Pre-Purchase Building Inspections Melbourne

Whether dream home or investment property, buying a house will likely be one of the biggest purchases you ever make, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you buy!

Getting a pre-purchase building inspection is the best way to find out about any potential problems with the property – potentially saving you time, money and stress by making sure that your new home has no nasty hidden surprises!

What is a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection?

A pre-purchase building inspection is a detailed report assessing the condition of a property and is carried out by a qualified building and pest/termite inspector.

It advises potential home buyers if the property has any major or minor structural defects, what repairs may be needed to it, and whether there are pests or termites, so they can make an informed decision on whether or not to go ahead with the purchase.

The pre-purchase building inspection report covers many aspects of a building’s interior and exterior, looking for potential issues that could prove costly for a new homeowner to fix, and will be conducted according to the relevant Australian standards, as well as if there are any pests and termites.

What Do Pre-Purchase Building Inspectors Look For?

When you choose ABPOM’s team of experienced & qualified building and pest/termite inspectors to carry out your pre-purchase building inspection, we’ll look at:

The condition of the building

You want peace of mind that the building itself is sound and free of both significant building defects and structural issues, so we conduct a thorough inspection of the building proper.

1. Roof

No one likes a leaky roof, so we’ll inspect and report on any structural defects or issues around the roof such as poorly fitting, degrading or broken tiles.

We’ll also check around the roof structure its flashings, gutters and downpipes.

2. Walls, floors, windows & doors

We’ll examine the condition of internal and external walls, noting alignment, the proper functioning of doors and windows, and the condition of the floor and subfloor areas such as stumps, brick piers, bearers, floor joists etc.

Additionally, we’ll also assess if there is adequate ventilation, signs of dampness, or pest infestation.

3. Safety hazards

Here we’re looking for any potential safety hazards of the building.

This can include the condition of balcony platforms, unsafe barriers around balconies or decking, cracked glass in windows or doors and inadequate barriers/ fencing/ gates around swimming pools or spas.

The condition of the land around the building

Because the land around your potential investment is as important as the building itself, ABPOM’s professional inspectors also ensure the property area is free of major and minor defects that may cause issues now, or in the future.

1. Drainage

The structure of a home may be sound today but can be undermined in the future if site drainage systems are blocked or failing, which may lead to issues with rising damp or even destabilisation of building foundations.

2. Trees & shrubbery

Small trees and shrubs that are planted too close to a property may show no impact today but are very likely to cause serious cracks in external walls as they increasingly suck moisture out of the ground below the footings of a house or from below concrete slabs.

The condition of adjacent buildings.

Many older properties in Melbourne and around regional areas of Victoria may also have other freestanding or externally accessed buildings such as a garage, shed or utility area.

Our inspectors will also assess these structures against the criteria mentioned above for any defects or potential issues.

Client Reviews

Stephanie A.Stephanie A.
21:12 30 Nov 23
Raymond did a comprehensive and detailed report of our brand new build. We even went through the house beforehand and marked out the imperfections thinking we got most things. Luckily Raymond picked up a lot more areas of improvement and even checked areas that we didn’t think of checking. Really happy with the service especially with the same day report. Raymond and Naarah were also both very lovely and polite. Thank you guys.
06:32 31 Oct 23
The team at Home Inspections FABPOM were amazing when it came to assisting us with a pre-purchase building and pest inspection. Naarah was friendly, prompt, and very helpful, going above and beyond with the information she provided. Raymond, our inspector, was thorough, professional and courteous. On top of this, they are affordable which is a bonus for first home buyers. Overall, it was a pleasure to deal with everyone we engaged with, we highly recommend their services.
Ackie RushAckie Rush
23:17 04 Sep 23
Honestly, don't know where to start. The entire team at Home Inspection FABPOM have been outstanding helping us with our first home. The information provided both within the inspection report, and their home buyers guide have been very helpful and insightful. I couldn't recommend these guys high enough. Thank you Team!
Jake CurtisJake Curtis
00:30 20 Jul 23
Naarah was quick to response and very professional. Explained details very thoroughly giving out details about the process and procedures about what to expect from such a quality and detailed building and pest report.Highly recommend 👍
Hayden BellevilleHayden Belleville
05:57 29 Mar 23
Naarah was so quick and responsive, went above and beyond to help us and point us in the right direction (even on other parts of the housing buying process). Their reports are so thorough and detailed, couldn't recommend them enough!

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