When selling or buying a home, one of the most important aspects of the process is building inspections. Sellers and prospective purchasers alike need to know that the best way to determine a property’s overall structural integrity is to have a professional building inspection carried out. Building inspections can be carried out fairly quickly these days, with many inspection apps helping inspectors to perform their duties with greater efficiency.
People who are thinking of buying a new home can make a more informed buying decision without having to worry about having unexpected structural problems emerging after the purchase has been made, thus protecting their investment, while for sellers a building inspection means that they will be aware of any such issues prior to the extension of an offer.
It can be a shock when an inspection carried out at the behest of a potential buyer yields structural deficiencies, and a seemingly promising deal could end up being completely derailed as a result.
Whether you are intending to put your property on the market or are looking for a new home, it is a good idea to become aware of the issues that are most frequently discovered during professional building inspections so that you will be ready to deal with them should it happen.
Even the most well-built roof will not last forever without some degradation eventually beginning to occur. Previously undetected roofing issues can often be turned up by professional building inspections as in most cases homeowners will not be aware of the problem until they become serious enough to be visible or result in leaks.
Perhaps the most common issue that most property inspection reports uncover relates to drainage. Building inspectors evaluate not just the primary structure but important aspects of the property that surrounds it to find the potential for cracked slabs and water damage caused by deficiencies with drainage and grading.
The good news is that this common problem is easily rectified, with the possibility of water damage being significantly reduced by the repair or installing of new downpipes and gutters or re-grading around the property.
Home plumbing systems are always intricate, but can also cause problems during professional building inspections. It is not unusual for such reports to list faulty fixtures, waste line problems, or deteriorating, incompatible and outdated piping.
Plumbing problems are common findings on inspections and need to be fixed to avoid having an adverse impact on a property sale.
Structural defects can emerge as a consequence of general wear and tear, common issues or building defects. Other factors that can contribute include the likes of degradation caused by poor ventilation, lack of maintenance and undetected leaks caused by poor plumbing or roofing.
Cumulative damage to floor joints, foundation walls, rafters and other structural components can also come from initial building practices and environmental factors, particularly in older properties.
Building inspection reports can help sellers find ways to improve their property for future sale and allow buyers greater peace of mind.