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SPRING is the property game’s busiest time and Archicentre Australia says it is vital for all players to ensure the home they want to buy or sell is in the best possible condition in all aspects.
Director Peter Georgiev said many people were making life-changing decisions with buying and selling homes but risking costly mistakes by not seeking professional advice on matters relating to build quality and future lifestyle.
“Moving into a newly-built home or existing residence or renovating a property represents a significant, life-changing investment and one that involves relying on the work of others to provide for future lifestyle needs,” he said.
“Most houses have shortcomings – it is a matter of degree.
“The shortcomings vary according to the construction methods of the era and of the quality of renovations and their design.
“In many cases, especially in auction situations, the buyer cops responsibility for shortcomings.
“This is somewhat mitigated if a building is less than 10 years old, in which case the original builder is liable for building faults.”
To minimise their risk, buyers and sellers may want to consider building inspections/ assessments and pest inspections.
Building assessments review the condition of the house, including major and minor defects and maintenance items.
Timber pest inspections check for the presence of termites, borers and other timber pests or problem areas on a property.
Rather than just trusting the inspections provided by building surveyors or paraprofessionals, Archicentre Australia advised seeking the professional services of an architect for an assessment.
Mr Georgiev said these thorough assessments went beyond the constructional and build quality focus of an assessment by considering lifestyle aspects that could be introduced only through design and architectural/siting opportunities.
“Architects provide guidance on understanding the property in its time and neighbourhood context while being able to cast an eye into its future opportunities,” he said.
“They bring a design edge to their assessment and analysis, either of the building being assessed or the opportunities that the building and site present for the future.”