Have you found your dream home after checking out a ton of house listings? You might feel excited to buy the house and move in right away, but doing so might cause a lot of headaches later. It’s important not to let your emotions make this life-changing decision. No matter how beautiful the house looks, it might be suffering from problems which an untrained eye wouldn’t notice. A building and pest inspection helps you gauge whether you’ll be getting a good return on your investment.
The following are the top 8 problems you don’t want to hear from your building and pest inspector:
1) Structural Problems
Notice cracks in the walls or doors failing to close with ease? These are telltale signs that the house suffers from structural issues. This is a huge red flag, but understand that plenty of issues with a house’s structure can be rectified. After the inspector tells you about the presence of structural problems, it’s best to call in an engineer for further investigation. This is your best bet to determine whether those cracks are the byproduct of the house settling over time or they indicate a more serious problem.
2) Water Damage
Whether it’s a small leak or an extensive flooding, water damage can wreak havoc in a home. The most common cause of water and draining issues is poor maintenance. It’s possible to see signs of water damage yourself including standing water and water staining. While these signs might seem inconspicuous, they can lead to serious problems when left ignored.
3) Roofing Issues
Missing shingles and a sagging roof line can be costly. You might have to replace the entire roof before you can move in with full confidence. The building inspector takes the time to check the roof for any signs of damage and tell you whether a new roof is in order. If problems are detected, it’s wise to call a professional roofer for a more comprehensive diagnosis.
4) Termite Infestation
If timber is used to construct the house, then it’s vital to check for termite activity. And even if there are no symptoms of infestation, the inspector will examine the environmental conditions to determine whether they encourage future pest infestation. These tiny pests can be destructive, with related damages amounting to millions of dollars each year.
5) Mould Growth
Moisture damage almost always comes with mold growth. The problem gets exacerbated by poor ventilation. Note that green surface mold should not be the only strain to watch out for. Black mold can prove to be much more devastating, particularly because it puts the health of everyone at risk. Its presence also tells you that water has penetrated the structure already, which means it the problem must be addressed quickly.
6) Timber Rot
Timber rot or fungal decay happens when timber reaches 15% moisture content. The fungus can grow at a rapid rate, which is affected by the species of timber. This can be a major cause for concern especially if the affected timber is located in the home’s foundations. And just like any foundation issues, it can be expensive to fix.
7) Safety Concerns
A building and pest inspector may also spot safety issues in the property. While these things are not covered in great depth by a traditional home inspection, the inspector usually includes them in a dedicated section in the report. These hazards can be found in different areas of the house, and it’s your responsibility to call the appropriate specialists to inspect the matter further.
8) Non-compliant Building
You may find the extension of the home you plan on buying so beautiful, but it’s necessary to check whether the renovated property has been certified properly. The last thing you want is to buy a properly only to get an order from the local council to demolish or renovate again until you comply with local building codes. When the inspector identifies compliance issues, call a solicitor to verify them.