Protect Yourself with a Pre-Purchase House Inspection

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Are you starting the exciting search for your own home?

When going to see properties for sale, don’t let a good first impression or ‘curb appeal’ distract you from warning signs in a property – issues which could prove costly and time-consuming, and may even lead you to regretting your purchase in the long run.

A pre-purchase building and pest inspection is now considered by many lenders as an essential step in the purchase of a home, with many financial institutions stipulating it as a condition of their lending offer.

When attending a property inspection, some issues will be immediately obvious as needing attention – peeling paint, damaged fences, chipped concrete and rusted guttering.

However, only a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection can identify issues that are not always obvious at first glance. This is where initial modest outlay of the price of an inspection can pay for itself many times over.

Below you will find visual examples and comments from the many thousands of reports our inspectors have completed over the years, showing defects and issues which may be easy to spot, as well as those that can only be detected in the course of a thorough inspection.

A pre purchase house inspection report, such as the ones The Hub send to our clients, should also include recommendations on how the defects found can be rectified.

This is why it’s crucial to use a company such as The Home Inspection Hub who only use experienced and qualified inspectors. In Victoria there is no formal qualification required to conduct a pre purchase building inspection, however we would strongly advise against using a company whose inspectors are not experienced building professionals.

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Inspector’s Comment: Front fence is in good condition but painted surfaces are weathered and chalky and will require painting in the future to guard against deterioration.
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Inspector’s comment: Some weatherboards need replacing.
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Inspector’s Comment: The damp area of this wall, to the lower left of the window indicates a possible leak.
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Inspector’s Comment: Sealant has not been properly finished where the tiles meet the wall. It is highly recommended sealant is installed to prevent moisture entering under the tiles and causing ongoing damage
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Inspector’s Comment: These wall tiles have not been completed with trim around the door. Moisture could enter behind the tiles and cause ongoing damage or issues. The edge of the tiles should be fitted with an aluminium strip or sealed with caulking
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Inspector’s Comment: There are pressure-limiting valves on the cold water line but not the hot line. Sink mixers require pressure limiting valves on both hot and cold water.
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Inspector’s Comment: Bath waste has been leaking in this area for a long time. There is substantial damage to the wall timber and floor joist.
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Inspector’s Comment: These articulation joints have not been sealed. Articulation joins need sealing to prevent water or pest ingress.
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Inspector’s Comment: These roof insulation batts are of a good quality however have been disturbed or not installed correctly. Reinstalling missing batts will achieve the maximum energy rating.
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Inspector’s Comment: There is evidence of water damage in these eaves. The cement sheet may contain asbestos and needs further investigation by a licensed professional.

A pre-purchase house inspection by The Home Inspection Hub is an investment in your safety and peace of mind. We also conduct new home construction inspections, owner builder defect reports and special purpose inspections throughout Melbourne and surrounds, Geelong and Central Victoria.

The Hub also offers specialist services such as contract review, tax depreciation schedules and VCAT reports and expert witness.

We are conducting inspections in line with government restrictions. Call us on 1300 071 283 or email info@thehomeinspectionhub.com.au to see how we can currently assist you.

We also offer a free quote service.