understanding defect inspection reports
  • February 13, 2024
  • Effective Building
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A defect inspection report (also known as a building defect report) is a professional overview of all the defects that need fixing before buying or selling the property. Homebuyers should have a defect inspection report to prevent being saddled with a number of problems that cost a lot to repair and address. Meanwhile, sellers should have a defect inspection report to ensure that the property is in its best condition prior to the finalised sale.

Common Defects in a Defect Inspection Report

Here’s a list of the most common defects found during inspections:

  • Plumbing – Though toilets aren’t the number one selling features that homebuyers pay attention to, a faulty plumbing system will lead to greater problems later on.
  • Roofing – Similar to toilets, the roof is not something most homebuyers get to see when viewing a property. However, a bad roof is vulnerable to weather damage.
  • Pests – A gathering of insects or a rat scurrying around is a big red flag for homebuyers because it means that pests have long taken over the house.

Tips for Addressing the Defects Found in the Report

Before buying or selling a property, you need to have any defects remediated ASAP.

  • For homebuyers, clearly call out the defects to sellers. Take time-stamped photos as evidence. Insist that sellers repair the defects or cover the cost.
  • For sellers, fix the defects before putting the property for sale because you will be legally obligated to disclose those defects to homebuyers.
  • For both homebuyers and sellers, hire a well-known and trusted contractor to address these defects. Don’t aim for quick fixes but lasting solutions.
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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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