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Negotiate on price with a building and pest inspection report

Negotiate on price with a building and pest inspection report

When you’re looking to buy a house, you want to use your money wisely. There are many associated costs that come with buying property, not to mention the actual price of the house itself. It’s understandable that home buyers want to minimise their outgoing costs and...

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Negotiate on price with a building and pest inspection report

When you’re looking to buy a house, you want to use your money wisely. There are many associated costs that come with buying property, not to mention the actual price of the house itself. It’s understandable that home buyers want to minimise their outgoing costs and only pay for things that are absolutely essential.

If you’re weighing up whether it’s worth spending a couple of hundred dollars on a building inspection, here’s what you need to know.

 

You could avoid a terrible purchase

A building and pest inspection is one of the most valuable services when you’re looking to buy a house. When obtained before you purchase the property, the inspection can help you avoid having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars if it reveals extensive damage, you were not aware of that would cost a fortune to repair. A termite infestation is just one reason potential buyers reconsider buying a home. If an inspector does discover termites, the report could help you avoid making a costly property purchase, one that could have been a waste of hundreds of thousands of dollars of your money.

A building and pest inspection can help you negotiate property price

A building and pest inspection can actually work in your favour. If it reveals significant damage or a pest problem, then you may, depending on your situation, be able to re-negotiate on the asking price of the house. You could save thousands of dollars off the asking price with the leverage of a building report. Director of Rapid Building Inspections, Daniel Watts, says “We’ve had many clients thank us for our reports, as the issues we have identified have allowed them to negotiate up to tens of thousands of dollars off the price of a house.”

But how exactly do you use a building and pest inspection to negotiate on price? Here are the most important questions to ask yourself

1. Is there major damage?

If you want to negotiate the price of the property, it’s best to have some understanding of how property value is calculated. Every home that isn’t brand new will have wear and tear from the previous tenant. You should take into account how severe that damage is. For example, a cupboard that has come off its hinge is a defect, but it’s a very easy fix.Examples of potentially major issues include things like:
  • a termite infestation
  • significant cracks or damage to the concrete stumps that support the house
  • severe rusting to the roofing
  • unauthorised building work
  • water penetration and rising damp
  • cracks to kitchen tiles, outdoor tiling, or roofing
  • cracked windows, dents in screen doors or garage doors
  • leaking taps
  • areas of rust
  • damage to the fence
  • stiff doors and windows that don’t open easily
  • chips or cracks in the porcelain of the toilet or bath
If you find any of these issues in the house you want to buy, you could negotiate a reduction based on the cost for repair. It’s a good idea to get a quote from a builder or relevant repairer and use this amount to negotiate with the seller. It may not be a saving overall, as you will still have to follow through on repairs, but it could allow you to avoid doubling up on costs by paying full price for the house.

2. Is there minor damage?

If you find any of these issues in the house you want to buy, you could negotiate a reduction based on the cost for repair. It’s a good idea to get a quote from a builder or relevant repairer and use this amount to negotiate with the seller. It may not be a saving overall, as you will still have to follow through on repairs, but it could allow you to avoid doubling up on costs by paying full price for the house.Some minor damages you might want to look out for include:
  • Paint blemishes
  • Damaged internal door handles
  • Cracked or scuffed floor tiles in living areas
  • Door and windows that don’t operate smoothly
  • Missing light fittings
  • Internal doors jamming
  • Minor settlement cracking to walls
While each of these problems aren’t particularly significant, together they amount to be enough of a problem that you could negotiate with the seller. Daniel Watts says, “Our reports identify defects to the property – this allows the buyer to better estimate potential costs that they may incur if they purchase the property – they can then choose to absorb those costs or use the defects as a means to negotiate with due to the potential cost associated with rectifying these.”

3. What is your purpose for buying?

Investors who plan significant renovations can sometimes secure a great deal on a damaged property. Serious issues like a termite infestation could work in your favour if you’re planning to tear it down and build something new. The seller doesn’t have to be aware of your plans, and you can potentially negotiate thousands of dollars off the asking price. Major issues with the concrete stumps could also help you to save a significant amount. The seller might not have many options if their property is unsound, and this could translate to major savings for you.

