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  • Profile photo of SundanceSundance
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    This probably seems like a really dumb question but how do I find out when a house was constructed?  Our accountant has advised us to get a depreciation schedule done on our IP but I need to know when the house was built to request one.  Have gone over our purchase documents but no mention is made of the age of the house.

    Cheers,
    Sundance

    Profile photo of BrokotaBrokota
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    Hello Sundance,

    I have recently had depreciation schedules done on our houses and the business I paid to do them found out the build date as part of their research, thats what you pay them for.

    Also your local council will have records of when the house was built. I was advised by my council that if I wanted to know the build date of my house it was free, but if a third party wanted to know there was a small fee to pay.

    Hope this helps

    Profile photo of BrokotaBrokota
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    Hello Sundance,

    I have recently had depreciation schedules done on our houses and the business I paid to do them found out the build date as part of their research, thats what you pay them for.

    Also your local council will have records of when the house was built. I was advised by my council that if I wanted to know the build date of my house it was free, but if a third party wanted to know there was a small fee to pay.

    Hope this helps

    Profile photo of SundanceSundance
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    Thanks for your help Brokota. 

    My accountant advised that I'd need the build date before requesting a depreciation schedule and have just started filling out an online form to get a schedule done and they are also requesting the build date.   Think it may be best if I give the council a call on Monday and see if I can find out. 

    I assumed that building searches would have automatically been done as part of the conveyancing when purchased but they weren't.  Is this normal practice or do you have to specifically request conveyancers to do a buidling search when purchasing?  The only thing that was done was a title search.  Confused!

    Cheers,

    Sundance

    Profile photo of BrokotaBrokota
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    Hey Sundance,

    I am honestly not sure, hoping someone on here can post an answer for both of us.

    When I got my schedules done, all I did was tell them the address of the properties and gave them my Credit Card Number and 3 weeks later I had the schedules emailed to me, so made it very very easy for me.

    Profile photo of Stacey SurveyingStacey Surveying
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    A search on the subdivision you’re on will give the month and year the lot was created. Assuming building happens within a year or two after this then it might get you close!

    Cheers,

    Profile photo of luke86luke86
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    Ring your council and ask for a copy of the occupation certificate, that will have the date on it. Its free.

    Cheers,
    Luke

    Profile photo of CatalystCatalyst
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    It's listed on RPdata.

    Or one trick is, if the kitchen is original they used to date stamp the sink hole.

    Or look in the meter box.

    Profile photo of SundanceSundance
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    Brokota wrote:
    Hello Sundance, I have recently had depreciation schedules done on our houses and the business I paid to do them found out the build date as part of their research, thats what you pay them for. Also your local council will have records of when the house was built. I was advised by my council that if I wanted to know the build date of my house it was free, but if a third party wanted to know there was a small fee to pay. Hope this helps

    Thanks Brokota, I'll give the Council a ring today.

    Cheers,
    Sundance

    Profile photo of SundanceSundance
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    luke86 wrote:
    Ring your council and ask for a copy of the occupation certificate, that will have the date on it. Its free.

    Cheers,
    Luke

    Thanks Luke86, will give this a try.

    Cheers,
    Di

    Profile photo of Solomon10Solomon10
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       When i ripped out some plaster walls the cheeky builders had signed their names and the date on the stud frame, not a recommended way to find out though lol.

    Profile photo of Jacqui MiddletonJacqui Middleton
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    What quantity surveyor are you using for the depreciation schedule?  Maybe ring around some others and see if they can manage to do a better job of figuring out when the place was built for you.

    Jacqui Middleton | Middleton Buyers Advocates
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    Profile photo of Jacqui MiddletonJacqui Middleton
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    What quantity surveyor are you using for the depreciation schedule?  Maybe ring around some others and see if they can manage to do a better job of figuring out when the place was built for you.

    Jacqui Middleton | Middleton Buyers Advocates
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    VIC Buyers' Agents for investors, home buyers & SMSFs.

    Profile photo of Jacqui MiddletonJacqui Middleton
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    What quantity surveyor are you using for the depreciation schedule?  Maybe ring around some others and see if they can manage to do a better job of figuring out when the place was built for you.

    Jacqui Middleton | Middleton Buyers Advocates
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    VIC Buyers' Agents for investors, home buyers & SMSFs.

    Profile photo of SundanceSundance
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    JacM wrote:
    What quantity surveyor are you using for the depreciation schedule?  Maybe ring around some others and see if they can manage to do a better job of figuring out when the place was built for you.

    Hi JacM,

    I ended up filling in the form and guesstimating the construction date.  I'm sure they'll come back to me if they're not happy with that.

    Cheers,
    Sundance

    Profile photo of N@than[email protected]
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    When I got mine done on a property I didn’t know the build date on, I was told just to leave that bit blank and then they find it out. I guess just if you know then it saves them having to find out.

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