keep your house clutter free. Any unwanted stuff should be discarded so that it does not become a breeding ground for the any kind of pests.
These measures will ensure that the pests do not have an opportunity to enter or breed in your home. However, if the pest infestations have already made their way into your home, then such precautions will not help and you must engage a pest control service immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions ?

If you’ve never engaged a pre-purchase building and pest inspection service before, it is natural that there will be a lot of questions in your mind. Let’s see if we can answer some of the most common one’s for you.
When you hire a service, an inspector will come to your house and conduct a thorough inspection of your property looking for any possible structural, building, design, or pest related issues. The inspector is a qualified and skilled person who has the necessary tools and experience to gauge any kind of defect even if it is concealed. After the inspection is complete, you can expect a complete report sent to you via email. Based on the details in the mail, you will be able to take an informed decision about the property you wish to invest in.

While both are different kind of inspections, they serve the same end; finding out if the property is suitable to invest in. So we highly recommend that both inspections are done at the same time.

At Vital Building and Pest Inspections, we always educate our customers about the advantages of combining both the inspections into one and also conduct all our inspections for both the building defects as well as pest infections.

It depends on the area to be inspected but in general, it takes about 3-4 hours.

After the inspection has been completed, the report is sent to you within 24 hours via email.

It is not necessary. However, it is your right. Also, we may need you to access different areas of your house.

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