4. How many offers does the seller have?

To negotiate a better price on a property is just that, a negotiation. It takes some insight and skill to ask for a reduced price without overplaying your hand. One of the things that can help your negotiate the price is to gauge how many offers the seller has received. If you’re attending an open home inspection, ask yourself – how many other people were there? Did many people talk to the real estate agent in depth? Does it seem to be a popular property in a good area at a reasonable asking price?If you’re competing with too many other buyers, then your negotiations could be weakened. If you push too hard for a price reduction, then the seller may simply move onto the next applicant. On the other hand, if the seller doesn’t seem to have any other offers, you could be in a better place to start a conversation about the condition of the house and to place your counter-offer.

5. Is the seller in a hurry?

Similarly, the timeline of the seller may also inform how willing they are to negotiate. Often a seller has bought a new house and is selling their current property. If their timeline is more pressing, they may be incentivised to close the sale as soon as possible. Leaving their home on the market as they move into their new property might be a costly position for them to be in. You may find that they are happy to accept an adjusted price just to deal with the situation quickly.While you can use this information to determine your negotiating power, one of the key things you’ll need to get started is a building and pest inspection. Use the inspection report to assess the property and then negotiate on price wherever you can.

Read what some of our previous customers have to say:

* Valid for all reports that have been paid for prior to inspection. The 24-hour guarantee applies on completion of the inspection and report sent out during normal business hours. For example, if the inspection has been completed on Friday or the day before a public holiday, it will be delivered on the following business day.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today

We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.
We offer a wide range of services and inspect more than 10,000 homes a year. So, whether you are looking for a building inspection in Townsville, a pre-purchase pest and building inspection in Perth or anywhere in between, our services are trusted nationwide. We also provide depreciation schedules and building inspections in Sydney!
We’re on your side, and we’re here to help!
This article is provided for general information purposes only. Its content is current at the date of publication. It is not legal or financial advice and is not tailored to meet your individual needs. You should obtain specialist advice based on your specific circumstances before taking any action concerning the matters discussed in this article.

Get a Depreciation Schedule and you could save thousands

A Depreciation Schedule could entitle you to thousands of dollars back on your tax return

Make the most of your tax return

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and if you own an investment property and want to maximise your return it may be a good time to organise a Depreciation Schedule.

More information about lodgement due dates, including concessions, can be found on the ATO’s website.

What can you do to maximise your return?

Our Rapid Building Inspections team have teamed up with SJB Quantity Surveyors to make depreciation scheduling easier than ever. If you have an investment property, then getting a Depreciation Schedule will allow you to claim more on your tax return. It takes our team about 30 minutes to complete the inspection needed for your Depreciation Schedule and, depending on your circumstances, it could entitle you to thousands of dollars back with your tax return.

Sounds pretty good, right? Keep reading to find out more about Depreciation Schedules and how they work.

What is a Depreciation Schedule?

A Depreciation Schedule is like a building report for your investment property. It records all the different parts of your property and forecasts the rate their value will depreciate over time. Our schedules can be back dated 40 years, so you might even be able to claim from years you’ve missed, and if you are eligible to make a claim the cost of the schedules will be fully tax deductible.

The Depreciation Schedule is broken down into three main categories – Capital Works, Plant and Equipment, and Capital Improvements.

Capital Works or Building Allowance

This refers to most fixtures and fittings such as the kitchen cabinets, windows, doors, locks, sinks, bath, or swimming pool. These usually make up around 90% of your total claim.

Plant and Equipment

This refers to items that can be removed from the building. It includes things like carpet, blinds, air conditioners, hot water systems, smoke alarms and ceiling fans.

Capital Improvements

This refers to any renovations or improvements made to a property and comprise of Plant and Equipment items and Building Allowance items.

All of the above items will have their own rate of depreciation, which is documented for you in the Depreciation Schedule.

You can find more information in our article on Depreciation Schedules. But if you’d like to get moving on booking your schedule, let’s get you set up with one today.

Book your Depreciation Schedule now

Why choose Rapid?

Our team are efficient, reliable, and ready to help. Getting your Depreciation Schedule could save you a lot of money. If you’re eligible to make a claim then in the first year that you claim depreciation on your investment property from the ATO, we believe your claim will be at least twice the amount of the cost that you pay to us for the Depreciation Schedule. If not, we’ll give your money back*. You’ve got everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

Get ready for EOFY and get your Depreciation Schedule today. Book yours now.

Still have questions or you’d like to speak to someone? Get in touch with a member of our team. We’re more than happy to help.

