Upon buying her first home in 2012, ‘bbelly’ felt she was being prudent in obtaining a pre-purchase building inspection.

Following a report finding only that one corner of the lounge needed re-blocking, the tile adhesive was shot and the bathroom needed re-tiling, the fence was leaning and there was a crack in the driveway, the Whirlpool forum participant went ahead. After discovering a large hole in one bedroom floor,…