Having helped hundreds of families purchase a home throughout my real estate career there is always one suggestion I make. Avoid catastrophe and costly damage by getting a professional to perform a comprehensive structural report on the property you are looking to purchase.
Yeah sure they can be ‘another’ cost to worry about… but you wouldn’t go without home insurance… so consider a structural report your purchase insurance policy.
I always recommend a very professional company to conduct a report and I have Houspect on speed dial in my iPhone as they have always completed a wonderful job for clients eyery time. I asked them to put together a report below to tell you what they do and how they can help.
Houspect Pre Purchase and Building Inspections
If you want to be sure of what you’re really buying or want to show buyers you are committed to selling, you simply must organise a pre-purchase inspection. Even the most well-presented homes can have hidden defects that cause lingering headaches and expense long after the property settles.
Chris Walshof Houspect, Perth’s leading building inspection company, says
“when people decide to purchase a $40,000 car, their first thought is to have it inspected for mechanical defaults. However, when purchasing a $550,000 house, they often do not think to arrange for a pre-purchase building inspection.”
When you consider that purchasing a new home is usually the largest investment of a lifetime, it becomes vital that every ‘Offer to Purchase’ states that a pre-purchase inspection must be undertaken.
Is that structure legal?
Chris Walshthe Director of Houspect WA advises one of the biggest concerns for the industry is the number of illegal structures being built by home handymen which do not conform with Australian Building Standards and subsequently do not have the relevant council approval. In many cases the councils can, and do, demand an illegal structure be demolished. He advises the best way to avoid this problem is to request a copy of the current plans from the appropriate council; a process which Houspect can advise on.
Instant peace of mind
When purchasing or selling an existing home, Houspect will provide a comprehensive inspection report, usually within 24 hours of inspection, which includes all aspects of structural soundness and the overall condition of the entire property. A detailed list of maintenance issues requiring immediate attention can also be included if required. Houspect inspections are designed to meet the conditions of Australian Standard AS4349.1 and give prospective buyers a priceless sense of confidence.
One call does it all
With new legislation constantly being introduced relating to mandatory hard-wired smoke alarms, RCD’s and energy reports, it can be hard to keep track of what boxes must be ticked in order to proceed to settlement. A Houspect pre-inspection means you don’t have to, as their qualified inspectors can ensure no stone is left unturned. They can even inspect for termites, removing the need for multiple points of contact.
Build with confidence
If building a new home, Houspect will carry out inspections of new building works during construction. They conduct site inspections on behalf of owners at critical stages which coincide with progress payments. These are:
- Slab down
- Brickwork completed
- Roof cover on
- Practical completion/handover
Houspect inspections and reports ensure the standard of workmanship carried out on buildings under construction conform to Australian Building Standards.
If you have been an owner builder then you will require a Houspect Builders’ Indemnity Report to be completed prior to sale. This is an insurance requirement that the house has been completed to industry standards and various forms must be sighted by Houspect inspectors to ensure the necessary standards have been met.
Houspect also prepare reports which cover the important aspects of practical completion of new homes, renovations and extensions, builder’s indemnity, investigation and insurance claim assessments.
Inspected by the best
Houspect aren’t a small one-man band. They are a large, professional organisation with a dedicated customer service team in place to ensure your whole experience with them is seamless and painless. Houspect inspectors are all registered builders with years of experience in the industry. Each inspector is trained to investigate and report on all aspects of structural soundness and maintenance issues on any domestic or commercial property being bought or sold. Houspect inspectors are located throughout thePerthmetropolitan area and in all major WA regional centres.
Complete the Houspect Job Request Form on their website today www.houspect.com.au and they will arrange the appropriate inspection for you or your client. For further information, call them on 9383 1043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us know in the comments below if you have had any past issues where you ‘wish’ you ordered a structural report and can assure someone else not to make the same mistake.