* Applies to the first full financial year. Offer not valid for second-hand properties purchased after 09/05/2017. Money back is limited to cost paid for the preparation of the Depreciation Schedule.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.

We offer a wide range of services and inspect more than 10,000 homes a year. So, whether you are looking for a building inspection in Perth, a pre-purchase pest and building inspection in Melbourne or anywhere in between, our services are trusted nationwide. We even provide dilapidation reports and building inspections in Hobart!

We’re on your side, and we’re here to help!

4 tips to get your home ready for autumn

At Rapid, our team of trade experts inspect hundreds of houses every week. We’ve seen it all. From pristine properties to damaged disasters. But often the worst problems are ones that could have been avoided.

It’s true, weather, pests, and the quality of the build all contribute to the condition of your house. But one of the most important factors is how you maintain it.

With the right information you can keep your house in its best possible condition. Knowing how to take care of your home can save you from major problems like damp, termites and other issues.

As the seasons change, the work your house needs will change as well. Here are our top tips for autumn.

 

Keep your house in good condition with these 4 autumn maintenance tips.

1. Clean your gutters

Be prepared for the winter rains with clear and flowing gutters. Falling leaves and sticks can easily build up which causes water to overflow. Clear gutters will:

  • help you gather rainwater in your tanks
  • keep your house safe from water damage
  • prevent excess water to pool around and under your house.

Excess water can affect the soil around your foundations which could destabilise the footing and cause the whole building to move. Movement at a foundational level can be very serious, it has the potential to impact the whole structure of your house.

Bonus tip: once you’ve cleared your gutters, you may also want to install a gutter guard to protect them from falling leaves and debris.

2. Check your termite barrier is in date

It’s important that your house is protected against termites. If left untreated termites can do incredible damage to your property. Make sure you have a termite barrier installed to keep your home safe. If you already have a termite barrier, it’s important that you speak with a pest technician to make sure it’s still in date.

Your termite barrier will last for several years but eventually they expire, leaving your house vulnerable. Unfortunately, termites are active in every season, so this autumn make sure your house is protected against these pests.

Bonus tip: Look for mudding slowly making its way up your external walls or pipes, this can be a sign of termites working. Don’t disturb the mudding but call a building and pest inspector to assess it for you.

3. Bad ventilation

Door seals cover the gap between the bottom of the external door and the floor. They’re especially important in autumn and winter not only to keep the house warm inside, but also to keep water out.

With colder weather, heavy rainfall and high winds, it’s important to make sure your doors work to keep your house weatherproof. Protect yourself against cold and wet weather by making sure your door seals are properly installed and working.

Bonus tip: Weather strips on doors and windows are a cost-effective way to stop air leaks and manage heating costs.

4. Check your window frames

If your window frames are made from timber, it’s important to make sure they’re thoroughly painted. The paint works to seal and protect timber from absorbing moisture. Unsealed frames will contract and expand from the moisture in the autumn air, which can cause them to swell and jam.

Always make sure to check if the windows are painted properly, paying close attention to top and bottom which are often missed. Stay warm and dry this autumn, by making sure all window frames are painted, sealed, and ready for the cold weather.

Use these tips to make sure your house is ready for autumn. Take some time now to check your gutters, door seals, window frames and termite barrier. A little bit of work now can save you from all sorts of problems in the season ahead.

If you’d like an assessment of your property from a trade professional, book a building and pest inspection with Rapid today.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.
We offer a wide range of services and inspect more than 10,000 homes a year. So, whether you are looking for a building inspection in Perth, a pre-purchase pest and building inspection in Melbourne or anywhere in between, our services are trusted nationwide. We even provide dilapidation reports and building inspections in Hobart!
We’re on your side, and we’re here to help!

Make sure your house can handle summer storms

Australia’s summers are famous for long, hot days and beautiful beaches. But the summer heat also brings heavy storms. Which means that you want to make sure that your house is ready and weatherproof to handle them.

But the summer rains are also a great opportunity too. It actually means that summer is the best time to get a building inspection.

How to make sure your house is weatherproof
Every building has structural aspects that are important for weatherproofing. These are what a building inspector will make sure to examine when they inspect your house. While your house may look fine to you, there can be cracks and gaps that let water in and can have a damaging and costly impact.

