The Finalinspect inspection process involves a comprehensive check of the inside and outside of the relevant building(s) as well as the surrounding land upon which the building(s) are constructed.
We inspect all external aspects of the building and surrounds including: roof line, flashing, eaves, gutters, downpipes, walls, windows, glazing, doors, stairs, porches, balconies, safety barriers, paint finish, boundary fences, car accommodation, clothes lines, council crossings and footpaths for damage during construction, driveways, landscaping, paths/paving, retaining walls, steps, stormwater run off, drainage and taps.
We also inspect all internal aspects of the building including: ceilings, cornice, walls, architraves, skirting boards, floor structure and covering, cupboards, drawers, shelving, wardrobes, vanity units, fly screens, ventilation, paint finish, doors, windows, glazing, stairs, fittings and appliances.
We pay particular attention to defects or aspects of a home, apartment, unit, townhouse, office, shop, factory or warehouse that may cause serious health problems for asthmatics and/or people who suffer from various allergies.
If relevant and accessible, we also thoroughly inspect the roof space and sub-floor space for any defects.
All building inspection reports prepared by Finalinspect include a summary description of the building and surrounds, and itemise all defects that are apparent at the time of the inspection.
Some of the more important items examined and noted by Finalinspect include:
Foundations and Footings
External and internal walls are visually checked for cracking or signs of movement.
The physical appearance of bricks used and the correctness of the laying of brickwork is thoroughly checked.
Mortar is checked for any signs of visible imperfections, weakness or crumbling etc. A simple test is conducted to assess the strength of mortar. A further check by an accredited testing laboratory may be recommended.
Damp Proof Course (DPC)
A check is conducted to determine the presence of a DPC. If the omission of a DPC appears to have caused dampness, we advise you of this, and provide solutions on how this problem can be treated.
Plumbing works, fixtures or fittings are checked to see if they are in order. Any leaks, drainage problems or other defects (e.g. lack of water pressure, slow drainage etc.) are noted.
Poor site run-off or lack of connection of downpipes to stormwater drainage that results in obvious boggy areas is noted.
The condition of the meter and switchboard, power point testing in at least 5 locations, and visual examination of the wiring in the roof space (where accessible) and elsewhere, is checked to assess the state of electrical wiring. A further check by a licensed electrical contractor may be recommended.
The roof covering and its associated plumbing (i.e. flashing, gutters and downpipes) are visually inspected to detect any defects (e.g. broken tiles, leaks, blocked downpipes, etc.).
Roof and Sub-floor Structure
Visual inspections from access points are undertaken to determine the condition of the structural components. Any apparent signs of sagging, lack of support, moisture, rot or faulty services are noted.
The presence and adequacy of roof space insulation is reported on, where accessible.
Imperfections / inconsistencies in paint finish are noted. Thin paint or inadequate coats of paint are also reported.
Floors, skirting, architraves, walls, cornice, ceilings, doors, cupboards, appliances, etc.
All visible defects are noted.