Pre purchase building inspection

Pre-Purchase Building Inspections

Pre-purchase building inspections Perth. So you have looking at purchasing a new property? Fantastic! To ensure you are adequately covered though, it is highly recommended that a pre-purchase building inspection is conducted on the property. This will provide you with the required information to proceed with confidence!

Master Building Inspectors provides detailed building inspection reports on a property’s condition at the time of inspection.

Our Comprehensive building reports can include any significant building defects such as rising damp, movement or cracking in walls, safety hazards and structural issues.

The building inspectors check all accessible parts of the property.

Perth Property Contracts

In Perth, most real estate agents use REIWA contracts. It is highly recommended that additional structural building inspection & timber pest inspection clauses are included in this contract. This will protect you, should significant structural issues or termite activity be present at the time of inspection.

It is not uncommon to find structural issues with walls, subsidence with timber floors and roof framing issues during an inspection. Non compliance structural defects have even been found on newly constructed properties less than 12 months old!

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Pre-Purchase Building Report Options

Master Building Inspectors does offer 2 x different inspection reports for pre-purchase building inspections: Structural reports or Standard pre- purchase building reports. The standard building report is a more comprehensive assessment, including minor defects along with major or structural faults.

These items are noted for the information of the client only, as they cannot typically be negotiated upon, when a structural clause has been signed.

However, many client’s find these reports of great benefit, especially when constructing a maintenance plan and already knowing the areas that require immediate attention.

For the purposes of a pre-purchase building inspection, defects are categorised as either safety hazards, major defects and minor defects. Just because a defect is categorised as minor, it does not necessarily mean it is insignificant.

The cost to rectify a collective number of minor defects can be substantial!

Please note: Master Building Inspectors now only provides Structural building inspections. Standard pre-purchase building inspections are obsolete.

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Pre-Purchase Standard Building Inspection

The standard building report is advised where the clients are purchasing a property and require knowledge on the existence of major and minor defects along with recommendations for remedial works to be undertaken. The correct trade category for each repair is also provided.

Please note that commenting on electrical, gas or plumbing systems/installations is outside the scope of this inspection, due to being specialised trades. We always recommend a licensed Plumber and/or Electrician are engaged when a plumbing/gas or Electrical Annexure is included in the contract. Contact us for further advice.

Minor defects are commonly found on most properties (even newly constructed homes) and generally expected to be repaired under a typical maintenance schedule. Information on pre-purchase structural building inspections can be found following the link.

Structural Building Report

  • Roof Frame
  • Retaining Walls
  • Sub floor/ slab
  • Walls – External/Internal
  • Ceilings

Standard Building Report

  • Roof Frame
  • Retaining walls
  • Doors and frames
  • Sub Floor
  • Walls – External/Internal
  • Roofing – External/Internal
  • Guttering and downpipes
  • Balconies, stairs and patios
  • Paving and pergolas
  • Cabinets
  • Maintenance issues
  • Fences

The benefits of a pre-purchase building inspection

The benefits of getting a pre purchase building inspection report are:

  • Identification of Hidden Problems: When you first visit a property with the intention of buying, many people are not aware that hidden problems may be present that unfortunately you only realise once you start living in it. It could be items like deteriorated gutters, leaks to showers or rising damp issues that can be costly to repair. A building inspector can identify these issues during the inspection.
  • Option to negotiate price with seller: After you receive the building inspection report, you will get a clear idea on the condition of the property. Negotiations may then occur (dependant of contractual clauses) for the property’s price.
  • Structural safety: A Building inspection report will detail current structural faults.
  • Peace of mind: Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having an experienced building inspector assess your home.

To book an inspection call 1300 852 496

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About your Master Building Inspector

Unfortunately, the building inspection industry in Perth is unregulated. Therefore, it is paramount that the building inspector assessing your build is suitably experienced and qualified.

Many companies in Perth, state that their inspectors are registered. Sadly, this is a false statement, as there is currently no such qualification.

We recommend checking your inspectors credentials, as many so call “registered building inspectors” have no building experience or qualifications and come from accounting & management backgrounds.

Our Inspectors:

  • All inspectors are qualified, registered builders, holding registration with the WA Building Commission.
  • Fully insured. Every building inspectors holds Public liability & Professional Indemnity insurances underwritten by Lloyds of London.
  • All inspectors come from trade backgrounds. They have been involved with the construction of residential & commercial builds for years!
  • Every one of our inspectors has undertaken extensive training, in the inspection and reporting process.

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