Renovated older houses look great, but has the home handyman made mistakes?
We regularly inspect older houses, what condition is it really in?
The site looks untidy until great designs emerge… make sure it is Building Code Compliant as well!
This house has been fully renovated…. is everything as it seems?
Lush gardens can hide expensive problems, have the house thoroughly inspected
Building from new… are shortcuts being taken?
Pre-purchase inspection… faulty workmanship worries?
Looks finished, but the workmanship is lacking – can you tell?
Building a new house … make sure it is built correctly!
Case study – Small details, large problems
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.