6 of the most common faults found in building inspections

Whether you’re buying or selling, you should look out for the most common faults found in building inspections.

These faults can impact price negotiations significantly.

If you’re selling you want to address these problems early and if you’re a buyer, you want to use these faults to drop the price of the house.

1) Degraded fencing

Wooden fences are a common feature in many homes. However, they are also among the most prominent faults in any property.

Over time wooden fences become degraded due to weather and pests like termites. You should consider termite treatment if this is the case.

Fences are vital as they offer security and a barrier between your land and the rest of the world. An inspection can reveal the quality of the fence.

most common faults found in building inspections

Some examples of fences that have been worn down.

2) Concrete roof tile issues

Concrete tiles are economical and durable. However, a building inspection can reveal hidden faults with this type of roofing.

Mould, fading paint and cracked tiles are common issues when inspecting roofs.

Your roof will often bear the brunt of the elements, so it is vital that any house you buy has a study, dependable roof.

3) Bathroom degradation

Bathrooms are another part of the home where faults can be found.

Not to be confused with silicon, silicone is a rubber-like substance used to seal shower walls and bathtubs. Over time this silicone can peel and break off.

Grout is a dense fluid mixture of water, cement and sand which is used to fill and seal gaps in tiles and in other places. It is used mainly in bathroom tiles. Grout similarly degrades over time.

Bathrooms are one of the most important areas of the house so even minor issues can have a big impact on the price of a home.

most common faults found in building inspections

An example of grout that has degraded over time

4) Faulty doors

Faulty doors are a common problem in many houses.

External doors are often exposed to the elements, so it is no surprise that they can become weather-beaten over time.

Front doors say a lot about a person’s home. It is important that all your external doors are in good condition.

Doors that are squeaky, difficult to open or have defective hinges should be addressed as soon as possible.

Your door may even be at risk of falling off its hinges, which is a telltale sign you have a termite infestation.

Only an expert can assess the full extent of the damage.

5) Poor paintwork

Paintwork is another area of the house where faults are often found.

Paint can peel or fade over time, particularly if the initial job was done poorly. Paint can also blister, crack or become discoloured, which is known as “bleeding”.

These faults reflect poorly on a property and should be recognised and addressed.

Act now, don’t wait

Most common faults found in building inspections are spotted and addressed relatively easily.

If you recognise any of these faults in your own home, there’s a good chance there could be more that an expert could pick up.

Book a Pre-purchase building and pest inspection now.

Contact Dedant Building and Pest Inspections on our website or call us at 07 3807 0122.