Building, Stage & Structural Inspections
For many homes, the structural inspection is the deciding factor on a purchase. When you get a pre-purchase inspection and know the structure of the building beneath the surface you can either buy knowingly or avoid a costly mistake. Over the years, we estimate saving owners and investors alike, over $10 million by avoiding ‘shonky’ buildings or hidden structural issues rendering buildings worthless.
Inspections to suit any property in Melbourne
Contact us today on 1300 033 332 or fill out our online form to ensure your dream home won’t turn into a nightmare. For peace of mind, get in touch if you’d like to perform a thorough asbestos check or a home inspection.
A building’s structure is key to its ability to age well, support renovations, and most importantly avoid significant repair costs.
When Building Masters inspects your property we carry out a full structural inspection of the building with you, we inspect the buildings foundations and the surrounding terrain to ensure you are buying a house that is built on solid foundations, is structurally sound and will not deteriorate due to use of cheap building materials or substandard building work at any point in its history.
What’s involved in a structural inspection?
We answer the important structural inspection questions such as….Has the building’s structure been built properly in the first place?
- Has any recent cosmetic work been done to hide a serious structural building problem?
Has time or human intervention caused a serious deterioration to the structure of the building?
Is there an existing condition which might later deteriorate into a structural issue?
Is ‘rising damp’ evident or hidden and if so, what are the consequences and repair procedures?
Are the ideas you have for changes or renovations to the property structurally possible?
window space (to ensure your windows are adequately sealed)
Report any features of the house that do not meet current regulations, including illegal extensions or alterations to the property
Price beat guarantee: We can beat any price offered by another qualified inspector for a similar level of service.
Our reports start from $400.00 incl GST and out typical full-service report for a standard sized house is $695.00 incl GST.
Unlike the common report template used by the building inspection industry, we include important extra information such as Structural Condition Checking, Checking of Plumbing, Drainage, Sewer, Electrical Safety, Asbestos, Repair & Renovation Costing and a Pest Inspection.
Just forward us your best quote and if it matches our level of service we will beat it, guaranteed! With a focus on exceptional customer service and unparalleled results, we are the company of choice for property inspections throughout Melbourne.
Building Masters Inspections have eliminated doubt for property buyers and owners for decades by offering in-depth structural evaluations of any property. Buy your new home, build the house of your dreams or invest in your next property with confidence.
Home Buying Guide – Why Get a Building Inspection?
Buying a new home is always an important and exciting time of your life. This home buying guide will walk you through why a building or house inspection is so important before purchasing a new home.
Buying a home is not a something you do everyday and is a huge investment, therefore it is important to find out if your desired property has any hidden defects or faults that might cost you money and heartache in the long run.
What Can Happen if You Don’t Have an Inspection?
Right now, you might be thinking that a house inspection is an unnecessary expense but the cost of not having one can lead to even higher costs – not just financially, but also emotionally as evident by the examples below.
Case Study 1
Evan and Ashley thought that they had bought their dream home in Point Cook. But their dream quickly turned into a nightmare. They incurred about $50k in additional costs because they were unaware of wiring and plumbing problems that had to be fixed after purchasing the place. If they had a building inspection done, they might have been able to lower the sale price to make up for the additional repair costs or forgo the house altogether.
Case Study 2
Andrew and Junie being first time homeowners bought an apartment in South Melbourne without a pre purchase inspection. The day they moved in it rained and water seeped in under the doors from the balcony, damaging the carpet and some of their furniture. Junie was at work at the time and did not notice until she returned home that night. It turned into a highly stressful situation for these two first time homeowners. If they had gone with a house inspection, it would have been found that the balcony tiling had been incorrectly installed and they may have negotiated a lower purchase and had the opportunity of having the balcony repaired prior to moving in.
The house inspection cost far outweighs the financial risks and emotional heartache that stems from buying the wrong property. Don’t let it happen to you.
Defect Reports as Buying Negotiating Tools
After a house inspection, you will receive a full and comprehensive report known as a defect or pre-purchase report that highlights every area that needs special attention and work. At Building Masters, we provide guidance on all issues involving repairs, renovations, rebuilding and the costs involved.
The pre-purchase defect report can be a very powerful negotiating tool in the home buying process. If there any faults or defects found within the property, you can then use the report to potentially lower the asking price or pull out of the deal to avoid making a bad financial investment.
Spend a little money on a building inspection and save more in the long run.
Choosing the Right Building Inspector
Now that you’ve understood the importance of a building inspection, it is essential that you choose a quality building inspector to do the job. Building Masters Inspectors are senior Registered Building Practitioners with years of hands-on practical experience. Unlike some of our competitors we are not designers or draftsmen or surveyors. We are the real deal with practical knowledge of building problems, costs and solutions.
Check into the qualifications of the inspectors and ask for a sample building report. At Building Masters, all our inspectors are veteran builders with decades of industry knowledge. The more qualified your inspector, the better – since they will be more likely to find any problems with your desired property.
If you are house hunting and would like multiple inspections make sure you get an inspector who can offer you a discounted rate for bulk inspections to get more value for your money.
Our building reports include:
Identification of major hazards such as structural issues or suspected asbestos
Identification of defects, such as expected property maintenance and future repairs
Overview on the presence of termites or timber pests
A review of any present conditions that may attract or assist termite or timber pest infestation
So much more