Purchasing real estate is a massive investment. Whether it is your starter home or you have several property investments, it is critical to ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment and not paying for a dud. And the best way of doing this is by enlisting a building inspection before you put any money down.
While trained and certified inspectors typically carry out these inspections manually, advancements in this industry have brought forth new technology in the form of thermal imaging. This process entails the testing of various parts of the house to detect thermal properties inside the supplies. Although this technology is more expensive than other building inspection techniques, not only is it thorough, but it is neither obtrusive nor destructive. The following are just two of the structural damages that thermal imaging will expose during a building inspection.
Deficient residential insulation
Insulation installation can be a costly affair if you want to protect the entire residence against thermal changes. Moreover, quality insulation supplies are not inexpensive! Therefore, if you do not want to be burdened with the cost of insulating the new property you are deliberating on purchasing, it is imperative to opt for thermal imaging of the existing insulation.
With thermal imaging, the inspector will be capable of pinpointing flaws in the insulation system by identifying heat gain in parts of the building. It is worth noting that deficient insulation is not solely attributed to degeneration. Further investigation could reveal that the insulation was not installed correctly or it was of inferior quality. Regardless of the underlying cause, you get the chance to have clarity on its condition.
Jeopardised the roof system
A leak in the roof of the property that you are looking to purchase could mean disaster for the entire property. If the leak has remained concealed for a substantial amount of time, it could mean that water has been left unchecked from the leak and subsequently spread to multiple sections of the premises.
Alternatively, if the leak is relatively new, it can be challenging to gauge the degree of damage it as caused, more so if the signs of water damage have not manifested. Thermal imaging will be crucial to your property inspection, since this tech will disclose any moisture that has permeated through the building supplies. You can then determine if you will still purchase the property or not depending on the severity of the water damage.