Hello folks, This is my first post…I’ve followed this forum on and off for a couple of years, and am in awe of the collective knowledge and experience here! Having never been in a position to buy a property and/or found the right one, I haven’t had anything to contribute…until now. It’s a house on an little itty-bity inner-city block, knocked together by the previous owner in the 1950s. Apparently the vendors (who have inherited it), just want it gone. I would like to find out what questions I need to ask the local council and my building/pest/structural inspectors when I get assessments done. The agent’s building and pest reports describe past pest damage, water damage to both the roof support beams and front landing (interior and exterior), cracks in the supporting walls (it was build on besser blocks) and a dangerous verandah. I’m assuming that it will need to be completely rewired, based on the age and history. I will initially live in it, but need to make sure that I can rent it in the future, renovate and/or demolish and rebuild. The questions I’ve brainstormed are: Local council Is it heritage listed or caught up under any character rules? Do I have to keep the façade if I rebuild? What can I build on this size of block (i.e. size of houses, multi-dwelling buildings)? Would there be any restrictions on demolishing and digging in new foundations if the current foundations are unsafe? Does it meet the current local council building codes? What is the maximum building height? Is it at risk of flooding? Are there any drainage problems and/or rules around excavation due to drains/causeways? Building Do you use an x-ray machine to examine walls? What is causing the water damage? What will it cost to have the water damage repaired and the causes fixed? Is the building safe to live in? How long before other problems need to be repaired? How much to pull down the verandah and/or secure it? Which interior walls can I knock down? Is there rising damp? Where is it coming from? Pest What is the cost of protecting against pests (i.e. there is wood in contact with dirt; base concrete isn’t capped)? Have them identify all the current spots with past pest damage. Structural engineer Are the cracks to the supporting walls structural damage? Are the foundations sound? Can I just restump it to raise it, or will I have to dig in new foundations? Is the building currently safe? General Should I be at the site with the people doing the inspections to make sure that they crawl into all the nooks and crannies, or will that just get them angry? What are reasonable prices for me to pay for detailed inspections in the inner city? Thanks so much for getting through my little essay. I want to make sure I have all the relevant information when I make a decision…without really knowing what might be relevant and what’s not. Many thanks.