Why is Water Damage a Red Flag When Buying a Home?

You have finally found your dream home and want to move in straight away, but there’s a problem. Any kind of damage can be cause for some alarm, but why is water damage a red flag when buying a home?

For Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North, finding water damage in a property is a big part of why we stress the importance of undertaking a pre-purchase building and pest inspection.

While it’s not a fun job telling clients we found damage, we take pride in doing our job to the best of our ability to keep you informed before you make your biggest investment

For further information or to book an inspection, please call us on 07 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

What Are The Dangers of Water Damage in a Home?

Aside from causing cosmetic damage, the problems with water damage in a home can go much deeper:

  • Water can easily be absorbed by the foundations of the home putting the entire structure at risk.
  • Movement on the structure brought about by an inundated foundation can create cracks on the walls that weaken the integrity.
  • If flood prone, then erosion is a risk.
  • If the drainage system is poorly-designed, there is a chance for sinkholes to develop and plants and landscaping to be destroyed.
  • Health risks – Water can contain toxins, bacteria and chemicals which can be harmful to humans plus, these areas of the home are likely to attract bugs and rodents that can have further health impacts to the homeowners and their family.

How Does a Building Inspection Find Water Damage?

While uncovering water damage is not ideal, it’s important to know as much as you can before purchasing a property. Undertaking an inspection is the best form of reassurance.

  • Sometimes the damage is not easily visible because it’s inside or behind the walls. Examples of this are leaks in the pipelines, electrical wirings, wood framings and furnishings.
  • We use a thermal imaging camera and moisture detection equipment as part of our inspections.
  • A trained eye can also spot swelling of timber and painted areas affected by water damage.

Why is Water Damage a Red Flag When Buying a Home?

Don’t uncover water damage the hard way, make sure you get a building and pest inspection done first. Call BPI Sunshine Coast North to book yours in today on 07 5456 2210 or send an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Minor Issues a Building and Pest Inspection Can Find That Can Cost You Thousands

Everyone knows you should get a building and pest inspection before you purchase a home to find any big problems such as moisture damage, termites or foundation issues.

But there are lots of minor issues a building and pest inspection can find that can cost you thousands.

At Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North, we have found some common issues over our 40 years’ experience that will help you understand where the costs could be for your new home..

1. Movement in footpaths and concrete

Movement in concrete could be a risk as minor as a tripping hazard, or even as severe as an indication that movement may become more prominent in the future. This could  lead to major building works such as underpinning.

2. Fence damage

Worn out and damaged fences are easy to overlook and often can be hidden by plants and other vegetation. But, replacing a fence can be a real hassle, especially when you need to coordinate with neighbours. Fence repairs of rebuilds aren’t cheap and can cost thousands of dollars.

3. Rusting gutters or roof panels

It’s not something that can be spotted from the ground, but rust on roofs and in gutters can cause real issues if left untreated. If the damage is only minor, you might be able to salvage it with a quick application of kill rust. But in some cases, the rust may be too severe and entire gutters could require replacing.

4. Seals and grout

In showers, downpipes, around sinks and in between tiles, relying on your building and pest inspector to spot these issues could save you a lot of heartache and money. Replacing seals and grout can be a DIY job at times but, if it’s not spotted early, much more intensive repairs may be required.  

5. Minor repairs

Cracks in light fittings, damage to plasterboard or the ceiling and stiff windows and doors are all things that you might not notice during an inspection, but we do. Whether the fix is a bit of plaster and painting or a bit of WD-40, these minor repairs can really eat into your wallet.

Minor Issues a Building and Pest Inspection Can Find That Can Cost You Thousands

There are a lot of potential issues you might overlook, not think to check, or simply don’t see when you’re viewing your potential new home with rose coloured glasses.

If you want a comprehensive inspection done on your house completed by the experts, call Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North on 07 5456 2210 or enquire online here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Things a Building and Pest Inspector Can’t Check

At Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast we are as thorough as possible, but there are some things a building and pest inspector can’t check.

Whether it’s that we aren’t qualified to inspect the area properly, or access to the area simply isn’t available, our comprehensive reports will still take you through everything you need to know before purchasing a property.

If you’d like to book in for an inspection or would like more information about what we do inspect, call us on 07 5456 2210 or enquire online here.

Electrical installation

All electrical wiring, meter box and appliances need to be checked by a qualified electrician.

We always recommend consulting a licensed electrician if you need further advice about anything electrical in a property.

Plumbing

Plumbing requires a different set of skills and training to building and pest inspections, so all plumbing needs to be inspected and reported on by a qualified plumber.

If you have concerns about the plumbing at a property it is recommended that a licensed plumber be contacted for further advice.

Air-conditioning units

Air conditioners fall under electrical items, and as such are something we cannot check. They also perform differently depending on weather conditions, so an issue may not be obvious every time it’s in operation.

We recommend all air-conditioning units  be serviced annually and air filters cleaned on a regular basis as per the manufacturers’ specifications.

