Lower the risks with a comprehensive home and property inspection

One of the most important things you will need to do before you buy a property is to have it meticulously inspected from top to bottom. The saying, ‘better to be safe than sorry’ has never been more relevant than in the real estate market. People buy homes on the assumption that they’re in perfect condition, only to later discover the many problems that end up costing hundreds upon thousands of dollars to fix.

A common mistake most people make when buying property in Melbourne is that they think with their hearts – if the location, appearance, and price is right, people are quick to sign on the dotted line. However, they don’t see the bigger picture – a pre-purchase inspection can help you make a logical decision by reporting on the condition of the property.

Why you need an exterior building inspection before you buy in Melbourne

Unfortunately, there are dodgy real estate agents who will try to convince you that the property you are looking at is in perfect condition, when it is anything but. A building inspection can assess a range of exterior elements, such as:

  • Swimming pools are examined for cracks and leaks
  • Checking siding, trims, gutters, chimneys and decks
  • Garage, carports, and garden sheds
  • Doors, windows, and fences
  • Exterior steps
  • Paths and driveways
  • Structural cracking in brickwork
  • Rusting roof or beams

Building Masters Inspections has saved owners and investors millions of dollars by avoiding buying buildings and homes in Melbourne with hidden structural issues and other major concerns. We also provide a FREE pest inspection

Get better informed about the property you’re thinking of buying and call Building Masters Inspections today on 1300 780 931.

It pays to know about the true condition of a prospective property

Whether you are buying a property for commercial or residential purposes, you need to get a pre-purchase inspection to assess the interiors. You can’t just take the real estate agent’s word that the property you’re buying is in perfect condition, nor trust your own eyes.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is buying a property without getting it inspected first. Especially if you become emotionally attached to a home or commercial building; it may cloud a logical decision about the true state that it may be in. For the sake of your wallet and peace of mind, organise a pre-purchase home inspection or building assessment.

Why you need to have a pre-purchase inspection for your home in Melbourne

Your untrained eyes will hover over important potential problems, which is why you need a thorough and professional home inspection from the experts at Building Masters Inspections. With decades of experience assessing homes and offices in Melbourne, we know what we need to look for when it comes to an examination of your property.

We assess everything in the home, from top to bottom:

  • Inspection of the home’s foundation
  • ‘Rising damp’ and other water damage
  • Internal structure of the building
  • Whether any recent work has been done to hide a serious structural building problem
  • Any existing conditions which may later develop into a big structural issue
  • Close examination of ceilings, floors, and walls of every room
  • Plumbing and drainage
  • And much more!

Building Masters Inspections will even include a FREE pest inspection on and inside your property, which also involves the possible presence of toxic materials.

When you need a reliable and detailed pre-purchase home inspection in Melbourne, don’t do it yourself. Turn to Building Masters Inspections and call us today on 0144 597 595. Lower the risk and know what your building is worth.

In this video, Building Masters Inspections offers advice on how to check for plant growth on chimneys and around brick work. Plant roots can destroy concrete and lead to building deterioration, which is something you want to avoid. Perform a DIY building inspection and check for roots around brickwork after you watch this video.

In this video, veteran builder, Mike Heathcote highlights some asbestos roof lining and how much it will cost to repair and remove dangerous asbestos trim around your home and property in Melbourne. Don’t risk your health – learn the devastating effects of this material and rid your property of it with Building Master Inspections.

A brief history of asbestos

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring mineral fibres that gained popularity in a wide range of applications due to its flexibility, durability, cost-effectiveness, chemical inertness and insulating properties. These materials were most popular in Australia from the end of World War 2 right up to the 1980s, before eventually being banned in 2003. The reason? Asbestos was discovered to be highly toxic: because the fibres are so small, they cause serious damage when inhaled into the lungs and can lead to several deadly diseases.

It took some time to ban asbestos due to how slowly these diseases develop – in fact, people can begin experiencing symptoms 20, 30 or even 40 years after exposure. Today, it’s estimated that one in three homes contain asbestos products in some form. If your home was built before 1990, the chances of asbestos being present increase dramatically.

Those most at risk are those who had prolonged exposure to asbestos as part of construction during this period, in addition to those involved in the demolition of any of these structures. However, it’s still important to be aware of the dangers of these toxic materials, even if you aren’t in a high-risk group.

Where in the home can it be found?

Unfortunately, the use of asbestos was so widespread that it is still present in many different areas. Here are some, but not all, of the contexts in which asbestos may be found:

  • Roof lining
  • Fibro cement
  • Insulation
  • Roofing materials
  • Paint
  • Fireproofing
  • Floor covering
  • Chimney flues
  • Garages and carports
  • Garden sheds

Identifying asbestos

The only way to be 100% certain of the presence of asbestos is by testing the material in a laboratory. However, a asbestos inspection can help identify the likelihood of it being an issue in a particular home by assessing a variety of factors.

Contact Building Masters Inspections today to find out more about asbestos in construction and what you can do to ensure the safety of you and your family. You can also watch the video above for more information on what asbestos looks like and where it may be found. 

This short video from Building Master Inspections explains how gutters that are blocked or clogged can lead to much bigger structural issues, such as damage to the fascia, brick, paint, and wear-and-tear of a building. It is amazing how a building inspector can save a house from deterioration – don’t neglect your gutters. Watch this video to see why it is essential to repair your gutters.

This short video from Building Masters Inspections explains how to check the drainage of your property to protect against water damage. If your drains are blocked, cracked or broken, or your sewers are causing you serious structural problems, watching this short video can save your home or commercial building

This short video will show you examples of how damp earth and bad drainage can cause structural damage around the home. It is imperative that you have your property inspected prior to purchase as unwanted moisture enables the growth of various fungi in wood, which can cause rot or mould. Airborne concentrations can become serious health issues. This is why home building inspections are a must.

This video will show you how damp earth and bad drainage can cause structural damage in a dwelling. Often the damage can go unnoticed, causing rotting of floorboards and timber stumping, as you will see when you watch this video. Structural building inspections are a must for larger homes in Melbourne.

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Hi Mike,

Thanks for your help yesterday. If it wasn’t for you we would have been saddled with a lemon. We have exercised our right to withdraw in the cooling off period and barring any other tricks we have hopefully managed to save thousands of dollars. We feel like we’ve learned a bunch and will most definitely be using your services again in the future (and telling all our friends!).

Thank you very much,


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