Common Faults Found During Inspections

  • Surface drainage problems

  • Paving movement

  • Retaining wall movement and deterioration

  • Rotting, leaning and termite damaged fencing

  • Illegal structures * 

  • Seepage and ponding of water to sub-floor areas

  • Insufficient clearances between timber & soil allowing rot & possible termite damage or access

  • Rotting and too low railings of decks, balconies and verandas (potentially dangerous)

  • Deterioration to concrete balcony slabs, concrete cancer (spalling)

  • Rusting of steel lintels above openings also deterioration of concrete lintels

  • Movement and cracking of external walls

  • Rising damp and deterioration of brick walls also slabs

  • Rotting, fractured and deteriorating weatherboards

  • Sagging roofs

  • Sagging ceiling linings

  • Broken and deteriorating roof tiles

  • Rusted roof sheeting, flashings and gutters, inadequate roof flashings

  • Roof leaking and sagging ceiling linings also rotting timber

  • Old electrical wiring and fittings **

  • Lack of a safety switch and smoke detectors **

  • Blocked plumbing and rusted pipes **

  • Termite and borer damage **

  • Leaking from kitchen, toilets, laundry and bathrooms

  • Stump deterioration, movement and inadequate tie-downs

  • Inadequate sub-floor structures

  • Inadequate ventilation to sub-floor areas

  • Rusting steel columns supports

* Regarding illegal structures, comments maybe made, but bear in mind that the report is NOT a compliance check. A list of what appear to be additions, may be compiled to help when your searches are carried out.

** These items are checked as a licensed builder only. An expert must be employed in these areas of specialised knowledge for qualified advice.