5 Reasons why you need a building inspection when you are buying a house in Adelaide?

When you are buying a house in Adelaide there are 5 reasons that you should use a qualified builder to conduct a building inspection of the property before you settle.

There are a range of causes in relation to building movement, some of these can be categorised as follows,

1. Changes in soil moisture levels 

This can be seasonal ie from rain, excessive garden watering, a burst or cracked pipe, and stormwater pipes discharging close to a building wall or footing.

2. Inadequate footing strength.

A footing particularly in an older home may not be able to withstand the expansion of the soil typically due to soil moisture changes. Ie The footing may not be strong enough to resist the soil movement and this is typically seen in stone footings or timber stumps.

3. Poor construction techniques.

This can be due to a range of factors and some of these are as follows,

– Brick walls excessively overhanging concrete footings

– Concrete slabs in contact with the ground where the slab was designed to be placed off the ground via a pier set up.

– Concrete not adequately cured.

– Rain damage to the concrete slab

– Concrete under strength

– Reinforcement not located correctly inside of the concrete

4. Poor site maintenance

Some of the factors that this includes are,

– Trees to close to the building

– Excessive garden watering

– Storm water pipes leaking

– Showers leaking

– Gutters overflowing

– Downpipes discharging close to the base of walls.

5. Reactive soils

A reactive soil is one which has very fine soil particles such as a clay. Typically the soil expends in winter and shrinks in summer.

In Adelaide some of the suburbs which have reactive soils include Cambelltown and Rostrevor.

In our experience, most building movement is generally moisture-related in areas where the soil is highly reactive. So before you purchase or settle on the new house use a qualified builder to conduct a building inspection of the property before you settle.

Do you know what the three most common defects which we see on new residential building sites are;

1. Paving placed up against walls covering the Damp Course which allows moisture to enter into the walls.
2. Lack of plastic lining to the full edge height of the footing. This shortage of plastic can allow moisture and salts to enter into the floor slab.
3. Rafters offset from the top of the wall frame studs. This means that roof loads are not distributed directly to the stud, and therefore the roof loads are not adequately transferred to the ground.

Standard AS 4349.1 and Property Protect

Only a qualified professional has the proper expertise to identify and report on defects and safety hazards as outlined in the AS 4349.1 document.

We are specialists with extensive training who are dedicated to providing you with important information regarding the property.

Before you purchase a property, you want to know as much as you possibly can about its condition!
We also use advanced property inspection software on-site to ensure that the final report is tailored to suite your needs.
Please examine our sample report to see the range of issues we will examine and provide to you.

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