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What Causes Your Roof to Leak and What Should You Do About it?

What Causes Your Roof to Leak and What Should You Do About it?“Leaking Roof?”

No one wants a leaking roof as they can cause excessive damage to your home, wall linings and frames. Most leaking roofs are due to cracks in the roof tiles that are the result of accidental damage. A ball on the roof for example and an over-excited teenager climbing the roof to fetch it can cause a broken or cracked roof tile.

The simple installation of a television antenna can do the same thing.

Your roof should be inspected regularly for cracked tiles or areas that require re-pointing. This really is a job for a qualified tradesman. A regular building inspection will cover this for you and give you the peace of mind you need.

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Super-sleuthing beneath the Surface at Open House Inspections

Super-sleuthing beneath the Surface at Open House Inspections

“Open House Inspections”

Looking for the right home can be an adventure but it’s important not to be seduced by glossy surfaces.

Following are some valuable tips for inspecting properties:

  1. Take The Right Tools
  • Pocket-sized mag light.
  • Note pad and pen
  • Comfortable clothes (be prepared to get down and dirty).
  1. Have the Right Mindset
  • Be prepared and be inquisitive. An inspection is exactly that, you’re not a guest. Don’t be afraid to inspect anything that seems damaged or in disrepair.
  • Don’t overlook the obvious. Why is furniture positioned where it is? Is there anything being hidden?
  • Spend time in the property to really take its measure.
  1. Ask the Essentials
  • Ask for a copy of the contract
  • Why are they selling?
  • If you’re seriously interested, arrange another private viewing so that you can review anything you might have overlooked.
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Don’t Be Polite When Inspecting Property – Learn What to Look For

Knowing what to look for when inspecting property can save you time and money. Most properties have their faults but costly structural damage is something most buyers want to avoid. Knowing what to look for can alleviate much disappointment and save you thousands.

Buyers should always obtain a full building report prior to committing to a property. However, knowing what to look for can save a buyer even ordering what can be a costly building report on property that has obvious flaws.

Tips on what to look for include:

  1. Use Your Senses to Detect Dampness – Your nose will help detect dampness on a primary inspection. Musty smells and the presence of mould are sure signs that dampness can be a problem for this property.
  2. Check Water Pressure –Don’t be embarrassed to use taps, flush toilets and hoses. If you flush the toilet and it “wells up” it can be a sign that there is a blockage of sorts in the sewer pipes.
  3. Check Guttering and Downpipes – Circle the property looking for rust to guttering and downpipes. If caught quickly with minimal damage, these can be repaired quite inexpensively.
  4. Look For Structural Issues – On early inspections look at vertical and horizontal lines in order to see whether the property has “shifted”. Sagging rooflines can mean problems as can vertical cracking through layers of brickwork.
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Inspect Before You Settle

Your legal representative will advise you to undertake a pre-settlement inspection and so too will your agent. The Pre-Settlement of Final Inspection is an important step in the purchasing process. Once settlement occurs you have no legal recourse, hence the importance of making certain that your new property is handed over in an appropriate state.

Undertaking a thorough final inspection is of vital importance. Look for inclusions, conditions of carpet, walls, and any other chattels indicated in the contract. Otherwise misunderstandings can occur. Window coverings can be changed and replaced with ones of inferior quality for example. This can also be done with light fittings, dishwashers, BBQ’s and the like.

Tips for undertaking a final inspection:

  • Before entering the contract, be sure to understand exact inclusions and include them on the contract.
  • Ask if there are any “exclusions” and have them noted on the contract. Perhaps a light fitting that matches a bedspread for example.
  • Take detailed notes on the inclusions and keep photos from advertisements to refer to.
  • When the final inspection approaches, review notes, photos and any questions that may have arisen.
  • Have the final inspection on the morning of the settlement wherever possible.
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Become a Property Sleuth: Learn How to Detect the Defects

Purchasing property can be a testing time for many. What to buy? Where to buy? How to mortgage? When to Buy? All of these are relevant questions and genuine concerns when purchasing. The secret of success is to educate yourself and become a property sleuth. This doesn’t necessarily mean becoming an expert. It does mean, however, that you need to learn what to specifically look for when purchasing property.Purchasing houses differs from purchasing vacant land or units and apartments. Each had the potential for certain defects that can potentially cause nightmares further down the track.

Top Tips for Detecting Defects when Purchasing Units or Apartments.

  1. Concrete Cancer – Yes! There really is such a thing, and it can be costly to repair. Look for bumps in concrete floors and order a strata report. Repairs can be around $5,000 per unit.
  2. External Concrete Balconies – On occasions steel re-enforcement may have been placed too close to the surface during construction. This can cause rust stains to appear on the surface of the balcony floor.
  3. Cracking To Brickwork – Cracking to brick work that is HORIZONTAL or DIAGONAL up the wall can spell trouble. It is generally an indication of movement within the building possibly due to inadequate footing. If you can put a finger in the crack then walk away. It is far too significant.

Top Tips for Detecting Defects when Purchasing Houses.

  1. Deflections In Rooflines – This can be the result of a poorly framed roof, the use of “green” timbers at time of construction and/or structural movement.
  2. Sagging Ceilings – Can be the result of a lack of adhesion material at time of construction or exposure to pooling water.
  3. Rising Damp – In a double brick property look at the wall finish from floor to ceiling noting any colour differences or patching.
  4. Retaining Walls – Examine retaining walls for signs of movement or a build up of moisture.
  5. Springy Floorboards – This can be a sign of poor workmanship, a sunken pier or termite damage.

Buyers are always advised to obtain a pest and building report from a qualified tradesman prior to committing to the property and unit buyers should always obtain a strata report.

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