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Do I need a building inspection before buying - the video

When is a pre-purchase building inspection a must?  What do they entail?  How does one interpret the results? What defects can be fixed and which ones should prompt you to walk away?
 
In this 30-minute webinar, Jarrod McCabe of Wakelin Property Advisory and Peter Alexander from SafeHome Building inspections answer these questions while looking into the many aspects of building inspections, not least what weight to apply to a report when judging whether to purchase a residential property as an investment asset or a home.

Key moments can be found in the tables below.

Issue covered

Time stamp (min:sec)

Considerations

00:00

Registration responses

  • Who has purchased a building inspection
  • Who has walked away due to a building inspection report
  • People’s biggest fears

0:27

Ins & outs of building inspections

1:10

Key defects

2:00

Roofs and Foundations

3:00

Cracking

4:20

Damp

5:50

Termites

8:25

Bathrooms

11:54

Apartments: Do I need an inspection?

13:07

What’s fixable and when to walk away

14:50

Q&A Starts

19:00

Ends

29:04

No.

Question

Time stamp (min:sec)

1

How can you tell whether the building inspector is listing remote possibilities to cover his back, as opposed to serious issues?

19:16

2

How are home buyers to justify spending hundreds of dollars on each property inspection when they may be interested in many properties before??

20:29

3

Are vendors obliged to advise of recent termite treatment on a property they are selling?

22:24

4

How does the inspection for an apartment differ from a whole strata building inspection?

23:23

5

A building is still under statutory warranty period, but the builder argues that the brick work cracks are not defects. What can I do?

24:12

6

Should a survey of property boundaries occur as part of the pre-purchase inspection?

25:38

7

How serious are blocked waste water drains?

26:37

8

How can a realistic assessment be made of foundation integrity?

27:20

9

Will there be a price drop in Sydney and Melbourne? And will it affect house prices in other state? Should I buy now or wait for a price fall?

27:53