Why should I have a Building Inspection?
We all become blind to what we see every day. Having a QBM independent expert inspect the property, will provide an inspection that is guaranteed to identify all faults and issues.
A recent survey of a unit complex identified major structural problems with structural support posts to the stairs, landings and balconies. The steel supporting posts were rusted completely through in many areas meaning that the concrete stairs were self supporting and unstable.
The repair build will now be in excess of $100,000.
Had a building inspection been conducted regularly over the previous years, then the rusting to the steel support posts would have been identified, and remedial actions proposed to treat the rust before it became a structural fault. The saving of many thousands of dollars would have resulted.
By having a building inspection today, QBM will identify the often missed and neglected small issues that need to be treated to ensure they do not deteriorate into structural faults, as well as the major faults that are readily identifiable.
What are some of the issues identified?
4 year ago, this was a $40 job to fix the leaking downpipe. Now the steel post has rusted through and must be replaced at a cost of $550.
The rusting problems with this handrail should have been identified years ago and repaired for minimal cost. Now the rust has eaten through the steel and the entire railing needs to be replaced.
Most people let little maintenance items slide as they don’t think it is worth repairing now or do not want to spend any money.
This is where QBM comes into their own, inspecting properties from a builder’s point of view. Identifying the small issues while the faults are small and relatively inexpensive to rectify.
It has been our experience that a majority of reports are issued without either anyone having visited the site or a non-qualified person carried out the inspection and missing details such as, the starting of rust and concrete cancer, the beginnings of dry rot, loose tiles. Hence, within a couple of years these can turn into major and expensive building faults.
Timber decks make and ideal entertaining area. But can be a maintenance nightmare as well a serious safety hazard. Regular maintenance inspections are a must.
What are the risks?
- Balcony collapse
- Serious injury or death
- Large replacement costs
What to look for?
- Loose nails
- Rotten timber framing
- Termite damage
- Deteriorating flooring from a lack of sealant
Metal door frames are a major concern due to their tendency to rust. Replacement is a costly exercise. These can be patched and treated at minimal costs if identified early. A maintenance inspection will identify these issues and make recommendations for repairs.
With over 30 years experience in the building industry, QBM has the knowledge and expertise to assist you from an inspection to the project management of any works that are required on your property. We have managed projects valued from $1000 to multi million dollar projects. We are confident of always having a satisfied client, as QBM stand by our adage.
“Quality service at value for money prices equals a happy client.”
QBM’s Maintenance Inspection and report covers:
Don’t let it get to this stage. QBM would have identified this earlier.