March 2017 – Home Defect Inspections
When you are buying or selling a home, cutting corners to save money can end up costing you money.
Some buyers obsess about their mortgage interest rate, but too many give little attention to whether the home they are buying is what they think it is.
Naturally, some sellers will want to try and save as much as they can which can lead to making cosmetic changes in the hope that defects will go unnoticed. This could also lead to court cases and expenses higher than the repairs that were being covered up.
When you are on a budget, it is tempting to cut corners, getting professional help right at the beginning of the process can make a world of difference.
For a small investment, you can get a building and pest inspection report by a licensed inspector. It is important to employ someone who knows what they are doing, is properly accredited and will produce a report that makes a realistic appraisal of the condition of the dwelling. Southern Independent Building Inspections do all of this and more.
No home is going to be entirely defect-free, so the right inspection reports distinguish between the types of defects discovered in the inspection and rank them in order of significance. As a buyer, you have these options:
- Accept the property “as is” and remedy the defects yourself after settlement.
- Negotiate a reduction of price – if you have the bargaining strength.
- Ask the seller to rectify the defects at their own expense and prior to settlement. For example, where the defective building work reported on is relatively new, the property owner might be able to get the defects rectified by the builders who did the original work.
For most people buying a home is the biggest single financial transaction they will ever undertake and the one most likely to contain legal complexities and the potential for things to go wrong.
A pre-purchase inspection report is no longer a dispensable luxury. It is something that every home buyer needs, if only for peace of mind.
Contact Josh today at Southern Independent Building Inspections today for an obligation free quote on your next building inspection on 0400 292 226.
November 2016 – Moisture Detection
It may surprise you to know that the highest risk to buildings are water leaks. Water leaks can cause an immense amount of damage particularly over time and it can remain undetected as sometimes it just happens drip by drip.
Water damage is one of the leading causes of home insurance claims in Australia, only behind severe weather and accidental glass breakage, but the latest advancements in water leak sensing can help prevent heartache for home owners.
Occasionally pipes burst – making the problem more than obvious, others dribble, going unnoticed for extended periods in cabinets or hidden spaces.
Structures of 20+ years and those with numerous tenants, carry high risk related to water damage. Normal infrastructure wear and tear as well as human error increases chances for leaks.
On top of costs to rebuild, estimates and headaches grow when both tenants and owners experience loss of use. Also, mould and mildew can increase a claim and require strict environmental compliance.
Some Sometimes the source of leaks can be detected easily; however, finding dampness inside a structure requires training and experience.
Whether it is internal or external, rising damp is a serious structural issue that you need to know about, and it takes a professional to know what to look for.
Southern Independent Building Inspections can inspect immediately and email your inspection report to you directly. Just give Josh a call on 0400 292 226
March 2016 – Pool Safety
This month, we need to discuss something that concerns not just parents but all pool owners in general.
The article below comes from the Water Safety website and can be found at http://www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au/pool-safety/
It discusses not only the importance of pool safety but also the relevant legislation and the responsibilities of pool owners.
From 29 April 2016 all properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa pool cannot be sold or leased without a valid certificate of compliance. Local councils and accredited private certifiers can provide information on how to obtain a certificate.
At Southern Independent Building inspections, we can ensure that your property complies with the new regulations, whether you are buying, selling or renting a property, we can also provide certification for new pools.
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Drowning is one of the major causes of death for NSW children under the age of five. Each year on average 10 children under five drown in backyard swimming pools and many more suffer brain damage and other serious injuries associated with near-drowning experiences.
- Be Pool Safe – register your pool at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au
- Fence your pool or spa with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Ensure the fence is secure and in good working order
- Actively supervise your child by focusing all of your attention on them when they are in, on or around the water
- During parties or gatherings by the pool, nominate a designated child supervisor and rotate the supervision responsibilities regularly.
The Swimming Pool Act was amended on 20 October 2012 to address concerns about the high rate of non-compliance with swimming pool barriers requirements.
The Legislation addresses where swimming pools are, educate pool owners about pool safety, and enable inspections to be carried out to ensure that pools, particularly those that pose the highest risk to children, are made safe.
Swimming pool register
Targeting pool safety messages and inspection requires councils to know where pools are located in the community. Although a number of councils already hold this information, many do not. The amendments to the Act therefore require pool owners to self-register their pool, free of charge, on a statewide online register.
Pool owners can register their backyard swimming pools online at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au .
Registration is free. There may be a penalty applied to owners who fail to register a swimming pool by 29th October 2013.
A range of pool safety fact sheets are available on the Royal Life Saving website:
- NSW Swimming Pool Register– information on the NSW Swimming Pool Register
- Swimming Pool Supervision– supervision and the most effective ways to supervise
- Restricting Access– restricting access and the benefits of pool fencing and Child Safe Play Areas
- Water Awareness– including the importance of water familiarization and setting rules around water for young children
- Resuscitation– the importance of resuscitation, where to learn and the legal implications
February 2016 – The Importance of Termite Inspections.