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Modern Apartment Defect Controversy – Why Building Inspections are Crucial

 To help cater to the needs of a growing population, apartment building across Australia is at an all-time high. There have been more than 667,000 apartments built over the past 18 years.  You’re no doubt well aware by now of the serious structural issues found within Sydney’s Opal Tower and Mascot Towers, but you may not be aware that these issues extend far further than just these two buildings.

If you’re thinking about buying a recently built apartment, make sure a professional building inspection has been carried out to reveal any issues. If you don’t, you could see the value of your apartment plummet, not to mention the inconvenience and extra expense if you are asked to contribute to the cost of rectification works.

In this blog post, I will shed some light on this serious issue and why building inspections are so important for modern apartment buildings. To arrange a building defects inspection, please contact me today.

The Problem with Modern Apartments

Apartment buildings continue to grow in size, and with a rapidly growing population there has been a push for quantity over quality. There is no shortage of unscrupulous construction companies out there who are building to a cost and paying little attention to building processes as defined by the BCA, NCC and Australian Standards. Of course there are also many reputable construction companies who take pride in their workmanship, but having to compete with these low-tier companies has resulted in a “race to the bottom” and standards have clearly begun to slip across the board.

Until recently there has also been a significant lack of government regulation over the construction industry, which has left individuals feeling uncertain about purchasing new apartments. This is slowly starting to change with the implementation of the NSW Government Building Regulation and Certification Reform.

If you’re thinking about buying an apartment built in the last 20 years, you should always seek the services of a qualified, experienced and independent building inspector before laying down your money. This will provide peace of mind by clarifying any defects and ensuring the building is structurally sound, reducing your risk of encountering costly and inconvenient hassles down the track.

Common Issues to Look Out For

A recent study by Deakin and Griffith universities has found that on average, more than 70% of apartments built after 2003 have defects. When inspecting a building, there are a few things you can look out for yourself – but for the full picture, you will need to arrange a professional building defect report.

Here are some common issues I have uncovered in modern apartment buildings:

  • Internal Water Leaks – waterproofing is one of the most common defects found in modern apartments. A damp and thermography report is essential.
  • Cracking –internal and external walls.
  • Defective plumbing – test all taps, toilets, showers etc.
  • Tiling Defects – another very common issue in modern apartments with common defects including movement joints, falls and tile spacing.
  • Guttering Faults – found in around 25% of apartments

This is only a short list of potential defects, and they are often far more serious than they may appear to the casual observer. As a leading Sydney building defect inspector with more than 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, I have the knowledge and equipment to carry out a thorough inspection and provide you with a detailed report.

Professional Building Defect Inspections in Sydney – Contact SBDIR Today

Recent media attention focussing on the building industry and high-rise apartments has made many people uneasy about purchasing modern apartments. No one wants to buy a problem, so it is critical that a detailed building inspection report is made available to potential buyers. Please contact me today on 0419 416 040 to arrange a defect inspection and report for your apartment building.