The primary purpose of a building inspector is to check if there are any signs of defects and issues with the property. Whether it is visible or hidden, internal or external, already happened or potentially will happen in the future.
Years of experience inspecting houses in Adelaide enables our building inspectors at Select Building Inspection to know precisely what to examine when it comes to building defects and problems.
So, here are some of the things they will check during their visit:
- 1 Roof space and roof exterior
- 2 Roof leaking or damaged roof plumbing
- 3 Damaged roof sheets or tiles
- 4 Roof frame
- 5 Interior and exterior of your home
- 6 Internal and external walls
- 7 Internal and external doors, windows, and frames
- 8 Cabinets
- 9 Underfloor, if accessible
- 10 Damp and leak problems
- 11 Salt damp
- 12 Damp Proof Course (DPC)
- 13 Active water leaks
- 14 Leaking shower or baths/wet areas
- 15 Gutter and downpipes
- 16 Retaining walls
- 17 Building safety
- 18 Potential safety hazards
- 19 Building defects not of a structural nature
Roof space and roof exterior
Roof leaking or damaged roof plumbing
The building inspector will perform a roof inspection to see if there are any problems. Water, one of the most damaging natural things for your property, should be attended to as soon as possible to prevent leaks into the property. Even though roof plumbing is designed to prevent roofs from leaking, without regular maintenance, it may allow water to enter the roof cavity.
Damaged roof sheets or tiles
Interior and exterior of your home
Internal and external walls
Internal and external doors, windows, and frames
The building inspector will check your doors, windows, and frames. It is necessary because the damage on those parts can be an indicator that your house is struggling with more serious damage. For example, drafty windows and doors could be the result of foundation settlement or sinking.
Underfloor, if accessible
An underfloor inspection is much more than merely visual checking whether the space is dry and well ventilated or not. It also includes a structural examination to find any defects or other significant problems. The underfloor inspection report will cover the current condition of several key areas such as stumps, decay or rot, cracks and settlement, and lateral movement.
Damp and leak problems
The building inspector will check whether your home has a salt damp issue or not. Although rising salt damp often affects houses in Adelaide, it is a complex case to deal with. It is easily misunderstood and mistreated by regular homeowners. Therefore, you should always rely on an experienced building inspector’s review than taking gratuitous action.
Damp Proof Course (DPC)
The building inspector will check if a damp-proof course has been installed. If a damp-proof course has not been installed this can lead to moisture rising to the walls.
Active water leaks
Leaking shower or baths/wet areas
Excess moisture in the shower can be a major issue. This may be related to the shower recess/plumbing in wall cavity leaking or failed waterproofing membrane to the wet area.
Gutter and downpipes
Potential safety hazards
Building defects not of a structural nature
Non-structural building defects are hardly examined and will cost a lot if not immediately treated. Non-structural defects include defects in brickwork, defects in plaster works, and old structures. The building inspector will check signs of non-structural defects and report back if there is any.
Select Building Inspection is here to provide professional building inspectors services to conduct a comprehensive assessment of your property. Call us on 0475 555 039 to schedule a comprehensive consultation with our experts.