When it comes to buying a new home, what you see isn’t always what you get. While a house may look perfect on the outside, a pre-purchase inspection is the only way to ensure that it’s the right fit for your family – both from an investment perspective and, more importantly, a safety perspective.
Before you sign on the dotted line, book a building inspection to ensure your new home is free from these safety hazards.
- Electrical wiring issues
Any wiring issues uncovered during your pre-purchase inspection should be taken very seriously. Electrical wiring faults can put your property at greater risk of fire, electrical shocks, short circuits, and power fluctuations, compromising the safety of you and your family.
An experienced and professional building inspector will uncover these potential faults by assessing the property for outdated or exposed wiring as well as overloaded circuits that may be cause for concern. Your report should also include information on smoke alarms and safety switches, ensuring that you have a good idea of how safe the property is prior to purchasing.
- Structural faults
Before buying your new home, it’s important to uncover any structural issues that may be lurking beneath the surface of the property. While they may not be noticeable to the untrained eye, underlying structural defects can pose a serious danger to the health and safety of your family.
Structural faults can include cracks in the foundation, walls, and ceilings, as well as issues with the roof, floors, and framing. If left unrepaired, these problems can cause the building to shift, sink, or collapse, requiring extensive and costly repairs and putting your family at risk along the way.
- Sub-standard renovations
As families grow and housing trends evolve, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to renovate and extend their property. While this may be a major drawcard for you as a buyer, it’s important to have a professional assess the quality of the renovation and determine whether it meets building standards.
Sub-standard renovations can create safety hazards for you and your family. Poor quality workmanship and materials may result in serious problems, such as gas leaks, electrical issues, and water damage. These issues can lead to major structural damage and put the health and safety of your family at risk by exposing them to hazards such as mold growth, toxic substances, and unstable structures.
- Pest infestations
Not only are pest infestations frustrating and expensive to deal with, but they can pose significant health risks for you and your family. Pests such as rodents, termites, and cockroaches can carry diseases and cause significant damage to your home by chewing through electrical wires and weakening the structural integrity of your property.
A professional building and pest inspection can detect any infestations and provide information on the level of damage that may need to be repaired. This ensures that you can purchase your new home with the peace of mind knowing that you won’t have any nasty surprises waiting for you once you move in.
Thinking of buying a new property? Book an inspection with Precise Inspections today to ensure it’s a safe place for your family to call home!