Importance of photos & access

2609, 2016

Flooding (local)

September 26th, 2016|Flooding, Importance of photos & access|Comments Off on Flooding (local)


There are different types of flooding the main ones being what occurred in the 1800’s, 1974 and more recently in 2011 & 2013. But most are unaware of local flooding that occurs much more often and possibly a number of times in a year. These photos are of the latter category as indicated by […]

1909, 2016

Understated Inspection Reports

September 19th, 2016|Buying at auction problems, Costly mistakes, Importance of photos & access, Understated Inspection Reports, Vendor reports, Vendor Reports Problems|Comments Off on Understated Inspection Reports

Here is a classic example why it is dangerous to accept a building report from a seller before an auction. Numerous items in the vendors report were either not discovered by the inspector or significantly understated to help the sale go through! Don’t be conned into thinking a free report given to you by the SELLING […]

1209, 2016

Seepage through balcony slabs above units

September 12th, 2016|Importance of photos & access, New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Seepage through balcony slabs above units

Problems with a recently inspected relatively new unit in the eastern suburbs.

Seepage has occurred through the balcony slabs above these units to ceilings of the unit interiors below them from lack of appropriate water-proofing of the balcony slabs before the tiles were laid over them. Apart from being an ongoing annoyance to owners/tenants, seepage may […]

1508, 2016

Inadequate Roof Flashing

August 15th, 2016|Importance of photos & access, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Inadequate Roof Flashing

Inadequate width roof flashing’s. Building inspectors not willing to gain access to the roof exterior would not be able to identify this problem and cost their client a lot of money in having it rectified. This cannot be determined from interior of the roof. Don’t be conned by people that state otherwise, demand roof exterior […]

808, 2016

Rusted Roof

August 8th, 2016|Importance of photos & access, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Rusted Roof

Rusted roof that could not be identified from ground level or from the roof interior (no access hole do the low pitch skillion roof). Photos tell the story! 


Combination of zincalume and galvanised roof sheeting will cause corrosion between the two items. Roof sheeting and flashings must be fitted in one or the other unless […]

108, 2016

Retaining walls

August 1st, 2016|Importance of photos & access, Retaining wall problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Retaining walls


This is why it is important for your inspector to access common property areas of a unit complex. These are photos of a very high boundary rock retaining wall that has moved significantly and is highly likely to continue to move. The wall is not likely to have been appropriately engineered, reinforced or Council […]