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Pre Purchase Building Inspections

For most people, buying a home is the biggest single investment they will ever make.  A pre-purchase inspection report is a relatively small investment that will give the home buyer peace of mind in the knowledge that they have bought a home that has been thoroughly checked over by a qualified building professional.

Mike Westcott is an Accredited Building Surveyor.  Building Surveyors have a statutory responsibility to inspect the work of builders at critical stages of the construction of a building.  They are  trained to inspect and are your best choice when it comes to having the biggest single investment of your life inspected thoroughly for defects.  Often other inspectors are  trained as builders or architects first but have no formal building inspection training.

Over 24 years of inspection experience enables Mike to identify building defects and building work that does not meet the requirements of the Building Code of Australia or referenced Australian Standards.

A professional building inspection can save you money

An inspection will highlight defects and existing or potential problems in the building before you are committed to buying it. This information can enable the buyer to either budget for necessary repairs or negotiate a reduced purchase price.

We carry out 100% independent pre-purchase inspections for Hobart, East Coast and Southern Tasmania. We are not connected to any real estate agency and pride ourselves in undertaking professional inspections and providing comprehensive reports to enable our clients to make informed decisions about the property they wish to purchase. We use advanced technical inspection tools, including a thermal imaging camera, video bore scope and a moisture detection meter.

Comprehensive Inspections

Hobart Building Assessment Services provides home buyers with comprehensive and timely pre-purchase inspections and written reports.

  • Pre-purchase inspections are carried out and reports written in conjunction with Australian Standard AS 4349.1 – 2007, Inspection of buildings – Part 1: Pre-purchase inspections – Residential buildings.
  • Our reports are emailed within 24 hours of the inspection and we generally only need 24 hours notice to make the booking.
  • The inspection provides crucial information in relation to the condition of the building, surrounding outbuildings, garage, garden shed, fences, retaining walls and pool. Any defects are identified and assessed for their possible effect on the integrity of the building and surroundings.
  • We have full professional indemnity insurance and are qualified building professionals.
  • We welcome any questions you may have in relation to your pre purchase building inspection report.

The following items are checked during the inspection:

  • Taps
  • Hot water
  • Plumbing fixture wastes
  • Wet areas including presence of moisture, tiling, grout & sealants
  • Glazing
  • Ventilation
  • Smoke alarms
  • Insulation, including thermal imaging of inaccessible areas
  • Framing – roof and sub floor
  • Damp proofing
  • Roofing
  • Gutters
  • Downpipes
  • Ground and surface water drainage
  • Retaining walls
  • Paving, paths & driveway
  • Electrical
  • Potential health risks (eg: condensation, mould)
  • Pools
  • Safety fencing and barriers
  • Flashings, windows, doors and lintels
  • Foundations, piers, bearers, joists and floor materials
  • Sub floor space, including ventilation
  • Basement – water proofing, tanking and dampness
  • Disabled access provisions
  • Stairs, ramps, slope ratio, going, rise, barriers, rails and balustrades
  • Water tanks and pumps
  • Roof – fixing, spring heads, screws, rivets, sealants, flashing, falls and condition
  • Fire separation and party walls
  • On-site wastewater disposal system (in unsewered areas)

Our pre-purchase property inspections exceed current Australian Standard AS 4349.1 – 2007, “Inspection of buildings – Part 1: Pre-purchase inspections – Residential buildings.”

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