On many occasions, we discover that the original builder has left unused building material in the sub floor area and so we inspect this area to ensure that it has been removed and nothing else stored in its place.
Not only can this material cause a restriction in ventilation and air flow, it also can encourage potential infestation of termites since it offers the perfect breeding ground for such pests.
For the same reason, we make sure that there are no indications of dampness; electrical wiring is in a good state of repair and that there is adequate pest capping as well as structurally sound piers and stumps.
Since sufficient ventilation is a prerequisite for this area, we will ensure there is no restriction and that there are enough unblocked air vents.
Although this may seem an unnecessary part of any pre-purchase inspections, we do carefully examine and measure all internal walls to make sure that they are actually perpendicular.
We also check that all the walls show no signs of surface cracking, movement or general decay or indications of dampness.
We inspect the ceilings to see if there is any indication of water leakage, either from outside or more likely from leaking pipes in the roof cavity area.
We look and check that all doors, floors, and windows have been correctly fitted; they close properly so creating a tight seal and that there are no signs of movement or damp which could give rise to possible decay in the future.
We check all wet areas, specifically bathrooms and toilets, kitchen and laundry as well as internal plumbing. We are looking for any indications of mould, excess moisture or indeed faulty waterproofing.
Our primary concern here this were any signs of external rain leakage, damaged electrical wiring, deterioration in the insulation material. We will check and satisfy ourselves that there is adequate ventilation and airflow and that no vents are blocked or obstructed in any way. Finally and most importantly, we will see if there is any evidence of rodents nesting in this area.