Pre-Purchase Inspections

What is a pre-purchase inspection?

A pre-purchase inspection is an extensive report that details the general condition of a property. There are three levels to a pre-purchase inspection based on the level of detail you require.

Level 1 describes the condition of the property, identifies any risks and potential legal issues, and highlights any urgent defects. Typically the lowest-priced survey, it is aimed at conventional properties and newer homes. It will note defects in the property but will generally not provide advice on how to
manage those defects. Most applicable if if you’re buying a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in good condition.

Level 2 is most suitable for conventional properties that are in reasonable condition and are simple in form and layout (for example, a property that does not have multiple alterations or extensions). The report gives you more detailed information about the property, and ideas about future repairs or maintenance
that may be required. It includes all the features of the Home Survey Level 1 and more extensive roof space and drainage chamber inspection. It includes advice on defects that may affect the property and what maintenance or repairs may be required. Useful if you would like more extensive information while buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.

Level 3 is the most comprehensive survey report. It provides you with an extensive, in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options. Most applicable if if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works.

When do you need a pre-purchase inspection?

If you’re looking to purchase a house or apartment, a pre-purchase inspection is highly recommended to identify any flaws or potential financial pitfalls with
your solicitor. A pre-purchase inspection helps a prospective buyer determine if the purchase is a wise investment or not.

What will be inspected?

  • Boundary check
    • Walls and fences
    • Planning or neighbour issues
  • Grounds
    • Foul drains
    • Rainwater drains
    • Grading
    • Driveways and paths
    • Retaining walls
    • Patios, decks and balconies
    • Steps and rails
    • Gates
    • Large trees
    • Oil tank
    • Sheds, Lean-to’s and garages
    • Roof water discharge
    • Septic tank or secondary treatment system
    • Ventilation of treatment system
    • Access to septic tank
    • Service requirements
    • Shared waste system
    • Percolation areas
    • Shared private system
    • Sealed well house
  • Exterior finishes and components
    • Staining
    • Wildlife
    • Peeling paint
    • Wood joinery/trim
    • Masonry wall finish
    • Exterior doors
    • Windows
    • Gutters and down pipes
    • Exterior water tap
    • Exterior electrical socket and wiring
    • Gas meter
    • Electrical meter
    • Soil stack vent
  • Roof coverings
    • Roof tiles/slates
    • Flat roof
    • Roof flashings
    • Cement pointing/parging
    • Skylights
    • Roof mounted equipment
    • Chimneys
    • Roof ventilation
  • Attic
    • Traditional cut roof timbers
    • Roof trusses
    • Vents
    • Dropped ceiling lights
    • Wiring splices
    • Insulation
    • Moisture penetration
    • Sarking felt/breathable membrane
    • Chimney
    • Water storage tank
    • Other not specified
  • Structure
    • Structural walls
    • Condensation vents
    • Ventilation under timber floors
    • Floors
    • Pyrite
    • Radon vent
    • Fireplaces
  • Toilet / Bathrooms
    • Bathtub and/or shower
    • Walls, floors and ceilings
    • Ventilation
    • Fixtures and fittings
  • Kitchen
    • Sink
    • Seal around sink and worktop
    • Walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, etc.
    • Ventilation
  • Living room
    • Walls, floors and ceilings
    • Electrics
    • Windows and doors
    • Ventilation
    • Smoke alarms
  • Hallways
    • Handrails
    • Steps
    • Safety rails
    • Walls, ceilings and floors
    • Windows and doors
    • Smoke alarms
  • Bedrooms
    • Walls, ceilings and floors
    • Windows and doors
    • Ventilation
    • Smoke alarms
    • Built in closets and wardrobes
  • Electrical
    • Breaker or fuse panel
    • Wiring
    • Smoke alarms
    • Switches and sockets
  • Heating systems
    • Boiler
    • Controls/thermostat
    • Radiators/heat emitters
    • Plumbing to radiators
    • Flue to boiler
  • Plumbing
    • Signs of corrosion
    • Water pressure
    • Drains
    • Toilets flushing properly
  • Insulation
    • Attic insulation
    • Insulation on copper cylinder
    • Insulation over attic hatch
    • Draft seal around attic hatch, exterior doors and window frames
    • Exterior wall insulation
    • Building Energy Rating cert (BER)

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