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Why get a building inspection for your new build?

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When building a new home you might be mistaken for thinking that you don’t need a building inspection, after all, it’s brand new. Issues that you might not see now could cost you dearly in the very near future.

By investing a small amount in a building inspection before the keys of your new build are handed to you, it could save you a lot of time, money and heartache, let’s see why.

Why do I need a building inspection before the build? 

  1. If you want to cross-check whether your builder is sticking to the building codes a building inspection will give you an unbiased opinion; this will ensure that builders have built your home in compliance of all the builder codes and regulations of your state.
  2. It gives you a second set of eyes and ears throughout the process, which will provide you comfort in the structural integrity of your new home build.
  3. A building inspector can give you a comprehensive understanding of the entire process. Contractors will come and go throughout the building process but having a building inspector means someone is looking at the project in its entirety.
  4. Working in the building industry for years, building inspectors like GCPPI know what to look out for and where some of the potential short cuts may be taken, sometimes not even intentionally.
  5. When you want to have a proof read report about the whole process regarding the construction and pre-construction with detailed images and explanations citing each observation of potential improvement.
  6. If you want to save money during the build, and avoid any eminent loss due to a mechanical error which might happen.
  7. To have an insight into the structural strength your build is gaining through your building inspector. Major aspects include:
  • Pre-slab pour inspection.
  • Frame and brickwork inspection.
  • Final handover inspection.
  • Footing inspection.
  • Lockup stage inspection.
  • Waterproofing inspection.
  • Pre-handover / practical completion stage inspection.
  • Fixing stage inspection.

Don’t wait for the cracks to show when you can get GCPPI to ensure the process runs smoothly and you get everything you paid for. Call now!

 

What is a termite barrier and why do I need one?

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Termite barriers are systems that have been specially designed to prevent subterranean termites from gaining access to a property. There are more than 300 species of termites in Australia but only the subterranean termites are the ones that are capable of eating away at your property and undermining its structure.

The different types of termite barriers are:

Physical Termite Barriers

The first type of termite protection is a physical termite barrier.  This can be either a stainless-steel mesh, crushed granite or ant cap.  A physical termite barrier is placed around the outside of the building in the ground or within the external walls. A physical termite barrier does not let termites get access into the property.

Chemical Termite Barriers

One of the amazing termite protection systems used generally comes in a liquid form, it is a chemical termite barrier. It is sprayed underneath the concrete slab or underneath your foundations, and around the external perimeter of the home. A chemical termite barrier system will last for a couple of years, but you do need to have it serviced regularly, as the chemicals break down and lose their efficiency to resist the termites.

Termite Resistant Roof and Wall Frames

An intuitive way to protect your house from termites is using a resistant roof and wall frames. They come in steel or even treated timbers. This system might be of value, but don’t rely on it purely as they are not sufficient for a whole house protection.

Termite Resistant Materials 

These termite resistant materials come in the form of some Australian timbers that are resistant to attack by termites, as are concrete, brick, steel and preservative treated timbers. By using termite resistant materials as well as your termite barriers, you are doubling your chances of a termite-free home.

Why do I need one?

  • Save hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage control.
  • Keep the resell value of your property intact.
  • Maintain peace of mind that your property is safe with a pest control system in place.
  • No one wants to buy a house infested with termites.
  • Keep your property termite free 365 days a year.

Now that you know the importance of a termite barrier, what is stopping you from setting up one? A quick termite inspection will help you realise if your property is termite resistant or if you need to set up a system.

Water damage – just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it is not there

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The beautiful climate of Queensland has always been a draw card for residents and tourists. Our sub-tropical paradise can be quite humid and with it comes torrential rain. Tropical Queensland is not a stranger to regular flooding and the subsequent water damage it causes to homes and properties. Water has the ability to undermine the structural integrity of your property.

Water damage is one of the major concerns of a building inspector, especially if water issues continue to be unaddressed consistently within the property. Moisure and heat provide the ideal habituate for pests and bugs to live and breed.

The best way to protect your property is to make sure it is watertight from the very beginning and with a little ongoing maintenance you will be safe.

Let’s understand some signs of water damage:

Colour change

You can often see a change in the colour of your ceiling or wall when there is a water leak. When you see yellow or brownish stains, you need to seek professional help from a plumber and possibly a builder immediately.

