Whether the plumbing works well or not isn’t something that is checked in a standard building inspection.YOU’VE found your dream home and made an offer. You get the thumbs up from a building and pest inspection so everything should be fine right? Well not necessarily.While many home buyers are switched on about making a building and pest inspection part of their due diligence (although a surprising number of bidders at auction don’t do it), they may not realise it doesn’t check everything.It’s up to you to organise additional checks or ask questions about a whole range of things, from whether the dishwasher, oven or pool filter work properly.Does the alarm system still operate and is it just a blown bulb or a dodgy circuit that means the lounge room light won’t switch on.Master Builders Queensland, manager housing services Phil Breeze said while everyone should ensure they get a building and pest inspection done on any property they were trying to buy, they needed to be aware of the limitations.He said there were elements in the building that would be covered, such as ceilings, walls, floors windows and all things inside and outside a typical house such as the roof, stairs and balconies.Mr Breeze said it was all things that a reasonable person who went inside could walk around and visually see.And that’s the hook.If it’s behind the walls or hidden by large pieces of furniture it may not be detected.“What a lot of people don’t appreciate is inspectors don’t look at the electrical or the plumbing or the actual frame of the building, because they are hidden,’’ Mr Breeze said.“There are other inspections you can get done such as plumbing but they (plumbers) also can’t look through walls,’’ he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoInspectors can identify obvious structural issues such as termite damage.Mr Breeze said they advised their inspectors to make homebuyers fully aware of what was or wasn’t covered by an inspection.“It manages people’s expectations,’’ he said.He said fortunately an inspection was most likely going to pick up the big ticket items that can potentially cost a lot to fix.Place agent Simon Dean said there were a few things buyers didn’t take into account when they made an offer on a property.And not all were faults.He said one of the common issues was that buyers didn’t take into account the size and layout of rooms. The dishwasher is full but will it work when you turn it on?“Many times buyers end up only realising their furniture does not fit after they have finalised the purchase,’’ he said.“I saw this happen time and time again and decided to make sure that all of my properties had floor plans with dimensions available on the web, to give buyers a chance to work this out during the buying process.’’Rachael Spinks of Spinks and Co Residential said most of their buyers were very thorough.“For general buyers as a rule I would suggest that they make sure what is covered in their building and pest inspection,’’ she said.
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