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New Home Maintenance Reports

New Home Maintenance Reports

Pre Purchase Building Inspections Perth

Having a building inspection completed by an experienced independent Building Inspector on your new home as it is being built is the best way to ensure a high standard of workmanship is achieved, by identifying issues and having them fixed as they arise.

Once you have moved in and started living in your new home you may notice additional issues arising.

Therefore, it is a requirement for Builders to complete maintenance at the end of the Defects Liability Period (DLP). The DLP is stated in the Building Contract (generally 4 months) and starts from the date of Practical Completion.

Notification needs to be in writing to the builder, and within the Defects Liability Period. It’s normal to have maintenance issues arise due to various factors like:

  • Building settlement – e.g., appearance cracking to ceiling cornice. Cracking to control joints. Cracking to tile grout. Hairline cracking to masonry walls.
  • Operation of fixtures and fittings – e.g., loose taps and accessories, cracking to set plaster around sliding doors and windows. Cabinet doors and drawers may need adjusting.
  • Differential movement (expansion and contraction) due to thermal/seasonal change. Timber doors and windows may need trimming/adjusting. Timber floors may require additional filler to control and/or expansion joints.

As you can see there are lots of building elements subject to maintenance, many which may require specific measuring and checking against allowable tolerances.

But how does the average homeowner know what constitutes a defect? Or if building work has been completed in a proper and workmanlike manner and in accordance with the contract? Or if the supply of materials is of “merchantable quality” and reasonably fit for the purpose required.

The solution is to have a Defect Liability Report completed by an experienced independent Building Inspector on your behalf, who understands workmanship standards and what constitutes a defect in accordance with your contract and Home Building Contracts Act of 1991.

The Defect Liability Report will clearly identify where the defects are, why they are defects and most importantly what rectification needs to happen to fix them.

A Defect Liability Report includes photos, making it clear and easy for the builder to remedy any defects.

If you need assistance with ensuring you get the most out of your Defect Liability period, please get in touch with our team either by phone on (08) 8374 8130 or email [email protected]

 

Seller Reports

Seller Reports

Pre Purchase Building Inspections Perth

Buying or Selling a home in Western Australia can be frustrating and stressful at times for both Sellers, Buyers and Agents. A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Report is essential to avoid potential building issues. But with many different selling methods available in Western Australia, understanding who can commission a Building Inspection, and when the Building Inspection be completed can leave many buyers concerned about what they are buying, and some sellers on the “back foot” when it comes to resolving issues with their home. 

Private Treaty (listed for sale), Auction and Set Date Sale are three popular methods for selling homes in Western Australia. All these methods of sale have different requirements/limitations when it comes to Building Inspections. Some methods allow Building Inspections to be included as a Condition of Sale, while others do not, and offer the home on an “as is” basis. 

There are pros and cons with all sale methods for both the seller and buyer around Building Inspections.  

However, there is a solution to create a win/win/win for all parties when it comes to Building Inspections and reports.  

Seller (Vendor) Reports or Pre-Listing Reports can alleviate frustration and stress not only for Sellers and Buyers but also serve as a powerful marketing tool for Real Estate Agents. Below is a list of benefits.

Buyers

  • Saves time – no need to find a Building Inspector and schedule inspections.
  • Saves cost – seller has paid for the report.
  • Assurance – benefit of the report passes from seller to buyer.
  • Confidence – aware of issues with the home upfront.

Sellers

  • Saves time – no need to make home available for multiple inspectors on different days and times.
  • Quality report – property not at the mercy of the buyer’s Building Inspector.
  • Scope of inspection – property not subject to an inspection outside of the agreement.
  • Options – the seller can choose to make repairs on issues uncovered or consider adjusting the asking price well before the property is marketed.

Agents

  • Clean Report – a Building Report with no issues increases buyer confidence and marketability of the property and can be included in Vendor Paid Marketing.
  • Known issues – Knowing about issues early allows the seller to resolve them in a timely manner.
  • Quality report – property not at the mercy of the buyer’s Building Inspector.
  • Scope of inspection – property not subject to an inspection outside of the agreement.

