Finding the perfectly built home to settle into can be the stuff of miracles.
Horror stories about shoddy building and workmanship have been recorded in the thousands — so, finally, Archicentre — the building design, inspection and advice service — has made it easier for homebuyers to purchase a property by providing a few tips on what to look out for.
ACT and NSW General Manager of Archicentre Ian Agnew said that to limit the risk of financial stress in purchasing a home prior to making an offer, people need to arrange a pre-purchase property inspection.
"An inspection from an independent, professional and trained person such as a structural engineer or an architect will ensure the house is safe and sound," he said.
Here's what an inspection can reveal to help you avoid expensive repairs:
Electrical wiring must be installed by a licensed electrician.
A sign to look out for when checking faulty wiring is blackened areas on power points.
● Pest management
The most common signs to look for are hatches in the ceiling and sub-floor being nailed shut to prevent access to these areas of the home.
Homebuyers should test the water pressure by turning on a couple taps at once to check if water pressure is available and whether the water is discoloured.
● Guttering and downpipes Poorly maintained guttering can lead to major problems such as water entering the home and damaging items inside.
● Stormwater drains
Leaking pipes and faulty drains can be dangerous and a costly repair.
Leaking roofs, cracked tiles or poorly fitted guttering can have a major impact on the interior of the home. Inspections inside the roof cavity can be a good indication of the roof's structural soundness.
● Details: archicentre.com.au