There are several reasons your house may not be weatherproof:

  • It may be a design problem, like the landscape of the garden that causes rain runoff to move towards your building.
  • Or it could be damage over time like cracked or missing roof tiles that lets rain into the building.
  • Thirdly, it could be a maintenance issue – like letting your gutters fill with leaves, so that water cannot flow easily.
A trained building inspector will be taking note of all these types of issues and will spend time examining the joining of exterior walls, the drains, and sealing around windows. All of these factors contribute to a weatherproof house, and any one weakness can end up costing thousands in damages. You also can visit racv.com.au to ensure that you’re covered in the event of a flood.

A rainy season is the best time to get a building inspection
But there is good news too. The summer storms are actually a big help to building inspectors. The behaviour of water and the weakness of a building are both on display when it’s raining. Inspectors can easily spot problem areas during rainfall, which might be harder to spot when it’s dry. Which means the seller can’t hide the structural issues that would help to inform your decision.

  • During the rainy season, inspectors can monitor gutters not holding water or flowing the wrong direction.
  • They can see areas where the roof is leaking due to cracked roof tiles, damaged flashing and silicon sealants.
  • Leaks will show up inside the house, with areas of damp or moisture on the walls. But In the dryer months these problem areas can be painted over and are harder to detect.
  • The flow of water also shows any major gaps or cracks in the exterior walls.
  • As well as yard drainage issues caused by landscaping around the house, or water flowing under the house.
Being able to spot these issues is very important. No matter how nice the house may look, if it isn’t weatherproof then it will cause a lot of problems for you and involve a lot of costs and repairs.

If you’d like to check a house for weatherproofing, just get in touch with our expert team today. We can send an inspector to you right away to check your drainage, sealants, roof tiles, and more.

Book an inspection now.

 

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.
This article is provided for general information purposes only. Its content is current at the date of publication. It is not legal advice and is not tailored to meet your individual needs. You should obtain specialist advice based on your specific circumstances before taking any action concerning the matters discussed in this article.

New year, new home

January is one of the best times to buy a property. The new year brings new jobs, new schools, new starts and new opportunities. It’s also one of the busiest times for the real estate market.

The good weather and longer daylight hours means lots more open-house inspections. As many Australians buy and move in January, it’s also very important that you get a building and pest inspection. We’ve put together some of the top reasons why for you.

Make a smart choice
When you’re buying a house there are a lot of things to consider. You’re looking for the right size at the right price in the right neighbourhood. But on top of all these things, you want to make sure that it’s structurally sound and free from nasty pests. No matter how good the photos look in a real estate magazine, you want to have all the facts before you make a decision. A building and pest inspection lifts the veil and uncovers more about the property. Get all the facts before you make a decision so that you can be sure you’re making a smart choice.

Make a good investment
It’s a big financial decision to buy a house. For most of us, it’s not something we do very often. Which is all the more reason you want to get a building and pest inspection, to make sure all that money is going to the right place. It may seem like another expense being added on top, but it could save you from spending hundreds of thousands, or millions on the wrong property. Make sure you’re making a good investment when you buy, get a building and pest inspection first.

Save yourself thousands
The truth is you can’t afford not to get a building and pest inspection. If you buy a house without a proper inspection, you could be taking on thousands of dollars of repairs down the road. From drainage problems to cracks in the outer walls, as well as mould and possible termite infestations. People sell houses for all sorts of reasons, and it’s worth being mindful that some are trying to pass on a damaged property. Don’t get caught out.

At Rapid, we’re committed to helping Aussies buy the right property. Our impartial team of qualified trade experts use the latest technology to make sure the building you’re buying is up to scratch. Make a smart choice this new year when you buy, and book one of our inspectors to view the property for you.

Book an inspection today.

 

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.
This article is provided for general information purposes only. Its content is current at the date of publication. It is not legal advice and is not tailored to meet your individual needs. You should obtain specialist advice based on your specific circumstances before taking any action concerning the matters discussed in this article.

Building Inspections during Covid-19

This year has been challenging and unexpected. For families and businesses across the world, there have been new difficulties to overcome and lots of work to adapt to our new normal.

Our team has worked hard to prepare and make sure we can keep helping Aussies buy property. Because we can’t do our job remotely, we’ve put in various measures in accordance with government guidelines to keep you and our inspectors safe.

“Safety is our number one priority,” says Rapid’s managing director Daniel Watts, “which is why we’ve taken this situation seriously and we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe”.

