The Victorian Building Authority has encouraged prospective homebuyers in Cobram to do their homework before hitting property auctions.
In addition to arranging finance and closely reviewing the contract and related purchase documents, the VBA said people should organise a pre-purchase inspection by a registered building practitioner.
VBA inquiries, inspections and complaints director Murray Smith said by arranging a professional inspection, prospective buyers can help ensure the home is safe and meets building regulations.
‘‘While a pre-purchase inspection will cost you money, it can save you from nasty and often costly surprise repairs,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘Cracks in brickwork and plaster, mould, rising damp and structural wear and tear can be hidden by a fresh plaster and paint job that may only be discernible to the trained eye.
‘‘Sloping and springy floors may mean restumping is required and a sagging roof can indicate structural problems.’’
A pre-purchase inspection should review the dwelling from top to bottom, including the roof space and sub-floor, if accessible.
Consumer Affairs Victoria advises consumers to have a pest inspection as part of a pre-purchase check. It also recommends checking if the property is in a bushfire-prone area.
●To find a registered building practitioner go to: vba.vic.gov.au
●For information on inspections, visit: building.vic.gov.au