8 DIY Structural Building Inspection Checklist
With a new year rapidly approaching it might be a good chance to start preparing to look for a new house to buy for future investment in Australia. One of the most essential steps in buying a new house is building inspection. For some, this might be quite a difficult task, therefore, there’s always the professional in structural building inspection service to call and do the thorough inspection for you but there are certain portions in the building inspection task that you can DIY.
Here are some of the DIY structural building inspection checklist
Check the water system and plumbing
Water is one of the essential parts of the house that you need to take extra attention because it will affect your daily activities in the future. Therefore, when you stepped inside the potential house to buy, the first thing you should do is turn on all of the faucets/taps from each room such as kitchen and bathrooms, see the water condition is it normal/clean, colour/muddy. Next, start to check the drainage system because the water should exit continuously without problems. Some houses equipped with a hot-water system which rarely get maintained well, so put that on your checklist and you could also clarify with the seller about the age and recent maintenance. Additionally, check the outside water system and plumbing as well because they should be connecting with each other, inside and outside.
Check the ceiling for moulds and mildew
With the four seasons that circulating in a year, Moulds and Mildew bound to appear in the Winter due to the damp condition of the ceilings. In some cases, if the house has been vacant for a long time the accumulated moulds could create a severe problem for the ceilings such as broken ceilings. While doing the moulds checking, you can inspect the ventilation system as well because damp spaces with poor ventilation will produce even more Moulds and Mildew.
Check for cracks in the ceilings, walls and floors
Probably one of the easiest things to notice about a house condition is the cracks? Even for a brand-new house, there always be cracks in some places which usually hidden under the new paint, therefore, you need to take extra attention while checking it by running your hands over the walls to feel the cracks. While it might be a bit hard checking the cracks on the ceilings, you could possibly do a visual checking and take note of the crack spots for cracks repairment later. While on the floors, for a second-hand house, normally people have installed carpet or rugs to cover it so why not inspect them as well if the condition is still acceptable or need a replacement.
Check for the electrical system condition
A house without a good electrical system will cause major problems which sometimes a major one. Therefore, simply by checking the condition of the wiring, switches and sockets, you can prevent any issues that could happen in the future. Additionally, turn on all of the lights inside and outside the house to check the condition of the light bulbs. Some of the houses also equipped with the heating and cooling systems, therefore, you need to inspect the condition as well, is it properly working and enquire with the seller about the age and recent maintenance.
Check for any sign of pest problems
This might not be a problem in a newly built house but for a second-hand house, pest infestation check is definitely a-must because you don’t want to stay in a house that has a high population of the Rat or other pest. Therefore, you can start by checking for any holes at the corners of the walls. While doing it, you can check on the Termite damage as well because it could cause a serious problem in the future. Try knocking on the walls or floors and you can easily notice the sound of hollow floors or walls are quite different.
Check the roofing condition
Probably the first thing you will notice when you arrived at a house that has the potential to buy is the roofing condition but due to its location that high above it’s hard to reach. What you can do is make a note on every noticeable roofing issue like cracking or missing part which later you can mention it to the professional in roofing repairment.
Check the surrounding trees and grasses
Overgrown and old trees could cause major problems to the house such as the branches could fall off and hit the house roofing, therefore, enquire this to the seller will be a great idea. Additionally, if you notice tall grasses surrounding the house that means the exterior is not well-maintained which can be home for pests like snakes and insects, therefore, you should note this as well.
Check other external features
The garage, garden shed, pool and other external features of the house should be on your checking list because eventually at some points you will be using them, especially the garage. In most houses in Australia, the garage not only used as the place to store a car but also other unused things, therefore, chances that the garage condition is in a messy condition quite high.
By following the above DIY tips, you will have a better insight of which parts of the house that need checking. However, after you have done on your DIY checking, it would be best to ask for the professional in a structural building inspection to do recheck thoroughly. Thank you for reading and feel free to share the article.