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    I just read this as 'buying a horse'.

    Sorry, carry on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    Was it subject to building inspection? If it's only subject to finance, not sure how relevant it might be if the oven is not working, etc?
    Quote Originally Posted by Deskar View Post
    Have you got or are you getting a building inspection? A lot of these questions can be asked and answered by an inspector. They may also find other issues you haven't thought of. Worth the cost.
    We added that clause into the contract as there are extensions and wanted peace of mind. Didn't even think of them for this reason. Thanks.
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    I'd ring the gas company or a plumber or gas fitter , they will know the regulations and safety- it's vented so should be ok but better to check!
    good idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    I just read this as 'buying a horse'.

    Sorry, carry on!
    omg wouldn't my dd1 wish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    No, well I don't think so I've never seen any, any unflued or vented gas heating isn't recommended where you sleep
    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    Was it subject to building inspection? If it's only subject to finance, not sure how relevant it might be if the oven is not working, etc?
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    Have you got or are you getting a building inspection? A lot of these questions can be asked and answered by an inspector. They may also find other issues you haven't thought of. Worth the cost.
    Have to give you girls a big thank you.

    I have done a ring around to gas plumbers and building inspectors and a gas bayonet in a bedroom is a big flat out no no and is deemed non compliant and must be rectified by the owners.

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    Honestly I would never have thought to ask any of the suggested people and we were even considering having the building inspection removed from contact as we have a pretty good knowledge of building structure integrity and all looks sound. Glad I specifically asked to put that clause in now.

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    glad you put that in then.

    a really thorough inspection is always important, as there are so many things that you just assume ...

    best wishes

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    Make sure you get a good inspector. Their reports are not worth much in my opinion (that's not to say they can't give you good advice). We bought a few years back and thought we did all the right things getting inspections etc. We were pretty naive and didn't know much about buying property and at the time thought we were buying a five bedroom house. It wasn't until 3 years later that I found out that our lower level bedrooms were not legal height (only just under). This was not picked up by the inspector or our lawyers and never once mentioned to us (by anyone). We spoke to the agent who put blame on the inspector so we contacted the building authorities who ruled it is not the inspectors job to point this out. In the mean time we went through a long and expensive process to get the rooms certified and we went back to the RE agent to recoup the costs (as essentially she falsely advertised the property), but got a nasty letter back from her lawyers.... so yes make sure you thoroughly research the property you are buying and once it's yours so are the problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shebes View Post
    Make sure you get a good inspector. Their reports are not worth much in my opinion (that's not to say they can't give you good advice). We bought a few years back and thought we did all the right things getting inspections etc. We were pretty naive and didn't know much about buying property and at the time thought we were buying a five bedroom house. It wasn't until 3 years later that I found out that our lower level bedrooms were not legal height (only just under). This was not picked up by the inspector or our lawyers and never once mentioned to us (by anyone). We spoke to the agent who put blame on the inspector so we contacted the building authorities who ruled it is not the inspectors job to point this out. In the mean time we went through a long and expensive process to get the rooms certified and we went back to the RE agent to recoup the costs (as essentially she falsely advertised the property), but got a nasty letter back from her lawyers.... so yes make sure you thoroughly research the property you are buying and once it's yours so are the problems.
    I only had time today for two quotes and asked both very similar questions. The more expensive one was very unsure on a few things and couldn't give confident answers to questions I felt they should know, yet the cheaper company sounded very confident and gave me the same answers I had been given by people who work in the specific areas I was asking about. I have to find out if that company have indemnity insurance as I've read that's important to have and should cover future issues should the inspectors be negligent. I think we might go the full comprehensive inspection that covers pretty much the pre-settlement inspection from what I can work out.

    I can't believe the building authorities did that to you though. You would think that's what the inspection was for.

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    Apparently it is only the inspectors job to find major faults (room height is not a major fault apparently and it's not their job to question the certification of the work??? A good inspector would have questioned it though). At the end of the day the RE agent shouldn't have advertised them as rooms, but it will cost us more in legal fees to fight it (even though we would probably win), so she gets away with it. Makes me angry.
    Sounds like you are doing all the right things and asking all the right questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shebes View Post
    Make sure you get a good inspector. Their reports are not worth much in my opinion (that's not to say they can't give you good advice). We bought a few years back and thought we did all the right things getting inspections etc.
    Same story here. We stressed the importance of checking two specific areas as the cornice was warped. His report said it was old water damage and there was no moisture in the area currently. We took this as being just a cosmetic issue which would be a cheap fix. Turns out two major beams in the roof have sagged and we're looking at $20k to get it fixed properly. Had we known prior to purchasing the house, we would have negotiated a lower purchase price. We re-read the report and its full of disclaimers saying we can't rely on it and we should get a specialist out to check every aspect of the house (e.g. Plummer, electrician, structural engineer). So it's worth getting a person who specializes in any areas of concern out to check and professionally report on them.

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    Geez @JR03 that's rough! I thought sagging beams would class as major. Far out..

    OK..

    So I guess a list of questions for a building inspection is in order?

    What sort of questions should be asked?

    Do you have indemnity insurance?

    Listing specific areas to focus on. Both us to them and them to us.

    That's it. That's all I got so far..


 

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