What Is a Building Inspection and Why Is It Important?

Before you decide on purchasing a house, it is essential to have your new home checked out professionally to avoid seeing unpleasant surprises when you move in there. Organising a building inspection is necessary; since it could help you to save you from expensive mistakes and possible damages. This step is essential before purchasing a house; it is a building inspection which serves as validation of the current condition of the property before it is gets sold.

It is better to acknowledge ahead of time the maintenance and repairs that you may face when you purchase it. Another great idea is to have a pest inspection to check the building thoroughly. It is essential whether your home is either an old type or just a few years old pieces.

Below are some of the lists on what inspectors do during building inspections:

  • Inspectors checks if the walls have cracks, sometimes cracks are hidden by wallpapers
  • Inspect if both the walls and floors are damp
  • They confirm if the ceilings of the house are free from mould or leak stains
  • An inspector examines the windows and blinds if it is still in working order
  • Inspectors survey the plumbing system of the home; they look for leaks, look over if the drainage is still working including outside waste
  • The inspectors also try the electrical system of the house including all power points, air conditioning, heating, and even the ceiling and extraction fans
  • Look for any rusting framework

  • They also evaluate if the doors are functional and still in excellent condition
  • Surveys the level of traffic noise in the area
  • Probes the phone lines and TV aerial points
  • Checks the capacity of phone lines and TV aerial points

While those things above are detailed in the building inspection report, there are other things that an inspector must also do, including:

  • Inspects the state of the gates and fences to ensure bases are sound
  • They also look for poisonous plants in the garden
  • Evaluates the surroundings like if there are large trees near the house as their roots could cause structural damage to the property
  • Search for any rotting timber on the outside of the house
  • Inspectors check the external structure of the building like pergolas and granny flats (confirm extensions are legal, and council approved)
  • Inspects for fire hazard areas such as external cables or power points
  • Assures that outer walls are straight
  • Inspectors test the water pressure of external taps of the building
  • Surveys the roof condition including the frames and tiles of the home
  • Search for any sign of insect pests

After coming up with the building inspection report detailing the shape of the property, you can then decide based on the findings of the inspectors. Sometimes items can be fixed, and you could incorporate in the contract that your purchase is subject to a favourable inspection.