Cracking

Cracks in the walls and ceiling can be a sign of water damage, err on the side of caution and ensure you get them checked.

Odour

Whilst your home my be host to a number of smells, once a musty smell appears it is prudent to carry out some investigations, as water leaks do not go away, they just get worse and so does the damage they cause.

Mould

Mould is a beg sign that there is a water leak of some kind. It is always best to investigate the appearance of mould as it can be detrimental to you and your family’s health.

These are some of the most basic symptoms of water damage. Usually water damage conditions stay unnoticed. Call GCPPI for a building inspection and find out the extent of your water damage today.

Pool safety – will I be in deep water if I don’t comply?

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Pool safety is a legal requirement and you could be in deep water if you don’t comply. Many people are happy to comply with the government regulations as they see the benefits, and the statistics alone since the introduction of mandatory pool fencing shows that it quite simply saves lives.

Water is great for the body and mind, and swimming is a fantastic way to develop cognitive abilities, generate energy, and produce endorphins, which make you feel good.

Whether you are a home or a commercial pool owner, you need to make sure that your family or your clients get all the benefits of a pool without the risk. Owning a pool comes with social responsibility, and those are outlined by Governmental laws, each pool owner must follow the strict compliance to avoid heavy fines.

What happens if I don’t comply?

Local governments have the authority to check any pool fence to ensure safety. If you don’t adhere to government standards you can be issued with on-the-spot fines of $883.05 for residential clients and $2,523 for companies, penalties can be as high as $20,814.75.

If the safety of anyone is compromised as a result of your failure to comply with pool safety standards, you will be held liable.

Having all this valuable information, you may have these Questions:

  • Is my pool Safe for everyone?
  • Is my pool fencing compliant with Queensland lawsso that I may avoid penalties?
  • How can I prevent all these casualties at an affordable cost?

Recommendation:

  • If you have an existing pool fence and not sure if it’s safe enough, have it inspected and if needed, repaired. Don’t forget that, an unsafe pool fence does not follow the law and is still an offence.
  • If you do not have a pool fence, look for a reliable and experienced pool safety inspections company such as GCPPI to have your pool inspected and have a safety fence built properly.
  • Lookout for a building inspector that can provide a wholistic inspection for your pool and walk you through the compliance measures of your local government so you know what to look out for and what needs to be maintained.

Don’t let them eat away at your investment (termites)

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Buying a house is likely the most significant decision you will ever make in your life. When making an investment decision the majority of people tend to look at the large aspects and usually ignore the small ones.

If you want to make sure your investment is not getting eaten up. Read more.

One of the hardest parts about termites is how complex it is to determine whether or not you have a termite infestation. These pests damage wood from the inside out, leaving the exterior spotless and the interior hollow.

Termites or Terminators?

Termites feast upon the wood of your home, and they do it silently. Bare eyes can’t see what’s happening as they devour the structural base of your home. Termites, when given enough unchecked time, can compromise the foundational integrity of your home. They can even destroy your panelling, carpet, furniture, and drywall. In fact they are small terminators ready for destruction!

Silent assassin for your property

A colony of termites can eat up to a pound of wood per day; they do it every day consistently. They are the silent assassin of your property. Save it before it breaks apart! Call a professional building and pest inspector today!

How do I know if my house is termite infested?

  • Loose tiles
  • Pinpoint holes in drywall
  • Mud tubes
  • Damaged and crumbling wood
  • Pinpoint holes in drywall

The importance of a termite inspection:

Value management

A termite inspection by a property inspector guarantees keeping the value of your property intact. A termite infected house is less valuable in the market. Get a termite inspection service today!

Buyer’s value

A pest inspection report adds massive value to your potential buyers and shows them you care for their hard earned money. This provides peace of mind and is a great way to establish trust with the buyers.

Insurance necessity

Many insurance companies require a pre-purchase pest inspection report for the buyers to provide mortgage.

Your Gold Coast experts

Termites love our hot and humid climate on the Gold Coast, but don’t let them move in, call GCPPI for a building and pest inspection.

Don’t judge a book by its cover (what lurks beneath?)

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You might think you are home alone, but what you don’t realise is that there could be un-welcomed guests hiding beneath your property. Although unnoticed by your eyes these creatures too love to breed under or inside your property and love to call it home.

