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How Pests Affect Your Building Foundation

September 1, 2019 Pest inspection services

The termite is the number one culprit when it comes to foundation damage. Despite their minuscule size, termites can destroy timber floors and walls and weaken the structural integrity of your building. If you have an infestation, it is imperative that you get rid of termites right away. What are termites? The size of a […]

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Dangerous Defects that an Inexperienced Building Inspector Might Miss

August 1, 2019 Building inspection

Most people get a home or building inspection to have complete peace of mind. As a landlord or building manager, you don’t want your tenants complaining or getting injured because of major or minor building defects. You also don’t want to pay thousands of dollars more in repair and maintenance in the future. However, not […]

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How Does Smoke Damage Affect a Building

Smoke damage from a fire can be devastating to houses and other buildings. It can render your property unusable for an extended period or even cause injury and death. Smoke damage clean-up is time-sensitive. This is why restoration companies often work round-the-clock. Soot and water can leave irreparable damage if they are not cleared immediately. […]

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DIY Checks before Bringing in Professional Building Inspectors

Inspecting a property or building before you decide on buying it is essential. You are likely to need a professional building inspection company to assess any potential property purchase. However, there are some things you can check and inspect the property yourself before bringing in these professionals. If you have family members or friends who […]

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Red Flags on Inspection Report: Should I Still Purchase the Property?

May 16, 2019 Building inspection

Finding the perfect property to purchase is quite tricky. In one way or another, you may find a defect or aspect that does not meet your standards. In some cases, you may find a red flag on a property which you may really like. Red flags are called such for a reason. These warning signs […]

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Most Common Materials that Use Asbestos

April 30, 2019 Asbestos inspection

Property investment is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll ever make, and it’s not only because there’s hard-earned money involved. Though often overlooked by buyers and lessees, a property can affect your health and wellness too. From the type of materials used to the quality of construction, the property you select will impact your […]

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How to Detect Water Damage

March 21, 2019 Building inspection

Your properties should always be in excellent condition. Buildings, including houses, need regular checking and inspection. Defects can pose a major risk to your property’s safety. Ultimately, they can be a source of accidents which can happen anytime. It is, therefore, critical to watch out for signs that something may be amiss, including water damage. […]

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6 Building Faults to Watch Out: Guide for Property Investors

February 17, 2019 Building faults

Real estate is one of most sought-after modes of investment nowadays and for good reason. Although this type of investment takes time and requires a deep understanding of the property market, investing in properties provides high capital growth and income security over time. The property market is even more interesting when you live in Australia. According […]

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Summer is the Perfect Time for a Termite Inspection

January 28, 2019 Termite inspection

Termites are incredibly persistent in destroying whatever wooden structure they infest, especially during summer. Just like the rest of the insect family, termites work hard to do what they must to survive in the sizzling climate. This, of course, is a huge nuisance to the home’s human inhabitants. Still not convinced that it’s high time to consider […]

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Is an Eco Home Harder to Inspect?

December 1, 2018 Building inspection

Eco homes are now becoming more and more popular, especially with the pressing environmental problems our planet is facing. Everyone has a desire to contribute in saving the environment and minimising their carbon footprint. But let us face it – being a consistently eco-friendly person on a daily basis is not a walk in the […]

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Safety Checklist for Pool Owners in NSW

November 29, 2018 Pool inspection

In NSW, an average of 11 children under five drown every year. A further 62 children are admitted for hospitalisation due to near drowning. If you are a resident of NSW and you own a backyard swimming pool, here is a safety checklist to visit and revisit throughout the year to ensure all family members are safe […]

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What is there to Inspect in Pools and Spas?

October 8, 2018 Pool inspection

Properties with pools and spas in Australia are subject to regular inspections. Their owners, in fact, are mandated to register their pools and spas, and keep these areas up to the standard or face the consequences of non-compliance. The NSW Government established the Swimming Pools Act 1992 to work alongside the Australian Standard and the Home […]

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Looking Out for Houses That Had a Face Lift

September 29, 2018 House Inspection

There are property buyers who are short on time or money to spend on property maintenance. Buyers like this tend to gravitate towards buying a house that recently had a face lift – a makeover. They prefer to buy a property that has a short to-do list and features all-new fittings and fixtures. Are you […]

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What is Included in a Property Inspection Report?

August 15, 2018 Property inspection

Do you need a property inspection report from your trusted building inspector? If you are planning to buy or rent a new property, obtaining a Property Inspection Report is important. This report is a written account of a property’s condition that is crucial when deciding to purchase a property. The Property Inspection Report should make […]

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5 Things Buyers Should Know About Pre-Purchase Home Inspection

July 28, 2018 Home buying tips

While home inspections are optional, home buyers should consider getting one done before signing any contract. This will prevent surprises and costly repairs in the future. 5 things you should know about pre-purchase home inspections if you are a buyer 1) What is a pre-purchase home inspection report? A pre-purchase home inspection report is a […]

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Ways an Independent Inspector Can Help You with Your Legal Battle

June 24, 2018 Legal issues

The number of claims being made against home builders has grown. More of us prefer to do home improvements instead of moving to a new home. Since money is usually paid up front, homeowners find themselves in a tough situation when a problem arises. Unfortunately, shabby work is often not noticed immediately and will only […]

