building inspection sydney
  • March 8, 2021
  • Effective Building
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Building inspection Sydney by EBC will give you a full assessment of the property. We usually do combine building and pest inspections.

Building only inspections report on structural safety hazards and defects. On the other hand, a pest inspection determines whether there are any pest or termite infestations within the property.

In Sydney, Effective Building & Consultancy recommends that both a building and pest inspection is carried out to ensure the state of the property before purchase.

Current State of Buildings in Sydney

The increasing number of building defects in Sydney is terrifying. Every day, our building inspectors discover many significant building defects. This is due to the self-regulated construction industry. 

Even NSW Premier Gladys Berejikan stated that the system of regulation isn’t working. She has actioned this by appointing a building commissioner. Her goal of restoring accountability, transparency, and quality of work that the community expects from the building inspection Sydney was slowly getting back.

Importance of Building Inspection Sydney

A building inspection Sydney is an essential step in the home buying process. The reason for this is that it offers invaluable insight into the property condition. The reports look for possible structural, drainage, plumbing, termite, and roof damage which is essential to know pre-purchase.

Your home may look appealing. However, there are specific issues a home can present that you don’t want to take on. This includes major structural issues that can be costly to fix.

With the help of building inspection Sydney, we can uncover minor problems. This can give you leverage when it comes to negotiating the final sale price.

What is a Building and Pest Inspection?

Building and pest inspection reports on the property’s current condition. Moreover, it’s also designed to protect you during the purchasing process.

The reports arm you with detailed information about potential issues before you invest valuable time and money into a property. Asking the right questions and understanding your role at this stage of the home-buying process is invaluable.

What Do Building Inspectors Look for?

Building and pest inspectors look for a wide variety of issues. These include cracks in walls, rust, dampness, mould, or leak stains. They check to see if windows and doors are functional. They also note if there are potential plumbing or electrical issues, rotting timber, and pests.

Externally, they inspect the roof, walls, and other external structures. They also inspect the large trees,  fire, and garden hazards. The building and pest inspection can also expose any previous pest infestations, what damage was caused, and how it was fixed.

Finally, building inspection Sydney will check that any extensions to the property are legal and have council approval.

How to Get the Most Out of the Building Inspection Sydney?

Before enlisting a building inspection Sydney professional, ask them questions to make sure you are getting the most out of your reports:

  • What areas of the property does the inspection cover?
  • What does the report include?
  • What experience and qualifications do they have in residential home inspections?
  • Will you attend the onsite inspection?
  • How long will the inspection take?
  • How long will it take to get the report back?

Before the building and pest inspection, discuss any concerns that you have. Attend the inspection. This an excellent opportunity to educate yourself on the state of the property.

You can also ask further questions. That way, you can get advice or suggestions on any potential issues. If you are unable to attend, ask for detailed photos of areas not visible to you during the building inspection Sydney.

Building and pest inspection isn’t a market appraisal. The inspector is only there to give you the facts about the current state of the property.

Interpreting a Building Inspection Report

There’s an Australian Standard that states what’s to be included in a building inspection Sydney report. However, the inspector you use and the amount you pay will determine the level of detail you’ll receive in a report.

It can be a tick the box style report or an extensive 15-page report. Either way, the reports are designed to expose any past, present, or potential future issues of the home.

The Australian Standard requires that defects be located, identified, categorised under a type of fault. These faults could be damaged, distorted, water/damp related, and deterioration.

They also require the classification of each defect as to the magnitude of defects. At first glance, the reports can be daunting. But any good inspector will talk you through the report.

At this stage, it’s important to remember that the majority of homes have minor issues. So, try not to get too caught up with these issues. The minor issues will give you more use when it comes to negotiating.

When the home is riddled with problems, you should consider whether the cost, time, and resources are worth you moving ahead with the purchase. Some inspectors will assist with interpreting the report and pinpointing key issues. This will help you decide whether to purchase the property or not.

Finding the Right Building and Pest Inspector for You

Effective Building & Consultancy understands that finding a building and pest inspector is critical. Hence, we’re happy to introduce our team of building inspectors who are reputable and have been in the industry for more than 20 years.

Building inspection Sydney by EBC uses the latest technology to uncover hard-to-find and hidden defects. Our building inspectors explain the technical details clearly and submit the building inspection reports in 24-48 hours.

With us, you can ask all the questions we discussed above. You can also ask us for previous reports that we have done. That way, you can understand what type of report you’ll receive from them.

There’s a lot to think about and cover. That’s why it’s essential for buyers to acquire a professional building inspection report. The small fee you pay for a pre-purchase building inspection Sydney could save you ten thousand dollars in the long run. 

However, you should know that not all building inspectors in Sydney are the same. Some may be licensed and qualified but you can’t find them using the same equipment and strict building techniques to find everything lurking under the surface.

That’s a problem because most defects are hidden from plain sight. If you don’t get the right type of building inspection, significant defects could appear later which can lead to severe financial loss, injury, and death. Whether it’s an apartment inspection or a house inspection, it’s essential to protect your family and financial investment.

Remember that building inspection Sydney is important prior to the home buying process. It will safeguard, and arm you, with all the information to make an informed decision.

Know that these things are important before putting a final offer on the property or for when you go to bid at auction.

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About Elie Farah

Elie Farah is a Building Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the property industry. Elie has specialised knowledge in development acquisitions, blue-chip properties and inspections, as well as flood-affected and waterfront properties, heritage buildings, bushfire management and existing use rights.

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