A pre-pur­chase in­spec­tion will cost you money, it can save you from nasty and of­ten costly sur­prise re­pairs

An in­vest­ment to save sur­prises

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

THE Vic­to­rian Build­ing Au­thor­ity has en­cour­aged prospec­tive home­buy­ers in Echuca-Moama to do their home­work be­fore hit­ting the 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 di­rec­tor of en­quiries, inspections and com­plaints 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.

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“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 bush­fire-prone 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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