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4 Reasons to Inspect Your New Home Whilst Under Construction

4 Reasons to Inspect Your New Home Whilst Under Construction

Home Integrity Strata Wins SCAWA Services Award 2020

 

When building a new home in Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury or the Greater Southwest Region of Western Australia, there are opportunities to assess the quality of workmanship and construction while the home is under construction.

You may be patiently waiting for the final handover inspection to assess quality, however, this is often too late to conduct thorough checks.

Construction and workmanship issues can become obscured by tiling, roofing, plastering and floor treatments.

The issues these finishings may be hiding can potentially not surface for years to come.

Finding issues years down the track is a stressful experience for homeowners. Some Builder’s can be difficult to negotiate with, despite a legal requirement that they rectify faulty and defective work for up to 6 years after Practical Completion (Builder’s Warranty1).

The problem is that not all issues are clear cut.  Ambiguous issues may require hearing at the Building Commission of Western Australia, which will assess the issue and make a ruling on who should fix it.

Even if there is a decision in the Home Owner’s favour, they may be disrupted while rectification works are completed, particularly if they need to move out of the home during this period.

The truth is that getting construction and workmanship right the first time is the more effective (and less stressful) path.

This blog identifies the reasons why homeowners should take action proactively, while their home is under construction.

 

Four Reasons To Inspect While Under Construction

 

It’s harder to rectify issues once trades finish the job

At Handover (or Practical Completion), trades have already left the site and moved on to new jobs, potentially for different Builders.

My team regularly identifies issues at Practical Completion Inspections. So if you’re already nearing completion then I highly recommend you book one in. However, Staged Building Inspections are preferable as they offer an opportunity to identify issues early while they can be more readily fixed by the Builder’s tradespeople.

 

Its easier to see issues

It’s far easier to identify an issue you can see.  Once things are plastered or carpeted over, you’re not going to pull that carpet up or dig into the wall structure to assess issues.  You just have to hope that it was done right.

Staged Building Inspections occur at a time when issues are more easily seen, without disturbing the finishings.

 

Your build stays on track

It is more efficient to fix issues at the moment.

The example below was recently identified by my team, where the waste pipe for a freestanding bath was installed in the wrong position. This meant the bath would ultimately not fit the space.

Slab Incorrect Waste Pipe Location

Rectification of this issue involved jackhammering a section of the concrete slab and relocating the pipe. This is obviously much quicker and easier to do prior to the tiling of the bathroom.

Identifying issues such as these early keeps your build on track and is helpful for your Builder to know about. Most Builders are grateful when issues such as these are picked up early as it is far less costly to rectify.

 

Assessment of Rectification Work Can Take Place

If an issue is picked up at an earlier Staged Inspection, your Building Inspector can return at a subsequent inspection to assess the rectification work. This should put your mind at ease that the quality of the rectification work is sufficient.

At Home Integrity, our large team of qualified, registered builders are Perth’s most trusted building inspectors. You can see for yourself – check out the abundance of 5 star Google Reviews here.

If you’d like a quote for a Staged Building Inspection or Practical Completion Inspection, click here for an instant, online quote. Our team is also available to discuss your needs in greater detail on 08 8375 8130.

Ref 1 : Section 6 of the Building Services (Complaint Resolution and Administration) Act 2011

What Does a Building Inspection Cost in Perth?

What Does a Building Inspection Cost in Perth?

What does a building inspection cost in Perth

 

You’ve just purchased the home of your dreams and now you’re budgeting for the additional costs to complete the sale, such as a building inspection, settlement fees, insurances, removalists and more.

This blog demystifies the costs of having a building inspection completed in Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury or the Greater Southwest in Western Australia.

For a single-story home building inspection in Western Australia, prices vary greatly, from as little as $250 to as much as $1495.

With such a wide variance in price and the quality of service, you may become overwhelmed or frustrated when comparing alternatives.

In this state, you may lean toward ‘who has the cheapest price’, which is a dangerous way to make such an important decision.

You’re about to make one of the most important financial decisions of your life. It is important to choose an inspection company that will deliver a service you can trust.

In this blog, we break down the costs for each inspection you may need when buying a home in Perth.

5 Main Factors that Affect the Price of Your Building Inspection

There are a number of factors that affect the type and scope of the inspection, which changes what an inspector will charge for their services. Here, I break down the 5 main factors that affect the price of your inspection.

Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection is a visual assessment of the structural and non-structural elements of the home for major defects. The structural elements generally consist of footings, ground slab or floor frame, exterior walls, interior walls, ceiling frame, roof frame and any retaining walls that are associated with the main residence. Non-structural elements (not usually included in a report of this nature) consist of ceilings, tiling and roof cover to name a few.

Expect to Budget: From $250 to $990 depending on the scope, inspector qualifications and size of the home.

At Home Integrity, our Structural Inspections start at $335. Each one of our building inspectors is a registered builder with Professional Indemnity Insurance, meaning our pricing is extremely competitive.

Timber Pest Inspection

A Timber Pest Inspection is a visual inspection for timber pest activity, damage and conducive conditions. Timber pests in Perth include termites, borers and wood decay fungi.

Expect to Budget: From $130 to $445 depending on the scope, inspector qualifications and size of the home.

At Home Integrity our Timber Pest Inspections are $220, however, when grouped with a Building Inspection they are just $195.

Pre Settlement Inspection

A Pre-Settlement Inspection involves a non-technical assessment of the electrical, plumbing and gas fixtures and fittings to ensure they are operating in “good working order”.

Expect to Budget: From $295 to $450 depending on the scope, inspector qualifications and size of the home.

At Home Integrity, our Pre Settlement Inspections start at $335, or when grouped with a Structural Inspection they are just $260.

Swimming Pool Inspections

A Swimming Pool Inspection includes operational checks and a visual inspection of the swimming pool or spa, pool equipment (including heating) and an inspection of the pool cover and safety barrier.

Expect to Budget: The local pool cleaning shop may conduct a basic inspection for as little as $75, whereas an experienced pool builder can charge up to $395.

At Home Integrity, our specialised pool consultant conducts a comprehensive pool inspection for $295.

Home Size

The size of the home can also be a factor in the cost of your building inspection, as the inspector is required to be on-site for a longer period of time. Some inspection companies charge more for larger homes or two-storey homes.

Expect to Budget: Some inspection companies in Perth charge per bedroom, while others apply additional surcharges for two-storey homes.

At Home Integrity, we believe we have the fairest system. We do not charge additional for two-storey homes however we do charge 30% extra for large homes over 450 sqm, to ensure the inspector has the appropriate amount of time to complete a thorough investigation. For smaller homes, such as one and two bedroom units, we offer a 30% discount.

At Home Integrity, our large team of qualified, registered builders are Perth’s most trusted building inspectors. You can see for yourself – check out the abundance of 5 star google reviews here.

If you’d 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 to assist with your budgeting. You can also book and pay through our very simple, online process.

 

 

Home Integrity Strata Wins SCAWA Services Award 2020

Home Integrity Strata Wins SCAWA Services Award 2020

Home Integrity Strata Wins SCAWA Services Award 2020

 

Alongside excellent and deserving nominees, Home Integrity was thrilled to be announced the Strata Services Business 2020 Winner at the Strata Council Association of Western Australia (SCAWA) awards night in November.

Recognising our achievement for innovation and collaborative partnerships, the award recognised the hard work of our team over the course of 2020.

 

Changing history

The pandemic took everyone by surprise in 2020, and Home Integrity was not immune from the fallout. After managing our initial shock, and pivoting our business in several ways, we then came to see the unique opportunity before us to transform our business.

At the same time, the Strata Titles Regulations 2019 were released, and this caused much confusion in the industry, as strata communities wrestled with what it meant for their complexes.

It was through these turbulent times that Home Integrity identified new opportunities to service the strata community with a level of professionalism previously unseen in the area of building consulting.

Home Integrity Strata Winners 2020

Doubling down on strata

Despite many years in the strata space, we set about launching a dedicated strata division and new website and redefined our service delivery model for strata managers, owners and their communities.

Home Integrity finetuned our innovative service offering in the following areas:

  • Strata Condition Reports & 10-20 Year Maintenance Plans
  • Structural Engineering Consulting & Water Ingress Investigations
  • Defect Reports & Builder Warranty Claims
  • Expert Witness Reports for Building Commission & State Administrative Tribunal

Then, over the course of 2020, we also achieved a number of notable milestones, including:

  • Partnerships: We partnered with quantity surveyor partners, Asset Reports, to build in value engineering and accurate cost forecasting to our condition reports.
  • Technology: We developed an app that not only standardises all parts of our strata inspections but delivers industry-leading reports that are easy to understand, yet information-rich.
  • Compliance: We had our Condition Reports and Maintenance Plans reviewed by Sean Macfarlane, Special Counsel with Lavan Legal, who confirmed our reports fully comply with the Strata Titles Regulations (2019).

