Over the coming weeks, we will be continuing to quiz our experienced Inspectors about some of the defects they come across when inspecting residential homes. This week, we’ve focused on the most common defect found when inspecting Garages throughout Victoria.
Movement, also known as cracking, is a common defect that is frequently inspected during a Special Purpose Inspection. Spotting cracks in the walls, on the ceiling and beside door frames/windows are quite common in garages, but the causes may differ. Though cracks may be terrifying to spot, not all are detrimental to the structural integrity.
So What Causes Cracking?
Movement in a building or in paving can occur because of several factors.
These can include:
- Ground movement and changing conditions in the environment
- Ageing of the building
- Poor structural design or substandard workmanship
To help identify the cause of the movement, we recommend you engage a professional to assess the issue.
There have been many cases where buyers have bought houses with limited access to part of the house, to find after settlement that there are major structural defects. We have found this is the case with garage/ sheds being locked on the general inspections.
We also frequently receive concerning enquiries from clients who are residing in their property and cracks begin to appear.
To make sure you know your investment’s crooks and crannies, ensure you hire an experienced professional to go through the entire property.