Buying a home can be a very exciting time for families. Understanding the condition of the home you are buying by having a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection completed by an experienced Registered Builder is the best place to start.
Although not a requirement of the Australian Standard for Pre-Purchase Residential Building Inspections, your Pre-Purchase Building Report may list some Minor Defects that are common to most properties.
These may include:
- Appearance cracking to internal and external walls
- Appearance cracking to ceiling cornice
- Minor blemishes
- Corrosion (rust)
- General Deterioration
- And physical damage to materials and finishes such as de-silvering of mirrors.
Ordinarily, these items would be rectified as part of normal ongoing property maintenance.
Types of Property Maintenance
Ongoing property maintenance is repair or preventative works completed as required to maintain aesthetics and serviceability. For example, repairs to glazing putty on timber windows, treating surface rust to steel lintels and oiling a timber deck for protection against the elements.
There are other types of maintenance: Scheduled and Seasonal.
Scheduled property maintenance may include replacing smoke alarm batteries, pushing the “test” button on the RCD or an annual Termite Inspection.
While Seasonal property maintenance could include things like checking the roof exterior for cracked roof tiles and clearing gutters and downpipes before winter sets in.
To maintain a home, it is essential all forms of maintenance – ongoing, scheduled, and seasonal are carried out as required.
Building Maintenance Report
If you need a hand to establish an appropriate maintenance regime for your property, the Home Integrity Building Maintenance Report is perfect.
The Building Maintenance Report includes an inspection of an extensive list of both structural and non-structural building elements to your home and around the property.
The report also includes a budget estimate and prioritisation of when items should be actioned.
I liked Jeremy’s attention to detail. He not only picked up the critical items but went to a lot of effort to identify areas where I could do simple maintenance to avoid major issues in the future. The team was very helpful to me and backed the report up by answering all the questions I had on the items they identified. They also organised all the access requirements with the agent for me. Christopher, Maylands