A building inspection is required for many reasons for a home owner, a home buyer, a property investor, a tenant, a property manager, a home renovator, and more.
A building inspection is a visual appraisal of the condition of a property which highlights existing defects or areas of concern. These can include:
- Structural damage, like cracking and movement
- Structural failure, or imminent collapse of a structural building element.
- Deformation, such as abnormal change in shape of a building element.
- Dampness and the presence of moisture within the building which is causing, or may cause, damage to other building elements.
- Conditions conducive to structural damage. These can be things like noticeable building deficiencies or environmental factors which may contribute to the occurrence of structural damage.
A building inspection includes inspection of readily accessible areas such as:
- Roof void
- Roof exterior
- The site
The building report will identify any apparent safety hazards and major or structural defects, including anything that could become a safety hazard or requires works to stop it from damaging the rest of the property.