Total Home Inspections News

2 March 2022

Perth’s Hidden Secrets: Uncovering the true condition of your property

For most of us our home is one of the most expensive purchases we will make, and it is also a purchase that will need to be lived in for years, if not decades, so it’s imperative that we know as much about the property as we can before committing to buy. However, many people still fail to uncover the hidden secrets in their potential new homes before buying it, and don’t know what dangers may arise when you don’t know about these hidden troubles beforehand. Undoubtably, the best way to find any hidden defects and damages within Perth homes is by obtaining a Building Inspection report from Total Home Inspections.

The most common issues and defects that we see in Perth homes include:

  • Water damage
  • Structural defects
  • Termite activity
  • Electrical faults

Not knowing about these potential issues before buying a home usually becomes much more expensive and inconvenient to fix once you’ve moved in. Some homes could have serious safety hazards too, so if buyers don’t do their research, they could be getting themselves into trouble before even moving into their new home.

It should go without saying that the first step you should take before committing to buying a home is to organise a Professional Building Inspections Perth. Hiring a professional is always recommended simply because, experts have the knowledge and experience to know exactly what to look for and where the hidden secrets are most likely to be found.

So where do these costly hidden secrets usually occur?

Foundations walls & ceilings – A professional building inspector will check the foundations and walls, where possible, for cracks and other structural issues. Also, they should be on the lookout for any water damage which could indicate there is a leak somewhere.

Roof Cavities – Checking for signs of pest infestation such as termites, borers or even cockroaches by looking for mud tubes around the home where there is timber and checking for excessive pest droppings in hidden areas of the home.

Ventilation systems – Ensuring proper ventilation will assist in avoiding issues with dampness around the home, as well as good drainage so excess moisture doesn’t accumulate anywhere as this has the potential to cause mould and other types of water damage. 

Due to the complexity of finding these hidden issues and the significant financial distress these issues can cause, it is highly recommended that any Perth home buyers engage a Professional Building Inspector who can easily identify any potential problems, so you don’t get stuck with major repair costs after moving into the new property.  The team at Total Home Inspections can take care of all your professional building inspection needs so that you can be sure that your investment is secure.