Pre Purchase Building Inspection
1What do you inspect?
All inspections follow the guidelines of Australian Standard 4349.1. Normal inspections include on the roof, in the roof, ceilings, walls, floors, doors, floor space, plumbing (drains, water pressure, taps, hot water service) electrical (switchboard, earthing, safety switch, smoke alarms, visible wiring), footings, paving and retaining walls. The inspection particularly identifies safety issues, significant defects and urgent maintenance items. While some minor issues will also be identified, whether or not a defect should be regarded as significant, depends to a large extent on the age and type of building being inspected.
2Do you inspect for termites?
Yes,we do look for any signs of termites as well as noting any areas vulnerable to termite attack, however, while we are experienced inspectors, we are not registered pest inspectors and it is not a pest inspection in accordance with AS 3660. When there are any indications that termites may be present or that the house is vulnerable to termite attack we will have no hesitation in advising you to consult a pest inspector. Houses built from 1995 onwards are particularly vulnerable to termite attack because of changes in chemicals used in termite sprays. In 1995 the use of "organochlorides" was replaced with more environmentally friendly "organophosphates". Unfortunately the new chemicals have a useful life of 7 to 10 years and many recently built houses have suffered termite attack.
3How much does it cost?
Prices start from $330 for units or apartments and $440 for courtyard homes & small houses. This includes our written report. Additional services include a Dropbox link for all photos taken of the house or unit, showing details of the inspection. Photos are particularly useful in explaining particular problems detailed in the report that may not be visible during a normal open house. Overseas, interstate or absentee buyers find the link of 50 to 100 photos taken during the inspection a valuable resource when dealing with issues such as replacement of appliances or water heaters.
4How much notice do you need?
24 hours notice is usually okay. We understand the stressful nature of real estate sales and will try to work with you no matter what the notice.
5Can I attend the inspection?
Yes. Clients are encouraged to attend so that particular items can be explained, making you more familiar and comfortable with your decision to buy the house. About 50 to 100 digital photos are taken of most houses from the inspector's point of view. If you are unable to attend the inspection then you can walk through the inspection with me via the photos. The photos are available to you via a Dropbox link.
6How long does it take?
A normal inspection takes about an hour and a half for a unit and two hoursfor a small house.
7When will I get the report?
A verbal report is available immediately after the inspection. The written report will normally be emailed to you that evening or early the next day.
8Who organises the inspection time?
Normally you will call us when the contract is signed and we will arrange a mutually convenient time with the Agent.
9Are there limitations to the inspection?
Yes there are. Inspections, as required by the Australian Code and with a view to protecting the vendor’s house, are of a visual, non-destructive nature. We don’t drill holes in floors or walls. We would not normally move furniture for risk of damaging it or ornaments placed on it. Sometimes there may be height restrictions or access in the roof space is restricted by air conditioning ducting. Weather conditions can also make accessing some areas dangerous. This is all covered under Australian Standard for Building Inspections AS 4349.1
10Do you inspect the plumbing and electrical?
Yes, as far as practical considering we are neither licensed plumbers nor electricians. We do not provide certificates of compliance. We check for water pressure, adequate drainage and hot water serviceability. And we check for the presence of safety switches and suitability of smoke detectors.
11How do I pay?
Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer. Payment on the day is preferred.