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Pros and Cons of Building Inspection for Home Sellers

As a home seller, should you consider getting a building inspection? Building inspections are essential for home buyers to check the condition of a property before making an investment. In some cases, a detailed home inspector report is required to secure a mortgage. But what about home sellers? Is a home inspection necessary when selling […]

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10 ways you can prepare your home for an inspection

April 12, 2018 Home Inspection

Selling your home may mean that you will need a home inspector to take a look at your home as part of the selling process, or the buyer may request a home inspection for their own peace of mind. Buying a home is a large investment after all. By having a home inspector come around […]

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Building Inspectors as Expert Witnesses

March 11, 2018 Building Inspection Tips

An expert witness is someone with masterful knowledge in a particular area who is called to testify during litigation before the court, and in particular, can give a professional opinion and conclusion. This is different from a fact witness, who can only give facts during litigation, and also different from being a consultant, who advises […]

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The Truth About Timber Pests and Damage

February 12, 2018 Building defects, Pest Inspections

Timber pests are a group of insects that particularly damage timber. Quite common in Australia, they clandestinely destroy homes and buildings. When you have timber pests in your home or building, it is a certainty that damage will result. Termites are the most common timber pests. They survive in wood, especially in buildings, because of […]

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Dealing with and Resolving Building Disputes

January 11, 2018 Building Disputes

There are many things that can go wrong when planning and executing a building project. Inevitably, one of these problems is disputes. This includes issues like bad contracts, unsatisfactory work, neglect, and delays. There are ways in which you can avoid disputes with your builder, such as choosing professional and trusted building practitioners and communicating […]

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Common Defects Found in a Building through Inspections

December 10, 2017 Building defects

Structural problems and leakages are sometimes only noticed during building inspections. Without a building inspection, these defects can be overlooked and unattended. As time goes on, these small problems can become worse, leading to compromised integrity and eventual structural failure. As time passes, these problems become more expensive to repair. It’s important to get your […]

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How Long Do Inspections Last?

November 9, 2017 Building Inspection Tips

A building inspection is conducted by a building inspector to see if a structure is free from defects and is safe to be occupied. A building inspector provides a report on the physical condition of a building. This report is useful for evaluating if a structure is in good condition or if it needs repairs. […]

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Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

October 9, 2017 Home Inspection

You have decided to buy a home by yourself or with a significant other. You have fantasised about it for a while. So, you already know which curtains will match that lovely carpet you saw yesterday in a small shop, and which area of the city best suits your needs. But when your wallet finally […]

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Does an Apartment Condo Need an Inspection?

September 3, 2017 Uncategorised

Without a doubt, a property is a big investment that impacts your entire life. Whether buying the apartment or simply renting the condominium, you are spending your hard-earned money on a place to live. Your home is more than simply a place to sleep and store your belongings. It is your sanctuary, the place where […]

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Rental Property Inspections: 5 Kinds and Why They Are Important

August 2, 2017 Property inspector

Hiring a Property Inspector for Rental Property Inspection Renting out a property can become a great second income while utilising your property investment at the same time. However, are you doing everything necessary to ensure the stability of your investment? How often do you inspect the property you are leasing? Not often enough? Inspecting your […]

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Why Should I Hire a Home Inspector?

July 1, 2017 Property inspector

The areas of a home checked by a home inspector A home is one of the biggest investments you will even make, so you want to make an informed decision when buying. The last thing you want is to purchase a property only to find out six months later that you have severe water damage […]

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Timber pest inspections and reports

June 1, 2017 Pest Inspections

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection shall include a non – invasive inspection to detect timber pests and damage. Timber pests to be identified in this inspection include the following: Subterranean Termites Borers Wood Decay Fungi. The purpose of the timber pest inspection is to determine if: Timber pests are active at the property. If Timber […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

Performing a pre-purchase building inspection may be a bit inconvenient for those who are eager to buy a new home. But trust us when we say that you’ll be thankful in the future for all the hassle. Checking the condition of the property beforehand will help you prevent problems and avoid additional expenses down the […]

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Identifying Major and Minor Defects

A building inspection helps to ensure your physical safety, peace of mind, and legal protection as the future owner of a building. Employing a building inspector is highly recommended for any building purchase to make sure you get value for money. If you are looking to make an investment in property then a building inspection […]

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What to Expect From a Professional Roof Inspection

March 30, 2017 Roof inspection

The roof is one of the most vital parts of a building as it protects not just the structure itself but the contents and occupants as well. The life and value of your home or commercial space could depend on the condition of the roof. Poorly maintained roofs can have negative consequences for the whole […]

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Identifying Metal Defects in Your Building

February 15, 2017 Defects inspection

Metals are widely used materials in buildings and construction. Thanks to their unique intrinsic properties they are often the preferred choice for roofing, heating systems, windows, cladding, and other structures and reinforcements in buildings. From old and historical buildings to new and modern architecture, the integrity of buildings relies on metals. However, not all of […]

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Why Check for Meth Contamination in Rental Properties?

January 15, 2017 Property inspection

The use of methamphetamine, more popularly referred to as ‘meth’ or ‘ice’, is on the rise in Australia. Based on the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 7% of the population (equivalent to around 1.3 million Australians) have used meth in the past 12 months. Given this, meth contamination in rental properties may be inevitable […]

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