Any individual, organisation or corporation that manages property portfolios knows all too well that plenty of issues can arise. Real estate property managers, building managers, and Owners Corporation Managers (CPSM) often need investigation inspections when disputes arise. These reports are an essential tool that can be used to identify defects and may help portfolio managers resolve building disputes.
There are a number of serious strata property defects that can put lives at risk. Structural damage and leaks are like ticking time bombs, while tripping hazards can result in injuries and subsequent lawsuits. However, even minor defects can affect the value of properties, including the ability to sell or rent those properties. Cracks in masonry or render impact on the aesthetics of buildings, for instance.
Strata Inspections in Victoria
If you need strata inspections in Victoria due to resident complaints or due to disputes with a contractor, hiring a company that has the right experience is important. Not all building inspections companies follow an effective methodology. You need to know that inspections are thorough and cover all necessary structures and materials on the property. Companies that have provided reliable services to large or complex developments are the ideal choice for your strata report needs.
At Houspect, we provide recommendations for rectifying building defects based on priority. We can further break down reports with cost estimates for the repairs required. You can use the information from the Houspect report to address builder defects in new buildings, or to formulate an effective maintenance plan for older developments. Regardless of the reason for your property inspection, Houspect will always provide reports in an organized and easy to understand format.
The first part of the process involves investigations. Our inspector will conduct a thorough inspection, assessing any damage or maintenance needs. All works are itemised and prioritised according to those defects which need the most immediate attention. In most cases, the investigations focus on single issues but may include a range of defects and concerns. It is important to our inspector that the most pressing issues are identified and reported back to you for focused attention. We can also provide a Scope of Works (SOW) plan for the repair and maintenance required at the property.
The SOW contains detailed and defined works needed with a break-down that typically covers a repair plan from between 1-5 years. We also provide inspections that assess previous repairs for defects or non-compliance with relevant building standards. These reports are invaluable when pursuing tenders related to those previous repairs. A 10-year sinking fund/maintenance plan can help when it comes to managing costs for repairs over the long-term. Sinking funds for regular maintenance needs are required for most Strata properties.
Why Choose Houspect?
We have over 35 years in the industry providing professional building inspections to homeowners, business owners, managers of major infrastructure (hospitals, schools, etc) and strata property owners and managers.
At Houspect, our inspectors are fully qualified builders licensed by the Victorian Building Authority (Domestic Builder Unlimited, or INL which means they have the Diploma of Building Surveying). Be wary of companies that have inspectors with no VBA registration posing as builders. They might say they are licensed but they are referring to their own company internal “licence”which is not the industry standard of the VBA licensing. They may have studied building but have never passed the rigorous VBA registration process.
Houspect Victoria inspectors have the qualifications, experience and knowledge necessary to produce accurate strata inspection reports.
If you manage strata properties or portfolios in Victoria, speak to the experts at Houspect to find out more about how we can help you. Contact our team on 03 9808 4000 to discuss your needs with a member of our team and we’ll provide the solutions you need.