Here are just a few ways we’ve adapted our business during Covid-19.

Education
We took time to educate all our inspectors on the dangers of Covid-19, the safety precautions we would need to follow, as well as all the latest government regulations. This means our team are able to take a lead when they’re on-site, to make sure that everyone is following the safety plan. On top of this, we are providing regular government updates and health department advice to all our inspectors.

Protection
All our team members use masks, gloves and medical-grade sanitiser whenever working. We want to make sure that when we’re inspecting homes, we are keeping you safe and keeping our team safe.

Information
It is our responsibility to keep you and our inspectors safe. Which is why we now have a series of questions for everyone who requests an inspection. We make sure we know exactly who will be at the premises before attending. And we request confirmation that no one is unwell, has been overseas recently, or is quarantining at home.

Distancing
Of course, we are also following social distancing practices. We have reduced our inspectors from two down to one at all our inspections. We don’t make physical contact with our customers – no handshakes, etc.

We have been quick to respond to the challenges of Covid-19 so that we can keep helping Australians across the country to inspect their homes. If you need a building inspection, our team are ready to help.

Book an inspection today.

 

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.
This article is provided for general information purposes only. Its content is current at the date of publication. It is not legal advice and is not tailored to meet your individual needs. You should obtain specialist advice based on your specific circumstances before taking any action concerning the matters discussed in this article.

How to avoid fire danger in your attic

For Australians, summer is all about family time, holidays and celebrations. But it’s also a season of extreme weather which can cause potential dangers around your home.

In the extreme heat, your house can experience changes in its internal climate as the season goes on. Roof spaces in houses are particularly prone to trapping heat as the sun beats down from outside and the hot air rises inside.

If your attic and roof spaces aren’t properly prepared for the summer heat, then there could be disastrous effects. It’s not uncommon for fires to break out in attics from the combination of insulation, wooden interior and the extreme heat. But there are things you can do to make sure your home is safe this summer.

Here are some trade tips from our team of inspectors to help make sure your house stays cool in the heat.

1. Make sure your roof space isn’t over-filled. Tightly packed storage boxes can quickly become kindling for a fire. Dried out cardboard boxes and files and folders of paper are the number one cause of attic fires. Prepare for summer with some clear space between your storage boxes. Keep air flow as a priority to make sure the temperature of your roof space is able to stay regulated and low.

2. Install a whirlybird in your roof to keep the temperature down. Fires are easily started with hot, stagnant air, and overheated materials. Installing a whirlybird means you allow for air to continually travel in and out. Whirlybirds are proven to reduce temperatures by several degrees.

3. Consider your roof tiles. If you live in a particularly hot area of the country, it may be worth your while to have light-coloured tiles. In places where the sun is particularly intense, the colour of roof tiles can make a big difference. It’s been proven that light coloured roof tiles can lower the air temperature in the roof space by up to 9ºC.

4. Always be prepared for the worst. Taking these precautions is a wise decision, but in the event that all preventative measures fail, you will want to be ready. Always have a fire extinguisher in your house. Make sure that it has been inspected and is in-date. Smoke detectors are life-saving devices. Always have them installed throughout your house, particularly in any potentially dangerous rooms. RACV insurance will ensure that you have the right coverage for your own peace of mind.

We’re committed to helping Australians stay safe and secure at home. If you’re interested in a building and pest inspection, our team are ready to help.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.
This article is provided for general information purposes only. Its content is current at the date of publication. It is not legal advice and is not tailored to meet your individual needs. You should obtain specialist advice based on your specific circumstances before taking any action concerning the matters discussed in this article.

Want to claim thousands on your tax? Keep reading

If you own an investment property but haven’t got a depreciation schedule, you could be missing out on claiming thousands of dollars on your tax return.

Everyone knows buying property is a good investment because a house has the potential to be worth more than what you paid for it, longer term. But did you know while the property itself is gaining value, the actual building and its contents are depreciating. This wear and tear on your investment could actually be earning you money.

Seasoned property investors know this, but many others are none the wiser resulting in thousands of dollars going unclaimed every year. “Research shows that 80% of property investors are failing to take advantage of property depreciation” says Mark Chapman, H&R Block’s Director of Tax Communications, “because they have not obtained a professionally produced depreciation schedule.”

Let us explain.

