Many items that you buy in Australia are covered by some kind of legal protection.
House purchases are not one of them.

Basic consumer protections exist for services and products below $40,000 – which you can find on the Australian Consumer Law website. They cover services like painting, floor coverings, and even renovations. Once you buy a house, the decision is entirely in your hands. So are any problems that go with it.

Interior inspection

Selling property is big business, and helping properties to sell is big business. This is why spotting problems can be really hard.

People will re-grout or re- silicone showers, but the dampness in the wall can hang around for many months. A shower with new silicon can indicate a much bigger problem with slowly leaking pipes inside the walls, or poor drainage.

Other common problems include patched and painted-over cracks, and re-plastered, repainted rising damp.

Your inspection will include:

  • Ceilings and cornices
  • Walls and interior vents
  • Floors, floor coverings, and skirtings
  • Windows, sills, and window frames
  • Doors, doorway fittings and frames
  • Kitchen, pantry and fittings
  • Bathrooms, ensuites, and toilets
  • Laundry Stairs and balustrades
  • Paint work

Your inspector will:

Find problems that have been covered up, tell you the root cause of the problem and draw on his building experience to help you troubleshoot the repair process.

Exterior inspection

A property’s exterior gives you many clues about existing and potential problems. Even if you are buying a home without external problems, Detail Building Inspections will be able to tell you whether you will have problems in future.

Your inspection will include:

  • Walls, including rising damp and damp courses
  • Timber cladding, brickwork, and Hebel
  • Windows, lintels, and flashings
  • Vents and weep holes
  • Stairs, balustrades and railings
  • Balconies, verandah, patios and outdoor areas
  • Decking Paint work

Roof inspections: Interior and exterior

When you can see sagging eaves or an uneven roof line, it’s an immediate indication that something is wrong. But what you can’t see are the problems that often hide underneath.

Very often, structural problems are a result of inadequate repair work, or small modifications not completed up to the right standard. Your inspector will find them all.

Roof exterior

Your inspection will include:

  • Roof covering Chimneys and flues
  • Valleys Guttering, flashing, and downpipes
  • Lining of eaves
  • Fascia boards
  • Paint work

Roof cavity (interior)

Your inspection will include:

  • Roof framing: Rafters, under purlins and struts
  • Ceiling joists
  • Sarking
  • Insulation Service installation damage

Sub-floor areas

Below the floor is an area that many people forget about, but can hide many problems, from timber pests to slow leaks.

Your inspection will include:

  • Timber flooring
  • Suspended slabs
  • Stumps, where access is possible
  • Ant cap condition
  • Ventilation, dampness, and drainage
  • Condition of services to the house

The property itself

The property itself, with its landscaping and out-buildings, can affect the integrity of your house, and the value of the property.

If the property doesn’t drain the right way it can make the slab that forms the building’s foundation damp. That dampness soaks into the footings. From there it can damage floorboards and wall framing, and turn into rising damp.

Your inspection will include:

  • Garages, sheds and out-buildings
  • Retaining walls above 0.7 m Steps, paths and driveways
  • Fencing Surface drainage
  • Rain water tanks and retention systems
  • Pools