If you’re on the market for a new home you are probably no stranger to ‘open house’ or property inspections. Inspecting a house in person is a great way for potential buyers to see whether or not it measures up to the listing agent’s market spiel. More importantly, you’ll get to find out more about the overall health and state of the home you may potentially purchase. If you know what questions to ask, that is.Continue reading “Questions to ask at an ‘open house’ that can save you money”
You may have heard about people testing radon levels when either selling or buying a home overseas. But how high are the levels of radon in Australia, what health risks does it pose to home owners and when should you have a radon inspection conducted?Continue reading “Radon in Australian homes: How dangerous is it & do I need a radon test?”
It has been an exceptionally wet year so far. Thanks to La Niña, the Australian summer has produced above average rainfall across the country. All the extra rain causes moisture to persist for longer in the air and in the ground which can cause problems for homeowners.Continue reading “Why You Should Have A Moisture & Mould Inspection”
Chemical delignification has been found in some metal and concrete tiled roofs around the Perth region, and primarily in properties close to the ocean. However, the deterioration seems to be more related to the ‘Terracotta Tiled Roofs’ which is similar to clay bricks, than to the actual location.
Before we explain in more depth what chemical delignification really is, we need to understand what products and conditions can lead up to this happening to the roof timber structure. So, let’s start from the beginning.Continue reading “Chemical Delignification: Causes & Treatment”
By now, most people have understood the value of a pre-purchase property inspection and will gladly pay to get confirmation the property is a good buy. But what if the property you intend to purchase is in fact a new construction; a brand-new home where no one has lived yet, would you still need a professional inspection?Continue reading “Do I need a building inspection on a new property?”
The standard condition in Queensland conveyancing contracts will include a building and pest inspection condition. But what is it exactly and how can it affect either the buyer and/or the seller?Continue reading “Negotiating Under A Building & Pest Condition”
When buying or selling a house, the goal is always to get your money’s worth, or more. For this to happen you must first determine the overall condition of the property you’re intending to buy or sell. Undertaking a professional pre-purchase building and pest inspection can help you get a better understanding of the property’s worth, and make sure you don’t end up with a complete dud.
It’s been more than a decade since heavy floods ravaged through parts of Brisbane, leaving many of its residents devastated with substantial flood damage to their homes.
In 2011, it was predicted that property prices in the Brisbane flood zones would take a nosedive as a result of the catastrophic event. However, the outlook is a bit different 10 years on — the riverside properties and communities of Brisbane continue to thrive. In this article we provide some useful tips if you consider buying a house in a flood zone.
If you live in a house built before 1980, there’s a possibility it was constructed with asbestos. Approximately one-third of Australian homes contain asbestos in some form or another. Sounds dangerous, right? But what exactly is this material?
Are you looking to invest in a property? A building inspection can help assure you that you’re putting your money in the right place and give you peace of mind that there are no safety issues to worry about. It will effectively assist you in identifying any major or minor defects in the building, and whether or not it will be worth your while.
It’s hard to find a property without any defects. Often there are cosmetic imperfections that arise in any home that’s actually been lived in! These things can be easily rectified however when more significant defects arise, its important to know whether they too can be easily repaired, if the damage is extensive or whether the structural integrity of the property is in question. Below we explain the difference between a structural defect, major defect and minor defect, and how to identify them.