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Building or Renovating? Common Defects to Watch Out For

Building a first home, renovating an existing property or making a start on an investment property is an exciting time, but the experience can quickly turn sour if you uncover serious and costly issues upon project completion once the builders have packed up and left. Renovating can add serious value to your property, but if care isn’t taken throughout construction then serious defects could start to eat away at your returns.

At SBDIR, we help builders and renovators stay on track for success through avoid unwanted stress by providing building progress inspections and reports. In this blog post, we will be highlighting some common defects to look out for during construction and upon project completion. If you would like to engage my services throughout the duration of your build, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.

Roofing Issues

Problems relating to roofing are extremely common. Due to needing to climb up on the roof, it is easy for many first-time builders/renovators to miss this vital check.

The last thing you want is to be dealing with leaks, poorly installed roofs/flashings and poor ventilation. These factors can contribute to severe water damage, rising damp and mould issues – not to mention putting the health and safety of building occupants at risk. Don’t risk it, engage an experienced building defect inspector and put your mind at ease.

Termites and Wood Rot

No one wants to live in a home which is structurally unsound. If the home you are building or renovating features wooden floorboards or foundations, it is important that you have it checked out by an experienced pest inspector. With more than 40+ years’ experience in the building industry, I have seen my fair share of termite infestations. I conduct termite and vermin inspections regularly and have access to specialist equipment to accurately diagnose the extent of damage. Wood rot and pests such as termites and borers can spell disaster, but rest assured I will uncover any issues and provide you with a scope of works for any necessary repairs.

Structural Cracks – Interior and Exterior

You might think that a quick walk around of the building is enough to uncover structural cracks, but this is not the case. Sometimes cracks are barely visible to the naked eye, yet over time they may become much worse. Minor hairline cracks are normal, but by engaging the services of a building defect inspector you will gain a better understanding of the cracking and whether or not it will affect the structural integrity of the home or require expensive remediation works in the near future.

Water Damage – Damp and Thermography Reports

Water damage is not uncommon, but sometimes it can be well disguised. Utilising the latest thermal technologies, a building inspector will uncover any failed waterproof membranes, leaks, water pooling, condensation, heat loss, damp in walls/ceilings, copper pipe joint failures and more.

Left untreated, water damage can cause significant health problems as it results in rapid growth of bacteria, mould and fungi. With strong industry connections, I am more than happy to refer you to a well-reputed, long standing contractor who can rectify these issues.

Don’t Risk It – Contact SBDIR Today

With more than 40 years’ experience in residential building inspection, rest assured that SBDIR are professional, thorough and have your best interests at heart. We carry a wide range of specialist equipment including Flir Borescopes, thermal cameras, damp and humidity meters, DJI Matrice drone and much more. When carrying out progress inspection reports we leave no stone unturned, and you will receive a detailed report highlighting all issues found.

Our aim is to help you gain a better understanding of how your build is progressing, whilst also ensuring that all Australian Standards, BCA and NCC 2016 requirements are met. Gain some peace of mind and receive a quality, structurally sound home/renovation project that will serve you and your family’s needs well into the future, and spend less time worrying about costly defects cropping up when you least expect it.

If you would like to engage me for progress inspection and reports or any other service, please contact me today on 0419 416 040 or submit an enquiry through my website.