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.
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:
Plumbing fixture wastes
Wet areas including presence of moisture, tiling, grout & sealants
Insulation, including thermal imaging of inaccessible areas
Framing – roof and sub floor
Ground and surface water drainage
Paving, paths & driveway
Potential health risks (eg: condensation, mould)
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.”