The whole process involves hundreds of observations which must be recorded in a standardised format in regulations with the Australian Standards. It may appear that the comprehensive report you get is a bit lengthy, but it is necessary to convey to you a lot of information about the inspection itself and the property inspected.
These hazards can be separated into two main types: (i) Hazards to occupants and (ii) Hazards to tradespeople and others who enter the roof void.
For first time home-buyers, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the whole experience of purchasing a property.
ABIS has listed out 8 steps that could assist you greatly in your journey to be a home-owner in Brisbane, Queensland.
While most building and pest reports will outline a list of minor faults and defects, what are some of the big issues that should set your alarm bells ringing?
From the 1st of July 2017, travel expenses relating to a residential investment property will not be deductible, that being any property investment that hosts a place for residents to reside in.
The coming year will be a big for the residential property market in Brisbane and across Australia, with many professional forecasts and expert opinions leaning towards only a small increase in the Brisbane property market while Sydney and Melbourne will see a slight decrease.
Below are 4 reasons why you should be looking for a new place to call home this holiday season:
For the majority of Australians, the most expensive purchase we make in our life is our home - and you don’t want to take the risk of opting for an unqualified building inspector just to save some money.
Unfortunately, only one state in Australia requires a pre-purchase building inspector to be licensed and that is Queensland, which means in other states literally anybody without relevant license or qualifications can claim to be a building inspector.
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Top 10 Time-Tested Building Defects
There are many forms of extreme weather conditions that are caused by various circumstances and happen every year across the world. More specifically, Queensland has seen its fair share of weather disasters in the past few years and more often than not, they have come sporadically and left a path of destruction behind.
Before the storm and rain season begins, building inspection covering both outside and inside the home should be a priority. The potential of roof or gutter deteriorating due to storm or rain is not something you should ever take lightly. Throughout rain or storm season, your house is continually at the clemency of powerful winds and rain.
The recent spate of severe storms in Brisbane drives home the importance of keeping a home well sealed and dry. Moisture in the form of leaks and water ingress and more seriously, flooding will cause mould, decay and damage to a property. Coupled with warm temperatures and humidity, this may, in turn, encourage termites which can do further significant damage.
As a buyer, you need to be vigilant for signs of moisture, ask yourself the following:
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The sight of cracking can put fear into a buyer's heart. Yet most properties will exhibit cracking at some point in their lives as materials age and settle to accommodate changes in the building's environment, especially if the builder has not allowed for this by installing expansion or control joints. Often cracking is inconsequential, affecting only the appearance of the building and if static, can be simply repaired. However, cracking can also be a serious distress signal that the building's serviceability or even stability may be under threat.
Most of us will purchase our home upon the condition of a satisfactory property inspection report. Engaging a qualified professional to inspect what will probably be the biggest purchase we will ever make in our lives is strongly advisable. However, while the focus tends to be on the building inspection component, often another key inspection tends to be downplayed or even overlooked.
Living in Queensland is beautiful one day, paradise the next. But there is a down side to all the high humidity and rainfall of tropical Queensland with its regular flooding and that's water damage to our homes. Water may look benign but apart from structural defects, water is one of the major concerns of a building inspector, especially if water issues continue unaddressed within the home. Water itself can lead to substantial structural problems.