Home­buy­ers en­cour­aged to book pre-pur­chase in­spec­tion

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

The Vic­to­rian Build­ing Author­ity has en­cour­aged prospec­tive home­buy­ers in Co­bram to do their home­work be­fore hit­ting prop­erty auc­tions.

In ad­di­tion to ar­rang­ing finance and closely re­view­ing the con­tract and re­lated pur­chase doc­u­ments, the VBA said peo­ple should or­gan­ise a pre-pur­chase in­spec­tion by a reg­is­tered build­ing prac­ti­tioner.

VBA in­quiries, in­spec­tions and com­plaints di­rec­tor Mur­ray Smith said by ar­rang­ing a pro­fes­sional in­spec­tion, prospec­tive buy­ers can help en­sure the home is safe and meets build­ing reg­u­la­tions.

‘‘While a pre-pur­chase in­spec­tion will cost you money, it can save you from nasty and of­ten costly sur­prise re­pairs,’’ Mr Smith said.

‘‘Cracks in brick­work and plas­ter, mould, rising damp and struc­tural wear and tear can be hid­den by a fresh plas­ter and paint job that may only be dis­cernible to the trained eye.

‘‘Slop­ing and springy floors may mean res­tump­ing is re­quired and a sag­ging roof can in­di­cate struc­tural prob­lems.’’

A pre-pur­chase in­spec­tion should re­view the dwelling from top to bot­tom, in­clud­ing the roof space and sub-floor, if ac­ces­si­ble.

Con­sumer Af­fairs Vic­to­ria ad­vises con­sumers to have a pest in­spec­tion as part of a pre-pur­chase check. It also rec­om­mends check­ing if the prop­erty is in a bush­fire­prone area.

To find a reg­is­tered build­ing prac­ti­tioner go to: vba.vic.gov.au

For in­for­ma­tion on in­spec­tions, visit: build­ing.vic.gov.au

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