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Difficult To Detect Problems In Houses

To a novice, most house structures may seem to be very similar in appearance. They have walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs. However, qualified and experienced house inspectors are able to detect even the smallest crack on a wall or ceiling, Sometimes, seemingly minor cosmetic defects could be an indication of a larger problem that requires additional scrutiny.

Malfunctioning appliances, poorly built roof structures as well as water in the subfloor, are aspects that the potential homeowner might not be able to identify. This makes it necessary to hire the services of a skilled and experienced house inspector. Once this professional identifies that any of these problems or defects exist in a property, a buyer tends to panic.

If the person is unable to explain the problem or the potential consequences clearly, it can jeopardise the pending sale. Sometimes, a potential buyer can get cold feet for what may be nothing but an inexpensive repair or an uncomplicated replacement of a feature.

We at Inspect It First are proud of the fact that we can identify different types of problems with residential structures, and will convey all the findings to our clients in a very simple and clear manner. Once the inspection has been completed, our experienced house inspector will have a detailed conversation with you, before sending out a written inspection report. This helps simplify what can potentially be a very complex process.


Why Getting A Pre-Purchase Inspection Helps

In the course of this conversation, our team will also provide estimated expenses for any rectification or repairs that would be needed, so that you are prepared and can budget for any future financial commitments. A thorough inspection performed by a qualified and skilled house inspector is one of the best ways a potential property buyer can protect themselves from having to fix very serious structural problems, after all the paperwork has been completed and the deal has been sealed.

When you get a property professionally inspected, there are a number of things that will be examined. The inspectors will conduct a thorough check of all the indoor and outdoor installations as well as features of the house including the roof, walls, ceilings, flooring, plumbing and more.


Common Problems That Are Difficult To Detect

Some of the most difficult to detect problems in houses include:

  • Roof Problems – Improperly-framed roofing, which can’t take the weight of the structure and begins to sag.
  • Fire Separation Walls – Improper installation of fire-rated walls and dividers.
  • Plumbing Problems – Leaky pipes, mould and other problems related to poor-quality plumbing installations.
  • Partially Incomplete Construction – Outdoor features without proper drainage, guttering or downspouts, etc.
  • Insufficient ventilation – Poorly planned under-house ventilation that can lead to toxic mould and wood rot.
  • Impacted structural integrity – Inadequate maintenance or poor quality materials and craftsmanship, can result in damage to the sub-floor and joists over time, which in turn can impact the structural integrity of the house.
  • Missing or Damaged Fixtures – Some fixtures and installations are considered to be a permanent aspect of the property, such as light fittings, fitted carpets, awnings etc.
  • Termite/Other Pest Damage – Termite infestations can sometimes go unnoticed as can rodent damage.

Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection Done

If you are considering either buying or selling any residential property it’s important that you familiarize yourself with all the existing rules and regulations related to pre-sale property inspections. This is one of the best ways to protect your interests and ensure that you don’t have to face any hassles or excessively high repair and replacement costs in the future.

A skilled and experienced pre-purchase inspector would be able to identify if any of these problems exist and will provide recommendations about what can be done about them. If you want to know more about Inspect It First‘s building and pest inspection services, don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 557 047 or contact us through our contact form.

Thanks for reading,
Inspect It First Team
1300 557 047

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