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High Rise Unit Inspections

Many people mistakenly believe that Pre-Purchase Building Inspections of units are of little value especially when they are new. 

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Why Pre-Purchase Building Inspections are essential when buying a unit

Understandably, an inspection of a unit can be completed in a significantly shorter time than a house; however, it’s still critical to know exactly what you’re buying and more importantly, that there are no hidden expensive surprises. ABIS inspections of high rise units when combined with a Body Corporate Search Report from a specialist body corporate records search company. These reports in combination will identify those issues that can represent significant future costs. As a unit owner, you’ll also be jointly responsible for the common property as well as being individually responsible for the interior of your unit.

A Common Misunderstanding – Your Two Responsibilities

When you purchase a high rise strata title unit, you take on two areas of responsibility:

  1. The interior of your unit (which you typically take sole responsibility) and,
  2. Joint responsibility for the common property (together with the other owners of the complex).

The common property does not only include the Common Areas and grounds but also the exterior walls and windows. The entity that looks after the common property is referred to as the Body Corporate which is managed by a committee elected by the owners to represent their interests in relation to the care and maintenance of the building. Most importantly, the Body Corporate is you and your fellow owners, not any isolated external or government body.

The Body Corporate Committee usually employs a Body Corporate Management Company to assist them in fulfilling their duties. Larger buildings often have an onsite manager or entity that has acquired the Management Rights to the building. Typically, this person or entity acquiring the Management Rights will have bought a right from the developer of the building in exchange for a contracted right to undertake various functions for the Body Corporate. It will be for a contracted annual sum for the duration of the right.

We strongly encourage you to discuss these matters with your solicitor to ensure that you understand your rights and most importantly, your obligations in relation to Strata-Title Unit ownership. It is a smart investment to have both ABIS Building Inspection and a Body Corporate or Strata Search.

ABIS comprehensive Building Inspection Report covers the unit’s interior and immediate exterior(where readily accessible). This should be read in conjunction with a report from a search of body corporate records (usually organised through your solicitor) to uncover any potential liabilities identified to date by the Body Corporate.


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ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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