Never judge a book by its cover, just because when you can’t see pests it doesn’t mean they’re not there. If you’ve seen one or two bugs, they probably have friends and family close by.

So, what could be lurking beneath the surface?

Termites

According to a 2014 research, 1 in 4 Australian homes will be affected by termites at least once. Termites can literally eat away the structure of your home, and if you’ve not been keeping up with your termite inspection as remedy it’s highly likely that your insurance will be void.

Bed bugs

They are probably lying underneath your blankets or pillows. Bed bugs live in your bedding, clothes, mattresses etc..and they can give a good bite as you sleep, leaving you with red blemishes on your skin. Bed bugs can cause allergies and asthma, so definitely not a welcome bed guest.

Cockroaches

A common arthropod that strives to survive and reproduce using your resources! Cockroaches are nocturnal and they do most of their feeding and breeding at night. They love any place that is dark and enclosed where they can hide behind any surface. Cockroaches usually carry a multitude of diseases. Get a pest inspection to get rid of them for good.

Ants

Australia is home to more than 1,300 ant species, some poisonous ants too. These ants eat away food and electrical wiring and cables, making them risky guests! Watch out!

Rats

They are humble creatures until they start eating away your hard-earned investment. They tend to hide under your floors or in the ceiling. Clothes, furniture’s, wooden roofs are their favourite desserts. Don’t trust your eyes to catch them. Hire a pest inspection service.

Live a pest-free life on the Gold Coast

Don’t trust the naked eye to identify pests and rodents, Gold Coast Pre-Purchase Inspections are your recommended building and pest inspectors on the Gold Coast. Why not call us and live a pest-free life.

Common pests found in Gold Coast homes | Building and Pest Inspections Gold Coast | Pre-Purchase Inspections

Common pests found in Gold Coast homes

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The Gold Coast attracts millions of people from across the world, tourists come and go but there are also hundreds of thousands of people that are lucky enough to call this slice of paradise home. What attracts most people is the warm climate and of course the beautiful beaches and scenery.

With hot weather comes long days at the beach, great clothes drying weather and unfortunately some other nasty surprises! Not only humans like to stay here, pests too love to call this area home too.

Though some pests are pretty hard to see and catch, chances are they’re around!

Pests are unsanitary, and they don’t have boundaries, so before you settle in and roll out the welcome mat, know that pest infestations can be a major health risk for you and your family.

Prevention is always better than cure.  Any infestation of pests are major concern which can cost big money in damages, shake up the structural strength of your home, decrease resale price and potentially cause harm to your family. Protect you and your family and call your local building and pest inspector to make sure your property is free of pests and enjoy the Gold C0ast lifestyle.

These are most common pests in Gold coast

  • Cockroaches
  • Termites
  • Ants
  • Bedbugs
  • Spiders
  • Mosquitoes
  • Wasps
  • Flies
  • Silverfish
  • Fleas and Ticks
  • Mice and Rats

How to choose the Perfect pest inspection company for your Property?

What makes the perfect pest inspection service for your property?

  1. The company needs to have certified technician to do the task.
  2. The company needs to have a significant amount of experience doing the task.
  3. The company needs to have the latest tools and technology to do the inspection.
  4. They need to provide a comprehensive pest inspection report of your property.

At Gold Coast Pre-Purchase Inspection we have our own qualified pest management technician, David will inspect your property for all pests, he goes above and below to ensure he finds the source of any infestation or damage, so you have peace of mind that any issues are identified before he leaves.With more than 30 years of industry experience and using the latest state of the art technology, David will find all those creepy crawlies, so no stone is left unturned.

Once we’ve identified any issues, we will provide a fully comprehensive report detailing every aspect of infestation including pictures, so you can move forward with the remedy.

A building and pest inspection for your investment property | Building and Pest Inspections Gold Coast | Pre-Purchase Inspections

A building and pest inspection for your investment property

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When we make purchases we tend to do our due diligence, we check prices, compare with other providers and check reviews. When it comes to buying a home, you need to use the same rationale.

Choosing the right building and pest inspection provider is an important decision, when you are essentially trusting their advice to make a 30-year investment.

So, what does make the perfect building and pest inspection service?

Let us understand the factors:

Pest inspection report

The building inspector will provide a pest inspection report after inspecting the whole property. It will include the details of the observation of infestation and remedies for a sustainable solution for preventing further infestations in the future.