It is with a full heart that we give thanks to our expert team of specialist building consultants and dedicated support staff. Without their commitment and tireless energy, we would not have been able to achieve our mission of improving the world of our strata clients.

Dedicating ourselves to innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement, we thank SCAWA for recognising our work throughout 2020 and look forward to what 2021 (and beyond) will bring.

Interested in a 10-20 Year Maintenance Plan for your Strata?

Head on over to our Strata Website, and complete the request for quotation form today, or alternatively get in touch with Anne at our office to discuss your unique requirements.

Get the Most Out of Your Building Inspection

Get the Most Out of Your Building Inspection

With pre-purchase building inspections in Perth, we understand it can be frustrating or even worrying when your building inspection report comes back with some sort of restrictions and/or limitations. Things like, “no access to roof void area” or “inspection to garage was limited due to stored household items”. Restrictions like this may leave you concerned that the inspector didn’t completed a thorough inspection of the property.

When it comes to older homes with framed timber floors, not having access to the sub-floor area to check for Termite Activity and / or Structural damage can leave uncertainty in the mind of a buyer.

The garage is often a popular spot to store the buyer’s household items when they are “decluttering” their home for home opens. Stored furniture and other household items may restrict the area that the inspector can access to complete a thorough inspection.

As you can imagine, all homes are different, and will have some sort of restriction / limitation for the inspector to work around. But this can be minimised. During the home open or second viewing inspection, take note of any potential restrictions. Ask the agent the following questions so they can check with the seller to ensure you have a building inspection completed with the inspector viewing building elements as unrestricted as possible.

  1. Are there roof void and / or sub-floor areas that need to be accessed?
  2. Is there clear access around the building?
  3. Do the occupier’s household items and/or furniture obstruct access to any areas?
  4. Is the manhole opening to the roof void 400mm x 500mm and accessible from a 1.8m ladder?
  5. Does the roof void and / or the sub-floor area allow for a crawl space of 600mm x 600mm?
  6. Is there access to the sub-floor area? Does any furniture need to be moved? Is the trap sealed?

By the seller preparing the property for inspection based on the above points, the restrictions and limitations can be minimized resulting in a more complete and thorough inspection. If a return visit is required due to an access issue, you, the client, maybe be charge a fee.


Buyers who are proactive and ask the right questions about
accessing all areas get the best results.

For more information on access issues, restrictions and limitations in relation to the Australian Standard 4349.1 Pre-Purchase Building Inspections and how they may affect your inspection please refer to WA’s largest industry association of Building Inspectors, InspectWA. Here you will find a bunch of useful information:

If you need a Pre-Purchase Building and/or Timber Pest Inspection completed we can take care of everything fast. You can book here or contact us on 0420 803 292 or email admin@homeintegrity.com.au.

 

Perth Property Auctions – Proactive Sellers Give Confidence to Prospective Buyers

Perth Property Auctions – Proactive Sellers Give Confidence to Prospective Buyers

Utilising Property Auctions as your method of sale can be a great way to sell your home fast and maximise the price achieved. If you are considering an auction, then your agent has probably told you that your home is unique and when marketed correctly, will attract lots of attention. This will result in an excellent price being achieved. This is great if you can attract the large number of potential bidders required, who through the natural home auction process, will drive the price past the reserve and into the “on the market” territory.

For many people, buying a house at auction is a huge gamble. Often there is little, or no property information on the condition of the building’s structure and timber pest history. Potential bidders could be concerned that there may be underlying issues with the property and would find themselves in a difficult position, if the property has costly faults. A buyer who is successful under the hammer is making a non-negotiable commitment to purchase the property, i.e. there is no cooling off period – they have purchased the property “as is”. Would you go into an auction situation without knowing the structural integrity of a home? 

Sellers who are looking to take their home to auction and want to maximise the number of prospective buyers should remove any obstacles that may hold bidders back. A great way to do this is to carry out the Structural and Timber Pest Inspections prior to the Auction. Home Integrity will provide a report that can then be made available to the potential Buyers. This will give them peace of mind that there are no underlying issues with the property. In fact, when done right, the benefit of the Structural Building and Termite reports can be passed onto the buyer, giving them total peace of mind and confidence.

The best agents in Perth are creating a frenzy of confident bidders at home auctions by making these Structural Building and Timber Pest Inspection Reports available. So if you would like the best outcome for your home auction, insist on a Structural Building and Timber Pest Inspection Report from Home Integrity. Click here to order your’s now or phone Anne on 0420 803 292 for more information.