Anytime a person in Brisbane is considering the purchase of any kind of building whether it is a residence or a commercial building, it is only prudent to hire a building inspector to conduct a building inspection report. There are a number of possible hazards and defects that if they were known would have an effect on the decision as to whether the building should be purchased at all, unless remedies would be forthcoming.
For example, if the building is infested with termites, roaches or other pests, it would be acceptable to demand that this problem be rectified as part of the sales contract, before moving any further along the process of purchase.
From a structural standpoint the roof needs to be examined to find out if there are any leaks or damages. The underlying structure of the roof, the foundation board that supports the shingles may be rotted out, as well as any joists in the attic.
If there is a chimney, is it in good condition, or is it in need of repair, and is it a potential fire hazard? Are the windows in the house in good repair, or are they in need of replacement, as they are letting air come through? What about the carpeting and flooring? Are they in good shape too?
Then a hard look at all of the appliances are in order, if they go with the house. They must all be in good working order. The wiring in the house, or the commercial building must be up to code, other wise a buyer could be in for a large expense to replace it. The plumbing should be in good working order as well.
The heating and air conditioning must be thoroughly examined by an expert. Just because it runs does not mean that it will continue to do so. The compressor, condenser, and the motor all need to be tested and inspected. Filters need to be changed, and a clean bill of health is a must here. There is no sense in purchasing a building, and then have to replace major items like electrical, plumbing and heating and air conditioning.
Look for signs of water on ceilings, bathroom and kitchen floors and walls. Is there mold anywhere. Mold is silent and sneaky and shows up behind walls, in attics and crawl spaces. If it is present it needs to be eradicated.
By taking the time and paying a qualified inspector, you will possibly save thousands in costly repairs. You make any repairs a part of the sales contract, and it gets done, or you look elsewhere.