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Why you need a building warranty inspection report for your new Adelaide home
21 Oct 2019 | Kourosh A
If you're thinking of buying a new home in Adelaide, you should consider carrying out a building warranty inspection report before the keys are handed over. Because while most new homes in Adelaide are built to a high standard, there are a few which do not meet the required level of workmanship.
In our experience, having a building warranty inspection report carried out by an independent 3rd party before committing to purchase helps safeguard your investment. The report will ensure any defects found are fixed by the builder before you move in. And it will give you peace of mind that your new home has been built to a high standard.
Unfortunately, most new home buyers don't get an independent report carried out because they believe any defects are covered by the builder's warranty. So in this article, we are going to look at three popular reasons buyers don't have an inspection report carried out and why this could be a costly mistake.
My builder has a good reputation, I don't need a warranty inspection
It is good that you have researched the reputation of your builder. There are indeed many good builders in Adelaide. But the fact remains that building houses is a complicated process that involves many tradespeople and outside contractors working together. This can lead to mistakes being made, even by the most reputable builders.
So no matter how trustworthy your builder, you should still have an independent building surveyor carry out a building warranty inspection before handover.
Do I need an inspection report if I already have a builder's warranty?
Builders' warranties only cover you for a predefined maintenance period. Structural defects have to be reported within 6 years and 3 months of completion, while non-structural work needs to be reported within 12 months of completion.
Unfortunately, many defects will not show up until after this period has elapsed. This will leave you with expensive repair bills which could have been avoided simply by carrying out a building inspection before handover.
My new home has already been inspected by a surveyor or local council inspector
Many builders claim their homes have already been inspected by a surveyor or local council inspector. But this type of survey is non-intrusive which means they focus only on what they can see. As a result, many structural defects, electrical or plumbing issues will be missed.
It is much more prudent to have a thorough independent inspection carried out by a trusted 3rd party. That way you will have complete peace of mind that your new home has been constructed to the highest possible standard and does not contain any nasty surprises.
If you would like to arrange a building warranty inspection for your new Adelaide home. Complete the booking form here, or give us a call on 1300 657 546. We offer a fixed price service with prices starting at a few hundred dollars, which is a small price to pay for complete peace of mind.