Property Inspections Sydney
Are you aware of the potential value of property inspections? Sydney homes can have a range of problems,
particularly older homes. If you're planning on buying a home in Sydney, investing in a property inspection is
wise. Pre-purchase inspections help prospective buyers establish any existing or potential problems with the
property, and can help buyers make a more informed decision about their purchase.
Property inspections vary somewhat depending on the property and on the expertise of the inspector, but a
standard inspection may take several hours. The inspector will examine various areas of the house, and will note
any areas where replacements, repairs or servicing might be required; or where there appears to be damage,
unapproved structures, or other concerns. A detailed written report will be provided to the prospective buyer after
A property inspector should undertake a thorough examination of the exterior of the house. This includes
checking the exterior walls, roof, garage areas and foundations, if visible, for any signs of damage, cracking,
leaks or termite infestation. They may also make an assessment about whether the backyard has adequate drainage and
not if there are structures on the property that appear unlikely to have council approval.
The interior component of a property inspection will involve a thorough examination of the home's plumbing
system, including taps and pipes, for leaks or ageing, and the bathroom and laundry areas will also be assessed for
mould and mildew problems, as well as whether the ventilation is adequate. The home's wiring may also be examined
(but not tested) and heating or air conditioning systems may be assessed. A fire safety assessment may also be
undertaken. Because it is unlikely that the inspector will be a qualified electrician or plumber, if there appear
to be problems with plumbing or wiring, the report is likely to mention this but recommend that you have a
qualified and licensed tradesperson inspect the system.
Although a property inspection cannot guarantee that every problem will be identified, they are a valuable way
of highlighting any issues that may need attention, or that may cause the buyer to reconsider their purchase due to
the expense of rectifying the problem.
Who can benefit from property inspections? Sydney home buyers are the most obvious group however, because
inspections are relatively inexpensive, home owners can also use an inspection as a way of clearly identifying
maintenance issues that need attention on an older home, prior to arranging repairs.