Purchasing a new home or property is one of life’s major decisions. Rarely can you get a good understanding of what is happening within a property during one or two visits at home opens or private viewings. It can be very beneficial when you buy your new property to obtain an independent building inspection from a Registered Builder with at least 20 years construction experience.
The majority of pre-purchase structural inspections in WA are usually integrated as a purchase condition into the “Offer to Purchase Contract”. Under these contract pre conditions, the buyer can make their offer subject to certain conditions which must be satisfied prior to the contract becoming unconditional. Common conditions include subject to “finance”, “pest (termite) inspections” and or “building inspections”. What becomes absolutely key is the wording of the pre-purchase building condition clause and how that clause operates.
In relation to WA building inspections the Real Estate Institute of WA provides associated Real Estate Agents with the wording for a suggested pre-purchase structural inspection clause. This clause has some very positive attributes but there are also some limitations. The key issue is that the clause can generally only be invoked if a structural defect is identified in the property. The Houspect WA pre-purchase structural inspection is specifically designed to identify, where they exist, structural defects (as defined in AS 4349) in buildings.
Important to note that a structural inspection focuses solely on the structural soundness of key building elements. In particular, these inspections are specifically designed to identify structural defects as defined by AS4349.1 and referred to in the often utilised REIWA Structural Building Inspection clause.
Completed in accordance with Australian Standard 4349, a Houspect Structural Inspection is a visual inspection of all the building components of the property and seeks to identify structural defects. Understanding the structural integrity of the property will enable the buyer to progress with their property purchase with greater confidence in the building structure.
A Houspect Structural Inspection Report is a thorough, independent document completed in accordance with the Australian Standard 4349.1.
During a structural inspection, our building inspectors focus specifically on identifying existing structural-only defects.
What Does Our Structural Inspection Cover?
Our Structural Inspection includes a visual inspection of the following areas of the building, subject to reasonable access:
In WA, building inspections and building inspectors are unregulated. As a consequence it is important that you have total confidence in the quality, skills, experience and professionalism of your building inspector. At Houspect WA:
Houspect WA or its Directors maintain a number of important professional memberships including:
During the 20 plus years of operating in WA, Houspect has conducted in excess of 50,000 quality building inspections.
Buy, build and invest with confidence with Houspect WA.