When you’re in the market to buy a house, you want to make sure that you’re getting a good return on your investment. Buying your first home on the Gold Coast is exciting, but you don’t want to end up spending a fortune in repairs and maintenance because of issues lying beneath the surface. It’s easy to slap on a coat of paint to make the building look newer than it actually is, however, eventually the disrepair will show itself. Before you finalise your purchase, it’s worth having building inspector come out to see if the money spent will be worth the investment. Here’s what to look out for during a pre-purchase building inspection.
Pests like termites, ants, rats and other vermin spread disease, destroy the structure of your home and make a mess. Make sure that you inspect for termite damage because the structural integrity of your home could be compromised. You’ll need to call in an exterminator to remove them and then repair the damage.
The walls make up the majority of the structure of your home, and specific issues here could mean you have to replace the wall entirely. Look for sloping and deep cracks as an indicator that something’s amiss.
Rising damp is a common problem for older buildings constructed out of solid and double bricks. Often they will have been damp proofed, but this can deteriorate over the years, allowing damp to rise from the ground and through the foundations. If the paint on your walls is bubbling, you could have rising damp, which will need to be repaired and then waterproofed.
Look for bubbling paint on lower walls around the bathroom, kitchen and shower areas. The leak might be caused by a pipe, which is simple to repair; however, in the worst-case scenario, the entire room will need to be waterproofed. Look for leaks in the ceiling by noting any watermarks present. If you spot one, you should also check your roof damage.
When you’re looking at buying a home, you should view a pre-purchase inspection and a non-negotiable element you must pay for. These inspections protect your interests and your potential investment and could end up saving you thousands in the long run. Call House Inspection Gold Coast today to order yours.
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