Don’t get caught in the rain: avoid water damaged properties and wet rot decay with a pre-purchase commercial building inspection 

Found the perfect retail premises? All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports (ASBIR) recommends a pre-purchase commercial building inspection to determine if there are any building defects, maintenance issues, safety hazards, or repair works required before you dive in and set up shop.

ASBIR recently undertook a thorough commercial building assessment on a small retail premise in Maleny which revealed significant water-related issues.

According to ASBIR Principal and senior building inspector, Fred Broekman a pre-purchase inspection as part of your due diligence process can give you valuable information about the status of the premises and negotiating power before you make your final decision to purchase the property.

“This recent building inspection of a commercial retail property on the Sunshine Coast hinterland identified a host of potential issues that could lead to a safety, and legal nightmare if left unattended”.

“The timber stairs showed signs of wet rot decay which can pose a safety hazard if not rectified, and the potential for litigation should someone get hurt. Not to mention the risk of lowering the property’s value if not rectified or adequately maintained,” Fred said.

The lesson for prospective buyers, but also commercial property owners, is that all timber structures should be assessed regularly. This includes external timber walls and structures such as decks, verandahs, pergolas, balconies, handrails, stairs, retaining walls, children’s play equipment, fences, garages, carports, sheds, gazebos and outbuildings.

“Annual building inspections and regular property maintenance can help avoid these problems before it’s too late – or costly to your business,” he said.

In this instance, ABSIR’s detailed 85+ page commercial building inspection report also revealed missing and broken downpipes on the retail property.

“While this may sound like a minor issue, the consequences are severe if left unattended,” Fred said.

According to Fred, rain water from unconnected downpipes running on the ground near buildings can undermine the building’s foundation and cause serious long-term problems to the structure if unresolved.

“Further to this, moisture constantly coming in contract with timbers will decay these structures, while also attracting termites with a moisture source so close to the building,” he said.

Our comprehensive building inspection report not only provides written and visual assessments of the current structural condition, but also outlines recommended action steps to rectify any issues or defects present.

Regardless of whether you are buying a new house or a commercial property, it’s critical that you go into the purchase and negotiation process with a full understanding of any existing building defects and maintenance that may be required down the track. 

All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports (ASBIR) is the leading provider of building inspections. We have conducted thousands of residential and commercial building inspections in South East Queensland. We are fully licensed (QBCC Lic.No. 20650) and a Member of Master Builders Institute of Building Consultants Queensland.   

Call us on 1300 553 007 or submit a quote request to find out how we can help you take the hassle out of buying a new home, or finding the perfect commercial, office or retail space for your business needs.  Let ASBIR give you peace of mind.


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ASBIR Client Testimonial: 

Thanks for getting the detailed report back so quickly as requested, I was very impressed with the attention to detail that Fred gave during the inspection.  He was very thorough and did not seem rushed to get out of there.  I will definitely recommend and use ASBIR services in the future.

Darren H.  (Brisbane Airport – Commercial Building Inspection) 

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