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SGS offers a wide range of Reports and inspection services such as:

Pre Purchase Property Reports
Pre-Purchase Building Report
Timber Pest Inspection
Owner Builders Warranty Report
Strata Inspection Report
Survey Identification Report
 
Construction Reports
Dilapidation Report
Progress Building Inspection Report
Final Building Inspection Report
 
Expert Building Reports
Expert Witness & Building Disputes
Insurance Claims Report
Building Conditional Report (Strata/Residential/Commercial/Industrial)
Technical Investigations & Building Defect Diagnosis
 
Engineering Reports
Structural & Civil Engineering Report
Mechanical Engineering Report
 
Other Professional Consultancy Services Include
Civil & Structural Engineering Calculations & Design
Project Management & Project Administration
 

Pre-Purchase Building Report

A building report is conducted on a structure to an extent where a thorough and full investigation of the building is completed. A brief description of each of the tasks completed with visual aid will be presented to help illustrate the comparative difference in the work which is carried out. This investigation would include the following;

External Roof

Where an external roof displays damages due to an unknown reason an expert will investigate the cause and consider methods of repairing the fault to achieve an overall sealed roof.

Gutters and Downpipes

Gutters and downpipes lead to major issues in roof problems where water may seep into the roof structure itself, under heavy or even light rain. These problems can be overcome to allow continual flow of water from the gutters to the downpipe and down through to the stormwater system.

Interior Roof (framing and insulation)

Where there are defects in the interior structure of a roof, serious trouble and danger may arise which could put peoples lives in danger, from a collapsing roof or load bearing member and cause an entire roof collapse. In the roof structure, all joints and members would be inspected, to ensure that the roof is structurally sound and adequate.

Interior (ceilings, walls, windows, doors, floors)

Where interior flaking and damage occurs to any water damageable material, the source is identified and resolved. In the case of such peeling of the paint, excess amount of moisture present in the roof, where not enough circulation is occurring, is usually the cause. This can be easily overcome with the use of a Roof ventilation system.

Kitchen and all fixtures

Most kitchen damage usually occurs by either water damage or fire damage. In either case the replacement of a kitchen or the restoration of the kitchen will be measured and an adequate and full inspection into the pricing and methods of restoration shall be given.

Bathrooms and all fixtures

Bathroom damage is usually caused by the excess amount of water that is present. This location of the house is a very delicate and important part of the structure, as any water problems which arise in this location could possibly extend damages through the entire house and structure.

Laundry and all fixtures

The same problems which could arise in a bathroom, could also arise in the laundry. These two locations have similar damages due to their similarity, where there is a large amount of water being used.

Exterior (walls, windows, stairs)

Where an exterior wall starts to fail, serious issues become apparent, such as the structures stability. As seen in the depiction above, mortar has worn away from between the bricks, causing a weak connection throughout the wall. In the case of the wall pictured above, adequate techniques would be required to repair the damage, or the complete knock down and reconstruction of the wall may be required to prevent any persons becoming injured by any falling material or even bricks.

Decks, Pergolas, Verandahs, Balconies, Awnings etc.

An inspection on a pergola covers all members including ties, bracing and any sort of members used to construct it. As seen in the above depiction, timber has rotted away, due to being unsuitable to outside whether conditions. The bracing has also rusted causing it to be considerably weak. These damages are assessed and documented and a restoration procedure is drawn up, or the recommendation of a total rebuild is given, depending on the more suitable situation.

Subfloor

The subfloor material of a house is of uppermost importance, where any damage to it may case a serious injury. In a subfloor report the inspector will inspect all material, ware, and any defects visible by sight. These damages will be assessed and a suitable decision would be made on the condition of the floor. Where a floor has started to rot away or even have evidence of being attacked by termites as seen above, the most suitable method would be to renew the entire floor and its components.

Footings

As the name says, the “footing” is one of the most essential parts of a structure and any defects are a serious matter to be dealt with. During an inspection, the inspector will examine the stability, visual strength, structural adequacy, and overall condition of the footings, and the structural members which support the structure itself.

Garaging

The inspector will check that all garaging facilities, should be water and wind tight, where a clean and accessible environment can be accessed.

Outbuildings (sheds, studios etc.)

Much the same as a garage, these sheds and studios, must also be air and water tight from the outside and be easily accessible.

Site (driveway, fences, gates, paths, drainage)

Services (water lines and pressure, hot water service etc.)

All services which are present in the building would be checked by the inspector to assure that there are no leaks or frayed wiring in the structure where possible harm could arise from. Services such as the hot water system, gas lines, and electrical services are all checked for, as to assure that there would be no danger which could arise from them.