Since the value of your building depreciates every year, you can claim for the depreciation from the Australian Tax Office. But in order to get those savings, you first need a depreciation schedule from a quantity surveyor.

What is a depreciation schedule?

It’s a document that includes details of your building and forecasts how certain parts such as fixtures, fittings and common areas will reduce in value over time. It essentially outlines the exact amount of tax deductions for depreciation that you’re entitled to claim.

The Depreciation Schedule is broken down into three main categories – Capital Works, Plant and Equipment, and Capital Improvements.

Capital Works or Building Allowance
This refers to anything that is structural and attached to the building. Things like the kitchen cabinets, windows, doors, locks, sinks, bath, or swimming pool. These usually make up around 90% of your total claim.

Plant and Equipment
This refers to items that can be removed from the building. It includes things like carpet, blinds, air conditioners, hot water systems, smoke alarms and ceiling fans.

Capital Improvements
This refers to any renovations or improvements made to a property and comprise of Plant and Equipment items and Building Allowance items.

All of the above items will have their own rate of depreciation, which is documented for you in the Depreciation Schedule.

Our Rapid Building Inspections team have teamed up with SJB Quantity Surveyors to make depreciation scheduling easier than ever. Together we can complete a schedule in about half an hour so you can provide it to your accountant as quickly possible. Your accountant will then use the Depreciation Schedule to start claiming tax back for you.

Our schedules can be back dated 40 years, so you can even claim from years you’ve missed and they’re fully tax deductible. In the first year that you claim depreciation on your investment property from the Australian Tax Office, we believe your claim will be at least twice the amount of the cost that you pay to us for the preparation of the Depreciation Schedule. If not, we’ll give your money back *.

Be prepared for tax time and book in a depreciation schedule inspection today by calling one of our friendly team members on 1300 407 341.

* Applies to the first full financial year. Offer not valid for second-hand properties purchased after 09/05/2017. Money back is limited to cost paid for the preparation of the Depreciation Schedule.

 

 

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.

How long does a building inspection take to complete?

How long does a building inspection take to complete
On average, most building and pest inspections conducted by Rapid take about 90 minutes to 2 hours. This varies depending on the size of the house. It can also depend on the building structure, age, condition and amount of issues the building inspector discovers.For example, a home built on stumps verses one built on a concrete slab are inspected differently. For a house on stumps, the inspector can look under the house where accessible, which will take longer. Whereas a house sitting on a concrete slab has no sub floor so often takes a shorter amount of time to inspect. Either way, our inspectors take their time to do a thorough and accurate job. We always aim to provide a detailed and accurate report when the inspection is complete.

1. The importance of a building inspection

When it comes to buying a brand new or existing home, you can easily get caught up in the moment and forget one important factor – organising a professional building inspection.While it can be so easy to overlook, you should always take the time to do your research and hire an experienced building inspector to help protect your hard-earned money. We’re a team of professionals who inspect all accessible areas of a property. We look for major and minor defects and present these findings to you in a comprehensive and easy to understand report. If you’re in Western Australia, inspections are completed by a licensed builder to help make sure you meet the requirements for your Keystart loan.The beauty of getting an independent inspection is that it’s done by someone who is much more involved in the technical side of the property, rather than the emotional side. Our inspectors have been in the building industry for a long time, many for more than 20 years. During this time, we have been exposed to homes of all different build types and condition. Our qualified inspectors will spend the time with you onsite and/or over the phone to explain important findings to help you make the right decision when buying property.

2.What is included in a termite inspection?

Our termite inspections team will inspect the building and the area surrounding it by looking for signs of termite activity or damage. The inspector will look at all accessible areas including trees, fences, outbuildings, landscaping timbers. They’ll also inspect the building exterior, subfloor if there is one, the building interior and the roof space.

If your termite inspection is for a pre-purchase situation, we will identify if the property is in a condition that has potential to bring on termite activity, such as the presence of fungal decay (wood rot) and other timber damage.

In addition to our termite inspections – which are primarily visual inspections – we will conduct “sounding” or use moisture meters, to detects hollow areas of timber. Situations where there is a higher risk of termite activity should consider more frequent inspections.

It’s important to remember that termite damage is usually excluded in most home insurance covers. Meaning if you find termite damage your insurer may not cover the cost of treatment and repairs. Considering that, an annual inspection is a smart investment. To ensure that you’re covered, you can visit RACV to get a quote on home insurance today.

