A building inspection is a comprehensive though non-invasive report of the condition of a property highlighting visual defects an owner or potential property buyer may wish to remedy. It does not report on anything hidden behind cladding only what’s visible to the naked eye therefore leaks for example may not always be detectable.
Heating is also not usually covered in a building inspection report. However the basics of testing power point sockets, lighting is done and photos plus comments on the electrical wiring is also included in most reports.
Plumbing wet areas and the testing of the plumbing function is also usually covered. A high quality report will have a the condition of the property is rated and a Grading Key Guild for you so the report is easy to navigate. Excellent, Good, Average, Needs Attention are some of the usual key grades used.
All areas of the property are inspected including: The site, roof exterior, and cavity, the building exterior and underfloor plus all rooms in the interior. Moisture readings are done in all rooms. Also within a room the areas inspected are: the ceiling and wall linings; if there’s a window it’s sash, function, reveals and sill all part of the inspection. The door type, function, reveals and panels are also inspected as well as the floor coverings, and lighting and power sockets are tested.
Finally a building inspection report should include a certificate of inspection.
A building inspection is highly recommended and sometimes required by mortgage lenders. For more information on property investment see PropertyTutors website and download the following eBooks: