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  • Building report - the importance of a building inspection


    Architect, Cameron Frazer explains importance of getting a building inspection report when buying property


    So you have fallen in love with the house, but how much do you really know about it?  Cameron Frazer has some tips, that could save you thousands.

    Buying a home can be an emotional purchase, but today, we'll talk about some of the practical considerations you should make before you buy your dream home.

    A building inpection will help you understand whether there are any major, serious, structural defects with the home, which, if you buy the house, could cost you a great deal of money.

    An architect is an excellent choice of building inspector.  Architects are qualified, they are registered, and they come with insurance.  And all these things give you peace of mind.  

    What are some of the common building faults you find during an inspection?

    The first thing you have to do is set the scene - what sort of building have you got in front of you?   

    An older building - typically you are looking at old building faults, the lack of building regulation. With a modern building, you have clearly got more faults in terms of material deficiencies.

    Classic cracking that shows rotation outwards.  If I had a crack like that I wouldn't be too worried.  

    Here is a typical sub floor, pretty good access, pretty good space.  Just going up onto the roof to assess the condition of the connection between the old and the new roof.  OK, everything looks in order, gutters are good, seals are good, the flashings are good.

    You can see by the front of the house that some of the defects of timbers, a bit of movement, whereas the rear of the house clearly presents in a far more credible manner with the recent renovation.

    So now as an informed purchaser, I've now got a much better idea of what it is I would buy.  You get a detailed understanding of the nitty gritty bits that will need rectification over the years.

    When it comes to buying your Great Australian Dream, it pays to do your homework and be an informed purchaser.

    I hope you have got some useful tips from today.  I will see you next time.

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    About the author

    • Cameron Frazer

      Cameron Frazer from Archicentre is on hand to help avoid thousands of dollars on costly repairs that can turn that dream home into a nightmare. As our resident architect, Cameron, will show buyers what to look for and the questions to ask when purchasing a property, and how to get the right professional help for your renovation or building project.

      With over 20 years of experience in design, construction, project management and sustainability, Cameron has led significant architectural projects in the private and public sectors. He will also look at how to assess a property, consider the potential renovation costs and how to best unlock future capital growth.

      Cameron Frazer

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