Buildings of different ages have different characteristics and must be assessed against the accepted standards at the time of construction, as well as refurbishment.


For example, a 100 year old building does not comply with virtually any of the current standards, but may still be in serviceable condition for another 100 years with proper maintenance and repairs. It requires an experienced expert to determine the adequacy of buildings of different ages, report on its condition and recommend suitable repairs and/or maintenance.

That expert will identify modifications, changes and renovations and their suitability to a building. This includes changes in roof coverings and roof loads. Many older roof structures are not adequate for current roof tiles.

Buildings of all ages can be affected by cracks as well as deterioration.

Not all cracks in brickwork are structural and the cause of cracking is to be determined and recommendations made if required. Deterioration of mortar can occur over time and can result in dislodgement of brickwork.

During an inspection the visible parts of brickwork are inspected and commented on, including where inadequate concrete slab support is provided. Other external wall claddings, such as shingles and cladding, are visually inspected for likely repairs.

Other external wall claddings, such as shingles and cladding, are visually inspected for likely repairs.

Dampness can be an issue in all buildings, including units. Dampness can enter a building via raised external ground levels, including planter boxes and balconies.

Most modern unit buildings reply on adequacy of waterproofing membranes to prevent leaks or water entry. Inadequate membranes can lead to dampness to internal walls as well as deterioration of timber floors. Waterproofing of hobless showers can be difficult and can be prone to failure.

All electrical and plumbing installation and replacement must be completed by a suitable licensed contractor. Most older buildings contain outdated or some sub-standard, or in cases dangerous, electrical wiring. Our reports do not cover a detailed condition report on electrical or plumbing, but obvious defects are mentioned.

When buying an older house, a purchaser must consider possible repairs to downpipes that may be blocked, damaged, broken or inadequate. It is not possible to accurately report on drainage pipes below ground level or in concealed areas, so it is recommended that a contingency be allowed for possible additional works, particularly on buildings in excess of 20 years old. Where upgrading of stormwater is obvious, then in some cases recommendations are made for a stormwater collection tank to be installed to allow for reuse of water.

All inspections are visual, but are backed up with years of experience in likely defects that should be investigated. Where a timber floor is too close to the ground, then it will not be able to be inspected.

Similarly, where excessive stored goods are retained, or landscaping covers structures then the accessible areas only are inspected.