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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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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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