Renovated older houses look great, but has the home handyman made mistakes?
Lush gardens can hide expensive problems, have the house thoroughly inspected
We regularly inspect older houses, what condition is it really in? A common problem – poor or no roof ties!
This house has been fully renovated…. is everything as it seems?
Looks finished, but the workmanship is lacking – can you tell?
The site looks untidy until great designs emerge… make sure it is Building Code Compliant as well!
Eric was ready to purchase a new investment property that appeared to be sound with few immediate maintenance issues, however he opted to include a pre-purchase structural inspection as a condition of sale to give him the peace of mind that his investment would be a solid one. Eric decided to engage ABBC as his inspector.
On arrival and the house, inspection of the interior and exterior walls and floors indicated that the house was a sound purchase and would not likely provide many large maintenance issues into the future. This was the comment given by the previous inspector when the house was sold to its current owners.
After inspection of the roof cavity it was revealed that the roof covering had been changed from tiles to Colorbond steel, though the sheets had not been tied down to the existing roof structure. This constitutes a major defect and structural issue, as the roof sheeting does not have enough self-weight to prevent it being blown away in gale force winds.
Detection of this issue by ABBC was able to save the sellers from compromising a sale deal by revealing the issue before the re-roofing work was out of warranty. ABBC was also able to prevent their client from investing in a defective house and saved him thousands of dollars in bringing the roofing frame up to standard.
Tony was financially ready to make an investment for his future – an investment property. He had done his research on the best area to buy, the best street in that area and now he was looking at a ‘fully renovated’ property to buy.
Fortunately, Tony elected to do a building inspection prior to making an offer on the property, and appointed ABBC to make an inspection.
When the house was viewed from normal viewpoint of someone walking through a ‘Home Open’ to buy the house, there didn’t appear to be too much wrong. However, when the roof cavity was inspected, it was revealed that the roof cover had been changed from tiles to Colorbond steel without adding any tie-down strapping to the perimeter of the house. It was found that the skylight had been cut through the roof rafters and ceiling joists without support to either. It was also found that the pressure relief valve to the hot water system was discharging into a wall!
The cost to rectify the above items was approximately $5000, money which the purchaser couldn’t factor into the deal after making an offer. The purchaser was able to negotiate a $5,000 reduction in the price of the home, and had the home brought to a safe standard prior to putting in tenants. For the cost of a building inspection, the owner had prevented damage occurring to the home in high winds, avoided a potential accident to anyone working on the roof or in the ceiling of the home, and negated a potential structural and termite problem with hot water sloshing around in a timber internal wall.
Tony slept well knowing that his asset was protected and that his tenant was safe.