Before purchasing a home, or if you own a property and want it to be thoroughly inspected, a building property inspection and the accompanying report can be worth their weight in gold. By understanding the presence of any issues with the property, you can obtain a fairer and more realistic impression of the actual value of the property as well as have the forewarning of any necessary or desired repairs or maintenance.
A General Overview of a Building Property Inspection Report
What’s included in a building property inspection report? As you might imagine, the report contains all of the key findings of the building property inspection, which is carried out in person by qualified engineers and surveyors that can often see problems or their symptoms that may go unnoticed by prospective buyers or homeowners themselves.
The report generally includes all of the results of the findings from the building property inspection as well as photographs. The findings are designed to be written in clear and plain English, with minimal engineering jargon, so that anyone reading the report should be able to clearly identify and quantify any issues with the property.
Interior & Exterior Inspection
Every property building inspection includes a thorough inspection of the entire property, including interior and exterior of the structure within the property lines.
The interior inspection includes a detailed analysis of the structural elements of the building, including the walls, ceilings, and floors, as well as an inspection of the electrical systems, plumbing and drainage, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, for example.
The exterior inspection includes all outdoor structural elements such as the walls, facade, masonry, siding, roof and gutters, the foundation footers and walls, as well as outdoor fixtures such as doors and windows.
For properties with garages, patios, balconies, decks, fences, retaining walls or other landscaping present, the building property inspection report will consider any faults or defects with these elements as well as whether they are in need of immediate repair or if maintenance is desirable.
Pests & Rodents
Certain pests and rodents can be problematic in Melbourne and in other climates, potentially posing a severe risk of damage such as in the case of termites. Rodents, on the other hand, may pose various health and hygiene risks if they fester around the property. The building property inspection report will account for the presence (or symptoms) of pests and/or rodents, including mice and termites, as well as a damage assessment.
Fire Safety & Compliance
Residential properties should be safe and compliant, so a building property inspection report will also consider any fire safety measures present as well as the presence and operability of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors as well as the overall ventilation of the property.
Homes with swimming pools will also be inspected for any health and safety hazards that may be present with or around the pool itself.
Once the inspection has been completed, the engineers and surveyors will diligently assemble the report and include any relevant issues in plain English so that everyone involved in the transaction of the property will be well aware of any needed or desirable repairs or maintenance.
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