Building inspection report

The perfect building inspector will provide a building inspection report identifying all the weaknesses, signs of damage, leakage and non-compliance issues. It will be a holistic report with a detailed description showing you effective measures and actionable plans to get the property in top shape.

Registered builder

To get a comprehensive building and pest inspection look for a building inspector that is also a registered builder. A registered builder is very familiar with the latest building standards and codes, so they will know if there are compliance issues in your property.

Independent of the real estate agent

Think twice before hiring the building inspector that your real estate agent recommends; choose your own so you can be assured they are unbiased.

Experience

The experience of your building inspector is vital for a quality and expert inspection on your property. Look out for companies that have more than 20 years+ experience.

Your building and pest inspections company should be able to provide a report within 24hours of your inspection, so you have access to all the facts in a timely manner.

5 major problems your building and pest inspector finds that should set off Alarm bells | Building and Pest Inspections Gold Coast | Pre-Purchase Inspections

5 major problems your building and pest inspector finds that should set off Alarm bells

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Building inspections are a vital part of buying or selling a home. For prospective buyers and sellers alike, having a rigorous building inspection is the most effective way of determining the overall structural value of a property.

People wishing to buy property are in a more informed position to make a prudent financial position with a building and pest inspection. A building and pest inspection provide you with peace of mind that there are no underlying structural issues that can lead to costly repairs.

The 5 major problems that should set off alarm bells are:

Drainage/water issues

Water is the source of all life, but when buying or selling a property, water can be the source of all danger too. Water leakages in and around the property can be a major issue that undermines the value of the property.

Plumbing issues

The plumbing system in any home is a complex one, and also can be the source of bad results on a professional building inspection Plumbing defects are among the most common problems discovered by professional building inspectors, and can affect the value of a property if they’re not properly addressed.

Roof problems

Many people believe that because a roof has a long-life span, and because it looks visibly sound, a quick glance can be enough. But even exceptional quality roofs can have problems that are not easily visible by the naked eye.

Termite infestation

A major issue that would get your alarm bells ringing is a termite infestation! A termite population is dangerous not only to the structural integrity of your house but also for the safety of you and your family. A termite infestation is most likely to happen in moist conditions. Ask for a pest inspection report for your home!

Structural Movements

When a property shows signs of displacement in the main elements of the building, this could be a sign of structural movement. Macro movements in homes happen all the time. A structural displacement is a threat to the safety of you and your family. A Professional building inspector will help you identity and repair the risks.

your trusted building and pest inspector on the Gold Coast

As soon as you see any of the warning signs mentioned above it is time you call your trusted building and pest inspector on the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Pre-Purchase Building Inspections are at the helm to ensure you make the right purchase for you.

 

What to expect from a home inspection | Building and Pest Inspections Gold Coast | Pre-Purchase Inspections

What to expect from a home inspection?

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Even if you have little to no idea about home inspection, getting to know about what to expect from a home inspection is going to be helpful, because you don’t want to miss out on the details about important and essential aspects. When you’re thinking about buying a new or an old house, you have to spend a huge amount of money. That much of big investment should be carefully done and properly inspected and investigated beforehand.

Accompany the home inspector

It is recommended that you go along with your inspection professional who will be detailing every inch of the house to find any kind of problems or issues that require attention, repairing and maintenance.

A top to bottom review includes structure, electrical systems, plumbing systems, roof, ceilings, walls, floors, windows and doors checking. Alongside commenting on each aspect, the inspector should also provide you with a completely justified and objective opinion about the overall condition of the home.

A good inspector has eye for detail

A professional home inspector will point out details and potential problems you might have not notice. This is sure to save you a lot of money which otherwise you would have to spend behind repairing and maintenance. However, it should also be kept in mind that although professional and experienced inspectors are very good at what they do; there might be some hidden issues, which might not be noticeable at first and remain at a very low level, only to be exposed at a later time.

Pay attention

Take notice of how the inspectors give you their verdict, because professional inspectors will never present you with biased and incomplete observations without any evidence or proper explanation. The main purpose here is to uncover the issues of that particular home. There will be a detailed report, which will cover check-lists, pictures, notes and other important details about the home.

And last but not the least, there will be recommendations for each of these as well as an overall evaluation along with suggestions to cope up and fix those issues, should you purchase the property.