Buying: Is your new home hazard free?

Buying your dream home often comes with an overwhelming feeling of excitement and while you focus on your natural lit hallway, an entertainment balcony or rainfall shower head, you can often turn a blind eye to the common hazards lurking within the property.

Although building inspections are not a safety audit, experienced inspectors can identify what needs to be done to make your dream home comfortable and safe.

Absent Smoke Alarms

By law, smoke alarms must be installed on or near the ceiling in a hallway or an area close to bedrooms. If you have just purchased a multi-storey home, a smoke alarm will need to be installed on each level. While you’re busy walking in and out of every bedroom, you may forget to look up and check out the ceiling. This is what your building inspector will do for you, ensuring it complies with the Australian Standard.

High Risk Structures

Your entertainment balcony is now large enough to host all your family and friends for a house-warming BBQ, so having your building inspector identify if it has been well maintained, free of termite damage, fungal decay and rot is necessary. Although it might look strong and appealing, you may need to get some structural work done so the balcony can safely hold a crowd of people.

Hot Water Tempering Devices

If you are the first buyer of your dream home since 2013, your hot water system will unlikely meet the current standards. Don’t fret, your building inspector will be able to identify whether your hot water system is delivering water which is heated to minimum of 60 degrees Celsius to prevent the growth of bacteria, and then distributed to taps of all sanitary fixtures (baths, shower, basin) at a maximum of 50 degrees Celsius to avoid scalding-related injuries. If not, your building inspector will be able to point you in the right direction of a licensed plumber so you can be under your rainfall shower head in no time at all.

Time and time again, we see dream homes look perfect but are later revealed to have defects – often fixable but it can be costly. Don’t be caught out, get a FREE Quote for your building inspection with APM Solutions today.

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