Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - RESIDENTIAL -

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.”

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