Recognised as market leaders in our field, Rapid Building Inspections offers a range of services, so whether you are looking for a Building Inspection or Building and Pest Inspection, our services are trusted nationwide.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate call us today on 1300 407 341.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.
We offer a wide range of services and inspect more than 10,000 homes a year. So, whether you are looking for a building inspection in Perth, a pre-purchase pest and building inspection in Melbourne or anywhere in between, our services are trusted nationwide. We even provide dilapidation reports and building inspections in Hobart!
We’re on your side, and we’re here to help!

You’ll want to drug test your house before moving in

You might not have ever thought about it but buying or renting a property without testing for things like meth residue or other drug traces can have dangerous effects. Learning the signs of a drug house, and things like how to clean a house with drug residue present can save you in the long run.

When you’re excited about buying a new home or finally find that perfect rental property, the last thing you want is illegal drug residue on the walls.A growing sector in the building inspections industry is meth and other drug testing. The use of methamphetamine (commonly known as meth, ‘crystal’ or ‘ice’) has become a growing public health concern across Australia, with use of the narcotic increasing 37% between 2016 and 2019 according to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). Unfortunately for the property market, this has led to an increase in houses being used as ‘drug houses.’It’s estimated that 1.4% of people in Australia smoke meth every year, so the likelihood of vacant homes on the market formerly being used to manufacture or smoke the drug is increasingly high. It’s important to learn what drug residue is, how to test a house for meth residue and how long drug residue lasts in a property.

1. What is meth testing?

It’s the process of testing a house for drugs by checking walls, carpets, ceilings, insulation, ventilation systems, even things like wiring and plumbing. Many properties have been discovered to be meth labs or hubs for other types of drug manufacturing and consuming.A house doesn’t have to be a fully-fledged meth lab for residue to be present, it can be found inside homes where just smoking meth has taken place. This dangerous residue can remain present and contaminate the house the same way it would if the drug was being manufactured there.Australian guidelines state removal of contaminated parts of a drug house should occur when levels are 0.5 micrograms per 100 sq cm of the contaminated surface, so it’s imperative to test your new property before moving in.As part of our comprehensive pre-purchase property inspections we can, upon request, also inspect elements of the house that may be harbouring residue or remnants of meth and other drugs.

2.What happens when meth is present inside a house

Meth is an extremely addictive narcotic that affects the central nervous system. It is a white, odorless powder that can easily be dissolved in water or alcohol, which can make it almost undetectable to the naked eye.Signs that your new house or rental property may have been used as a meth house:
  • Strong odours (acrid, sour, solvents, ammonia)
  • Discolouration of structures, soil and pavement or driveway
  • Burned, stained or yellowed walls
  • Rust in uncommon places such as window fittings or door handles
The professional team of building inspectors at Rapid Building Inspections have expertise in identifying the signs of a drug house and can recommend the best ways to clean your property.

3. What are the health effects of living in a meth contaminated house?

There are many dangerous effects of living in a former drug house. Dr Jackie Wright from Flinders University explains ‘exposure can occur through skin absorption, ingestion of residues that are transferred to hands or objects and inhalation of vapours and dusts. Once exposed, methamphetamine enters the body and can result in a range of health effects.’While it might not be obvious at first, residents may soon start to experience:
  • Insomnia
  • Severe respiratory problems
  • Dizziness
  • Eye irritations
  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes
  • Loss of appetite
Dr Wright also states that ‘the potential for health effects to occur depends on the level of contamination present, the age and sensitivity of the individual,’ meaning that members of your family might be at further or more hazardous risk.These symptoms are particularly dangerous for children who will feel the impact much worse than adults living amid meth residue, making it imperative to carry out comprehensive drug testing at your property.

4. Cleaning drug residue at your house

It is best to hire a professional to carry out the clean-up if drug residue is discovered. The team at Rapid Building Inspections are now testing houses across Australia for meth residue and other drug contamination.Servicing major hubs including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart the way you would rely on a smoke detector, rely on Rapid Build Inspections to assess your dream home is drug free. Contact us today.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.
We offer a wide range of services and inspect more than 10,000 homes a year. So, whether you are looking for a building inspection in Perth, a pre-purchase pest and building inspection in Melbourne or anywhere in between, our services are trusted nationwide. We even provide dilapidation reports and building inspections in Hobart!
We’re on your side, and we’re here to help!
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