The key to successful Seller Reports and/or Pre-Listing Reports, and most importantly having them recognised by Buyers starts with a highly regarded and trustworthy Building Inspection Company.

Home Integrity Building Consultants have won both State and National Awards, are Registered Builders, Structural Engineers and have Professional Indemnity Insurance to suitably cover Pre-Purchase Building Inspections commissioned by either Sellers or Real Estate agents, with the benefit of the report transferring to the buyer.

If you need a Building Report to assist with a Listed for Sale, Auction or Set Date Sale we can take care of all inspection reports fast. Email us at [email protected], or call our admin team on 08 8375 8130 or if you’re ready to book now, click here.

New Planning Regulations

New Planning Regulations

Perth Building Planning Regulations

Many savvy homeowners who are building a new home in Perth choose to have a New Home Practical Completion Inspection and/or New Home Progress Inspections completed during their build by an experienced inspector who is also a WA Registered Builder.

This is the first step checking your home is built to high workmanship quality standards.

There is no better feeling than taking possession of your new house, walking around thinking about what personal touches and future improvements can be made that will transform the house into your home.

For many homeowners, improvements will include structures like Patios, Pergolas, an Alfresco, a Swimming Pool or even a kids cubby house.

Improvements to your property and adding structures do require Council approval.

Generally, there are two stages of approvals. Planning Approval (sometimes called Development Approval or DA) and Building Approval.

This is where the confusion can start for some people.

“Does my Structure and/or improvement(s) require both Planning and Building Approvals”.

Thankfully from February 2021, some homeowners will be exempt from requiring planning approval for single homes, extensions, and small projects such as cubby houses and patios.

These changes will allow local government to ensure compliance with Residential Design Codes through the “deemed-to-comply” route, which will enable many Planning Applications to progress straight through to Building Approval Stage. Saving valuable time for many homeowners who want to add further finishing touches and improvements.

Home Integrity was super helpful and explained all processes clearly. They also did a very thorough inspection and I couldn’t be happier. – Kailah, Coodanup

If you are building a new home and want to ensure your home is built to high workmanship quality standards, you should hire Home Integrity as your advocate. All inspectors are experienced, WA Registered Builders who know what high-quality workmanship and quality standards look like.  

For more information or to book an inspection click here or call our Team on 08 8375 8130. 

 

Foundation Maintenance and Footing Performance

Foundation Maintenance and Footing Performance

foundation maintenance and footing performance perth

Expert Advice to Homeowners on Identifying the Causes of Movement in a Building

 

Noticed some Cracks in Your Brickwork?

 

Having a thorough and accurate pre-purchase building inspection in Perth is the first step to gaining some understanding about your property and possibly the largest investment you will ever make.  

Buildings can and often do move. Movement can be rotational, lateral or up and down. Fundamentally, the movement of buildings can be related to one or more problems in the foundation soil itself or the impact from surrounding conditions.  

A thorough Pre-purchase building inspection completed by an experienced Registered Builder will document cracks of concern as major defects and make note of appearance cracking to be repaired as part of general maintenance.  

Understanding the difference between the two is extremely important to make an informed decision when buying a home. 

It’s especially important for homeowners to identify the type of soil their home is built upon. By obtaining this information, you can begin to determine the action that must be taken, ensuring that problems with the foundation soil can be dealt with correctly.  

No matter the age or location of your home, cracks of concern should be investigated and the underlying issues resolved, to protect your home against ongoing and further building movement. 

People often get foundation and footing definitions incorrect or interchange them. Just to be clear, the foundation of the house is the soil or material whether it be clay, sand or rock that the building is built on. The footings are part of the building structure that directly interface with the foundation and support the building structure above. E.g. concrete strip footing, isolated pad footing, etc 

House Foundations  House Footings

In addition to the soil classification, other factors that will greatly impact on foundation performance are trees, shrubs and vegetation, stormwater drainagethe slope of the and, related retaining wall issues and compaction All these factors play a significant role in foundation performance.  

