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在澳大利亚 Hi Guys, Ive found a property that has mentioned two payments coming up of $1400 to apparently top up the admin fund and 2 have just been paid. Im looking at a financial statement (basically a balance sheet) for the strata and its all a bit Hi all, I currently have a PPOR and 10K cash in the bank which I plan to use as a deposit for a IP early next year. Is it possible for me to place this into my PPOR loan and then redraw the 10K when Im ready for the IP and then claim the int


I currentlly have a property in melbourne aus, the house is a bit old probably built around the 70's (The walls are a lumpy kind of surface not like the plasterboards of today) maybe someone is familiar when these kind of walls were used.

I was just wondering how much does it usually cost to get someone out to assess the structure.

I'm planning to renovate a bit at the end of the yr but not sure if its worth it. If i had to restump the foundation etc it might not be a good idea to renovate.  

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Dear Dogcow,

At this stage I think you need to get a building inspector out to check out the building before you look at the possibility of an engineer.

Building inspections can range greatly in price. I have had ones that were $143 and others that were $495. Nowadays for me with the right mix of expertise, quality and cost effectiveness are in the $200-300 range.

Cheers,

Sunstone.  

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Thanks for the advice. The property actually has people renting it atm. I forgot if the real estate agents has alrdy had inspectors out alrdy, I think they had to inspected the property before putting it on the lease market.  

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Dear Dogcow,

Realestate agents are not worried whether it has had a building inspection or not. These are the buyers responsibility.

What RE agents are concerned about are: 1) Safety issues. They want to make sure that simple things do not cause problems for them. and 2) Make sure the dwelling at least looks council approved. (I have seen granny flats that were definitely not council approved. Ceiling height, plumbing to showers etc etc.) The better ones will not rent these out on principle as it is bad for maintaining standards in the local market.

Again if you already own the property a building inspection would be a practical way to check the building soundness, uncover any safety issues and usually give you an approximate cost estimate to fix it and which tradesmen are necessary.

(Also if it is a cement type of lumpy surface it sounds like Stucco.)

Cheers,

Sunstone.  

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I have found inspectors to be of value, but I find they wont estimate costs now, the people I go through refuse to give estimations as to many of them are getting sued when the work ends up costing a lot more than estimated. And verbal is as good as written in some eyes. I guess it depends on the work needed, an inspector maybe able to advise how much to repair a plasterboard wall, but will they be able to advise how to fix brick veneer cracking, especially when they cant even tell if its definately not structural, which you need to get an engineer out for (and someone else if the bricks need to come off?)

I think aside from inspectors it would be good to compile a relative cost for specific inspectors/engineers, whether they be engineers, plumbers, electricians etc.

How much is a standard building engineer call out fee for example?  

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thanks for the advice, i will get an inspector out. The house isn't that bad of a shape really, but you never know.

Also do i have to get someone else out for termites, i don't know if there is any but since i'm checking i should chekc that too.  

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Dear Dynamite,

If your building inspector won't give you ballpark costs for Brissy properties let me know and I will point you in the direction of my one. He always gives myself preliminary estimations and is a good sounding board for my estimations on certain projects. True I don't hold him to it but this is part of the value I am paying for in the building inspection. 80% of a building inspectors profit would come from the 20% of repeat customers.

Past getting a ballpark I agree that getting in specific trades to quote is a given.

Dogcow,

Yes if you were buying I would definitely suggest getting in a separate pest inspector.

Some companies provide a combined building and pest inspection. Even though these tend to be less expensive I find them of less value. I like being able to get two different independent opinions and they are looking at different things. My pest inspector for example is also a qualified builder but particularly looks at all the wet areas looking for preventative ways rather than a new way to sell more chemicals. The termicam equipment (Infrared camera to detect termite activity without invasive entry into walls is worthwhile and non-destructive.)

To checkout structural soundness in an existing one that you have........ Strictly speaking yes you should have a termite inspection once every 12 months. However this is more necessary for newer properties in more active termite areas (eg QLD) where major damage can be done to buildings made out of softwood in as little as 3 months.

If it is made out of hardwood then the termites will attack the softwood trims rather than attacking the structural parts. Therefore you can probably get away with getting a pest inspector in when the tenants discover that the softwood trims are being attacked (eg door handle falls off) but no structural damage has occurred.

Would suggest you stick with getting in the building inspector in and then from there you can access whether you need a pest inspector or building engineer as well.

Cheers,

Sunstone.  

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