How Safe Is Your Home?

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It can be easy to overlook little warning signs when considering a potential new home, but these things that might not seem like a big deal early on can easily bloom into bigger issues in a few months’ time. Serious injuries occur far too often in the family home, many of which could have easily been avoided by a building inspection.

It can be easy to overlook little warning signs when considering a potential new home, but these things that might not seem like a big deal early on can easily bloom into bigger issues in a few months’ time. Serious injuries occur far too often in the family home, many of which could have easily been avoided by a building inspection. A thorough inspection by Choice Building Inspections will efficiently address safety issues that can easily go unseen.

Some of the common issues we may advise you on include:

• Swimming pools have specific safety requirements such as a 4 sided pool fence at 1.2m high with a self-closing, self-latching gateway. If your pool does not meet these requirements, we will advise you on how to perfect its security.

• Fire hazards are frighteningly common in the home. To avoid these, Australian Standard smoke alarms should be installed and tested every year. A fire blanket or fire extinguisher is necessary in the kitchen and the correct safety guards should be located around fuel stoves, heaters and fire places. Also because some LED roof lights are a fire risk, the roof batts surrounding these should be properly installed.

• Any structure that is over one metre in height can potentially be a fall risk, therefore the structure needs to checked to ensure that it is intact and has adequate fixings. Decay and deterioration of materials can compromise the structure’s integrity. All staircases must have a landing at every 18 steps with a height and depth to avoid tripping. Also, when children are present in the home appropriate gates should be located at the top and bottom of the staircases.

• Timber flooring should have no protruding items, with all nails firstly punched in then filled with timber filler. Bathroom and laundry floors and other wet areas in the home should have surfaces that are slip resistant. Other areas that may pose a slip risk are steep walkways and driveways and these need to be inspected.

• To prevent falls from upper story windows, they must only open to a maximum of 125mm and be fixed with safety glass. An extra measure is to fit security screens, though for fire safety these screens must be able to be pushed out by an adult. Similarly to windows, all sliding doors should be fitted with safety glass that is up to Australian Standards and also should display safety stickers at eye level.

As you can see, there are a myriad of potential hazards that can easily escape your attention in the home. The Choice Building Inspections team is composed of highly experienced professionals who have great knowledge in the potential hazards of a home and issues that need to be addressed.

For your own peace of mind, ensure you get any building you are considering investing in inspected by a qualified building inspector. Contact Choice Building Inspections today to ensure you’re getting exactly what you want from your new home.

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  • Our inspectors have over 110 years collective experience.
  • We will arrange access with all necessary parties for your convenience.
  • You will receive a confirmed quote including a Sample Report/Scope of Inspection after your estimate.
  • Fully insured for professional indemnity and public liability.
  • Complimentary Infrared scanning.
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One visit,three Inspections
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State of the artThermal inspections
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Report in just36 hours
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