All properties are unique in terms of how these factors inter-relate with the structures built on the site and understanding the relationship between these factors can greatly assist with maintaining your foundation. Future problems with your foundations can be alleviated with this knowledge. 

The scientists at the CSIRO have produced BT18 which is a guide for homeowners to assist with maintaining their foundation regardless of the soil type, vegetation or stormwater drainage.  

There are lots of helpful recommendations and diagrams to assist with planning your landscaping (hard and soft) and stormwater drainage to best suit your property, your home and foundation material. 

Like I mentioned earlier, a thorough Pre-purchase building inspection completed by an experienced Registered Builder will document cracks of concern as major defects and make note of appearance cracking to be repaired as part of general maintenance.  

And, understanding the difference between the two is extremely important to make an informed discussion when buying a home. 

In addition to all Home Integrity Inspectors being experienced WA Registered Builders, one of the Directors is a Structural Engineer, who can assist when required. 

For an instant quote click here or book and pay through our simple, online process. And if you’re not sure what direction to take, just call us on (08) 8375 8310 and our team will be more than happy to assist.  

Replacing Your Roof Cover

Replacing Your Roof Cover

Replacing Your Roof Cover Perth

Things You Need to Consider When Upgrading Your Roof

When purchasing a new home in Perth, a pre-purchase structural inspection will assess the structural integrity of the roof structure of the home.  

Often when purchasing an older home, alterations, additions and possibly even the replacement of the roof cover has been carried out. In many cases, these improvements likely played a large part in you choosing your future home.  

Whilst it may look great, you also need to be confident that the work has been carried out correctly. 

Do I need a Building Permit to Change My Roof?

Firstly, when your roof cover has been changed from one material to another, engaging a builder or engineer is key to ensure the roof structure has been modified for the changes in loads.  

Secondly, when changing your roof cover to a lighter or heavier material, you will likely require a building permit with your Local Government.  

The builder who worked on this project should have submitted an application for you as they are responsible for ensuring the work complies with the building standards, plans and specifications.  

Even if a building permit was not required, the owner must ensure the building work complies with the applicable building standards. 

Replacing a roof is not a DIY job! 

A recent article on the trade website HiPages said “Due to the safety implications and specialist skills required, re-roofing is not recommended as a DIY project. Only a qualified roofing contractor has the equipment and skill needed to do the job right.” 

When re-roofing has been or is to be carried out, the following scenario’s must be assessed: 

  1. Roof cover replacement with like for like – The roof structure should be inspected to ensure it has not deteriorated over time (i.e., sagging evident) and is performing adequately. 
  2. When replacing with a heavier material (eg Tin to tile) – additional structural members and supports will likely need to be installed/upgraded to hold the extra weight 
  3. When replacing with a lighter material (eg Tile to tin) – tie-downs need to be installed/checked to ensure the new roof does not blow away. 

Item 3 is the most common scenario with tin roofing growing in popularity over the last 20 years or more. Unfortunately, it is common to find homes that have been re-roofed with Tin/Colorbond sheeting and where tie-downs have not been considered or installed. This can be a Major Structural Defect 

 

Roof Replacement Missing Tiedowns
Missing Tiedowns
 
Example: No tie-downs were visible to the perimeter walls and roof frame connections which was required when the roof was converted from tiles to metal.

 

Next Steps

Whilst it is certainly easier to install additional tie-downs during a re-roofing project, if they have not been installed, in most cases a cost-effective solution can be found.

If this is discovered during one of our pre-purchase structural inspections or a defect inspection, retrofitting of perimeter tie-downs and installation of additional strapping/brackets to suitably tie down your roof can be recommended. 

At Home Integrity, our focus will be to ease your concerns and solve your problems as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.  

They found defects in the roof that potentially could of cost me thousands of dollars down the track if it wasn’t for these guys.” – Peta, High Wycombe  

If you would like a quote for an inspection on a home you are buying, click here and you will get an instant price on our complete range of services.  Alternatively, please call our Booking Team on (08) 8375 8130 and they will be more than happy to assist with your quote.