Chimneys

If a property has a chimney, the flashings and brick deterioration, mortar erosion and lack of support may not be visible due to height restrictions.

All fire boxes or fireplaces need to be burning fuel to test if the units work correctly. This test is outside the scope of an inspection and it is recommended that if a property has these components, that they are fully tested and inspected before purchase.

Hot water units

While we are not plumbers, we do include a visual report of the condition of the hot water unit and will recommend that a licensed plumber should be consulted for further advice if it’s required.

We cannot test pressure relief valves on freestanding hot water units as this valve may break, seize or leak due to lack of testing over a period of time.

Swimming pools and pool fencing

The owner/seller of a home is required to provide you with a pool safety certificate at the time of sale. This can only be issued by a licensed pool safety inspector. If the pool does not have a pool safety certificate before entering into contract, the seller must give the buyer a form 36 – notice of no pool safety certificate.

Obstructed areas

If an area such as a roof space cavity, the back of wardrobes and cupboards or the crawl space under a house is not accessible, or obstructed, then we can’t inspect it.

Things a Building and Pest Inspector Can’t Check

Although we provide a complete and thorough inspection of your property, there are some areas which we are not qualified to assess. We can however provide recommendations for the best people to use for the job.

If you’d like more information about what we can check and find at our building and pest inspections, then call at Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North on 07 5456 2210 or enquire online here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

What can a Building and Pest Inspection find?

Purchasing a property is an exciting time in your life but the one question you might be thinking about is, what can a building and pest inspection find?

Our job at Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North is to reassure you that completing a building and pest inspection is the best decision you can make when buying a house that could potentially save you thousands of dollars

With over 30 years of experience, we provide combined pre-purchase building and pest reports for properties across the Sunshine Coast North area, so you are in good hands.

Don’t hesitate and make a booking today. Please call us on (07) 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

What can be found from a Building and Pest Inspection?

A building and pest inspection is recommended to seek out any structural, conditional, design and building defects or problems in both the interior and exterior of a property.

Some examples of previous issues we have come across include:

  • Rusted pipework – which can indicate the risk of water damage.
  • Termite damage – putting you at risk of finding serious structural damage in the form of unsafe decks and skirting board damage.
  • Poor building work or repairs – chocked up stumps.
  • Safety hazards – Cases where stairs are not built to Australian Standards or smoke alarms not working or located where they should be.

How an inspection can save you time/money

While the inspection is a small cost in itself (although it might feel big at the time), it is an investment which could potentially be beneficial to you long-termit any issues are uncovered.

  • If something is found after the house sale and while you are living in the property, it could cost thousands to repair problems.
  • Finding the issue beforehand means you can prevent it and repair it, not clean up after it and rebuild it.
  • You can also potentially negotiate a lower sale price to factor in the cost of any necessary repairs.  

Why Choose BPI Sunshine Coast North?

  • We provide our clients with comprehensive inspections in accordance with Australian standards
  • You are more than welcome to attend the inspection and we will answer any questions you may have along the way.
  • We use the latest technology – Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meters.We offer a personal, prompt and professional service with a fair and honest evaluation of your inspection. You will get a building inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection.

What can a Building and Pest Inspection find?

Before you sign the dotted line, make sure you have a professional building and pest inspector review the property.

Book your building and pest inspection with BPI Sunshine Coast North today on (07) 5456 2210 or send us an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Why you need a Building and Pest Inspection

If you’re in the process of purchasing a property, you have come to the right place to find out why you need a building and pest inspection.

At Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North, our speciality is providing combined pre-purchase building and pest reports for properties across the Sunshine Coast North area.

We have more than 30 years of experience in the Queensland building industry and we use the latest technology to seek out any structural problems or damage to the property.

For further information or to make a booking, please call us on (07) 5456 2210 or send us an online enquiry here.

Why you need a Building & Pest Inspection

The most important reason for undertaking a building and pest inspection is for your own peace of mind. And, while many might worry about the cost of the inspection itself, it could potentially save you in the long run if any issues are detected.

  • A building and pest inspection can find structural, conditional, design and building defects or problems in both the interior and exterior of a property.
  • Identifying issues before you purchase a property could save you thousands later on if these problems are left unchecked.
  • You can also potentially negotiate for a lower purchase price to fix the issues.

What can be found at a Building & Pest Inspection

While the ultimate result would be to find no problems during an inspection,we do often find the following issues:

  • Termite damage/infestation
  • Moisture whichcan indicate water damage or leaks
  • Poor building work

We don’t want to hold up the purchase proceedings so after each inspection BPI Sunshine Coast North will complete an in-depth report with photos which is emailed to you within 24 hours.

Why Choose BPI Sunshine Coast North?

  • We provide our clients with thorough inspections.
  • We combine over 30 years of knowledge and experience with the latest technology – Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meters.
  • You receive detailed reports (with colour photos) emailed within 24 hours.

Book your Building & Pest Inspection today!

Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today on (07) 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

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Roofing defect found at a Building and Pest Inspection in Nambour