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Written By Charlotte Miller

Building Inspection defects within a new building may include issues like not complying with the energy report, the report may specify double glazing and only single glazing has been installed

The report states that you require a 3000-litre water tank, and a 2000 water tank has been provided, if it’s not sitting on concrete footings then that’s a defect as well. They are all defects classified as minor

The new build is required to comply with the BCA (Building Code of Australia) as well as the Standards and tolerances.

Your building inspector will be able to identify and make a list of all defects found (major or minor) for you to provide to your builder for rectification before handover

Often in new building inspections we may find that the flashings have not been installed as required i.e. gutters are defective if they retain a depth of more than 10mm of water, gutters and downpipes are required to be securely fixed, wall and step flashings .and sloping sloping flashings cut into walls are defective if they do not incorporate weathering folds-these are all listed in the VBA s Standards and Tolerances

There are many examples of building defects including cracks to walls which could be classified as structural if they exceed 10mm in width.

Dampness to sub floors is a major concern especially if there is mould noted within the soil, this is a condition that is conducive to termite infestations which can have devastating effects if they have spread to the building frame.

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An experienced building inspector will complete a thorough and extensive inspection of the property both externally and internally to identify if there are any major structural defects, or any other issues, and document these with photos.

Where access is possible, the Sub Floor and Roof Space will also be inspected, along with a comprehensive maintenance check, and an estimated cost required for any necessary repairs.

We also focus on wet areas, to check for any dampness issues, or leaking. At no extra charge, we can also offer any building advice you may require such as regarding renovation plans or remove walls.

We do a visual inspection, of all electrical and plumbing, and test for water pressure, drainage, water hammer, as well as checking the safety switch and any old electrical wiring.

We can also advise if there may be asbestos present in any material used in the property.

If any issues are found, it is recommended to engage a licensed plumber or professional electricians to further investigate and provide more qualified advice.

Please let us know in advance if you have any concerns, or requests about your property, to ensure that the inspectors are fully aware of the issue.

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All our Pest Inspectors are trained, fully licensed professionals who are covered by insurance. Inspectors will conduct a thorough and careful Timber Pest Inspection using industry-standard state-of-the-art technology which includes a Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meter, combined with using old school visual inspections and tap sounding techniques.

Contact us for a thorough pre purchase building inspection.