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How to Protect Yourself Against Unwanted Repairs

May 6, 2018
By Adam
Posted in Pre-Purchase Property Inspections
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How to Protect Yourself Against Unwanted Repairs

Protect  Your Investment With A Building Inspection


Australian Consumer Protection Law states that it only covers purchases of up to $40,000. So what happens when you buy a property? How are you meant to protect your investment? After all, purchasing a home is one of the most significant investments you’re sure to make.

A smart buyer will understand that ensuring they are fully aware of the condition of any property they are about to sign for is paramount when it comes to protecting themselves against unwanted and costly repairs. A Building Inspection is the best way to prevent yourself from buying a property that is full of hidden damages, saving you thousands in the long run.

At Detail Building Inspections, we specialise in providing quality building and pest inspections for all Adelaide homes. Our professional team will thoroughly inspect the property for potential defects and provide you with a detailed inspection report, complete with photographic evidence within 24 hours. Investing in a building inspection will provide you with the knowledge enabling  you to make an educated buying decision, which can potentially save you thousands of dollars further down the track.


What Are The Benefits of  Property Inspections?

As buildings age, it’s natural for them to develop issues as time passes. However, not all defects are visible to an untrained eye. Our building inspections team are made up of fully qualified construction industry experts. Each has extensive knowledge in all areas of property builds, ensuring that you are receiving a thorough and comprehensive inspection report.

We’ve listed a few defects that could be identified in your Adelaide Building Inspections that will save you against costly repairs:


Interior and Exterior Cracking

Cracking in a home can occur anywhere including within the building’s exterior, foundation, and interior and exterior walls. The primary cause of this is due to the shoddy workmanship, low-quality materials or the foundation settlement over time.

It is essential to keep in mind that some cracks are considered to minor and can be fixed with simple repairs, so it’s not worth entirely writing off a potential property if this is the case. However, cracks that are more substantial indicates damage within the home that can lead the collapse of interior walls, ceilings, roofing and flooring. At Detail Building Inspections, our highly experienced inspection team will be able to successfully identify anything that will indicate structural issues saving you unnecessary headaches and costly repairs in the future.


Rising Damp

Dependant on the suburb, a significant amount of Adelaide suburbs is that of an older build. More often than not, these homes were not contrasted with a damp salt course within their foundation. Without such protection, the home is exposed to moisture from the ground rising up and into the home’s walls and foundations. Over time, this results in humidity build up in the home’s masonry and plaster. A building inspection will help you identify these issues.

Salts are then deposited as the water evaporates. This causes the salt to build up and in turn, creates a vicious cycle of more moisture which will eventually lead to the development of mould.

Signs of peeling paint, staining on the ceiling or roof as well as mould developing on bricks are all tell-tale signs of a rising salt problem. If left unattended, this damage causes building materials to become weakened, develop a breeding ground for unwanted pests such as termites and can lead to substantial structural damages.

Using thermal imaging camera, mould detectors and other specialist tools, our team of industry experts will be able to identify the presence of rising damp in any property you may be interested in. And with the average cost of significant salt damp damage repairs costing up to thousands of dollars, investing in a professional building inspection before signing on the dotted line ensures you and your investment is somewhat protected.  


Outdated Home Wiring

With today’s technology constantly improving and requiring a higher supply of energy, outdated wiring can prove to be impractical and inconvenient as well as presenting itself as a potential fire hazard.

Aspects of your property’s environment such as excessive dust, hot conditions and salt water can all be contributing factors to your home’s wiring lifespan.  

Many of Adelaide’s older homes have dated breaker boxes that hold poor connections and because of this they may not work sufficiently, and with technology forever evolving and modern families quickly adapting to these changes, the greater demand for electricity on the circuits creates heat, which can result in a detrimental home fire.

The cost to rewire a home can cost thousands, and chances are if you’ve just purchased a new property you don’t have the cash flow to accommodate such an expensive defect. When you choose to invest in a Detail Building Inspections property inspection, our team of expert inspectors will outline any wiring issues that are present in a property along with a list of trusted electrical trades should you choose to move forward with repairs. Investing in a building inspection before you buy, can potentially save you having to fork out for unwanted repairs early on.


Pests Infestations

Any building inspector will tell you that a home that has been affected by a termite infestation will not only leave you with substantial structural issues, it will also leave a pretty significant hole in your back pocket.

With termites being responsible for more home damages than that caused by natural disasters, pest infestations are not something to be brushed over. At Detail Building Inspections, our inspectors are specially trained in completing home pest inspections for all Adelaide properties.  

While termite damages may not seem to be visible straight away, our inspectors are highly trained and accompanied by the latest technology to help identify even the smallest of infestations.

Termites begin chewing through the wood from the inside out, affecting roofing timber, doors, joints and wall timber, leaving you with a fragile property that is severely structurally compromised.


Call the Adelaide Building Inspection Professionals Today!

If you’re looking to purchase a new property, be sure to protect yourself against unwanted and costly repairs and give the Detail Building Inspections Team a call today! Our building Inspections will provide you with all the necessary knowledge to make a smart investment you are confident about. Call or book online today!


Defects found upon inspection that need addressing immediately
Safety hazards that require urgent attention
Major defects that require professional help due to extensive damage
Superficial defects that are classed as normal maintenance
Anything we feel is need for concern
Most Common Defects :
Dampness Issues
Termite Infestation
Fire Hazards
Poor External Surface Drainage
Damaged Roof Sheets Or Tiles
Safety Switches
Leaking Showers & Baths
Smoke Detectors
Major & Minor Wall Cracks
Subsiding Foundations
Defective Gutters
Decayed Boundary Fences
Tree Root Damage
Safety & Electrical Hazards
Bouncy & Uneven Floors
Leaking Hot Water Units
Non Compliant Downlight’s
Active Water Leaks
Salt Damp
Brick & Mortar Deterioration
Subfloor Ventilation
Damp Proof Course

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Whether you’re a property buyer looking for a pre-purchase building inspection, a seller looking to cover all the bases, someone with a building project or an owner builder, Detail Building Inspections Adelaide is your local building inspection company.

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