Making sense of Pest,building inspection report

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  1. Vishh

    Vishh Well-Known Member

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    HI All,

    Recently a pest an building report was done for one of the property I am interested and actively pursuing and Agent had sent me this report..
    However I felt that report was no conclusion in many places. They mention the complete defects in home, but without an estimate it is of no use. So many ifs and conditions to make themselves safer.
    Is that how a typical report will be. This is my first report and hence need help in understanding.

    Report also says high moisture in Sub floor along rear wall. Is that something I should worry?

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    Cheers,
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    Was the moisture thing listed as major or minor?

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  3. Vishh

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    They only said "To be addressed" against the defect and in summary they had

    "The occurrence of major defects in this building is considered to be TYPICAL,(only if items in Photo summary labelled (to be addressed) have been resolved) when compared with a building of a similar type and age, that has been reasonably well maintained."

    So are they saying if these are fixed, then there are no major defects?

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  4. Vishh

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    These are major observations in report which made me worried.
    Any idea whether these will / already casued structural issues? And how much it will cost to repair?
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    This is the backyard pic. Highlighted is the high moisture wall.

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  5. Trainee

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    Usually you would call the inspector, or gone with them, to ask questions then. If you are interested in buying it you should get your own done.

    some of this is experience. Once you read a few of these, if similar houses in the area don’t have this problem, then you know it’s unusual.

    in this case you can clearly see the land rises away from the house on the side. So moisture isnt surprising. Add a trench?
     
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    not waterproof paint ?? but that little internal drain hints that problem was well known before

    BTW did anyone check the roofing ( joins ) on the external attachment that water might not be descending in a straight line

    been a victim of crappy water-proofing before ( used to share a place where the PEAK of the roof leaked , )
     
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    I too was thinking initially the dirt outside could be removed and waterproofed, but looking at the garden photo, that ain't going to be possible.... not sure if any treatments of the bricks could be possible inside - not a damp course issue if the water is getting in above the course line...

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    Renovate Forum has several posts about water seeping through brick work due to the soil level being too high. With suggestions on how to remedy.
     
  10. Vishh

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    there is no mention of rroofing joins on external attachment.
    They mentionted it was raining and hence it was not safe to check roof completely and recommended one more inspection when weather is ok.
    For internal roof thye had these observations below.


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    And few below items for rear yard.
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  11. Thomacino

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    I wouldn't rely on any documents let alone a building report given to me by the agent who's acting in the vendor's interest.

    Get your own independent building report, it's $1,000. The asset you're buying is worth at least half a mil.. (0.002%). If you're not willing to spend that little on your asset, you aren't doing your due diligence..
     
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    Judging by the last picture (point 36). There is definite waterproofing issue, (rising damp) as the bottom bricks are darker than the bricks above the tap. (Brick that has absorbed water is always darker).
     
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  13. Vishh

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    We did ask for building inspection quotes and most of the quotes was $499. We asked agent whether we can do pest /building inspection and they said this property is must sell and they can provide the reports.And this report indeed mentions not acting for Agent and independent.
    Being a first home buyer I am tyring to understand how many differnet type of inspections we should do before purchasing a house.
     
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    If it is your first home, then definitely should do your own building inspection. $499 is cheap, sounds like a good investment and peace of mind for your 'first home'. Or would you rather you buy it and spend thousands fixing it later? Wouldn't it be better knowing the problem now and save the heartache in the foreseeable future?
     
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  15. Joynz

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    I think the $500 was for fixing the damp issue.

    I would get more than one quote and ask what the quote covers. Is it removing the soil, grading slope away from house, adding an external drain, just some waterproofing - or something else?
     
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  16. Vishh

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    No it was for building inspection. No quotes asked for any of the issues.
     
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