Pre Purchase Defects

Common defects in Pre- Purchase Building Inspections

  • Roof space: Connection plates pulling out of wood member.
  • Roof space: Wood truss web members were noticeably buckling due to being over stressed.
  • Diagonal cracks: Large diagonal cracks with more than 3 mm. Diagonal cracking is almost always structurally related. Diagonal cracking is a crack that tears through the material, not a step crack that follows the mortar joints.
  • Leaks in waterpipes; Active plumbing leaks. Mostly seen with thermal imaging. No visible defect.
  • Moisture: Almost every second building show moisture in walls and bathroom floors. New and older homes! These conditions have mostly been caused by damaged and/or deteriorated tiles and/or grout or a leaky pipe.
  • Bad Electrical System: Many older homes have electrical systems which are out-of-date or not up to the current codes. Many such common problems include ungrounded outlets, aluminium wiring, and much more. These are all common yet potentially very hazardous and need to be fixed when purchasing a home.
  • Roof damage: Cracked tiles, incorrectly installed flashings, etc.
  • Termite Damage and Dry Rot: This damage is hidden and may not be found until one day, a part of your home falls apart or collapses, then starts the investigation as to how serious the damage is and how costly it could be.
  • Plumbing Problems: Plumbing problems are often common in older homes and they must be taken care of to make sure more damage takes place. It may involve simple leak or as much as replacing the full plumbing.
  • Poor Drainage/Foundation Water Damage: Moisture can cause damage to a home's foundation and structure. If poor drainage is found or there has been damage to the foundation, it can often be corrected by simply regarding the ground outside the foundation wall or adding on a roof drainage system to the home. However, in some instances, further remedies such as a major re-landscaping or ripping out and replacing damage done by the moisture may be the only solution.

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Roof timber is eaten away by termites
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Thermal Imaging: Termite activity was hidden below carpet and ceiling linings. Not visible with the naked eye. You can click through those pictures.
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Hand Over Inspection. The steel beam has been compromised. The rafter has inadequate support and this is a structural defect!
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Over cut ceiling joists. The ceiling joists may collapse if someone walks over it.
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The rusted fixings of the metal roof require replacment as they are rusted and its just a matter of time and they will be ineffective.
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