Building & Pest Inspection Reports
Because knowledge is power when buying or selling a home
If you’re thinking about selling or purchasing a home, it pays to make sure all parties know exactly what they’re getting into before signing on the dotted line. A pre-sale or pre-purchase building inspection will give you a good idea of the general condition of the property, helping you to make an informed decision on price. For sellers, this means safeguarding yourself by having the most up-to-date information about your home, while for buyers, it gives you the knowledge you need to negotiate the best possible price. The building inspection is carried out by myself personally and I broker the Pest Inspections for you with Blue Ribbon Pest Control. If you don’t need a Pest Inspection just choose the Building Inspection Only form on the book online page.
What will the building inspection cover?
The inspection will tell you if there are any major defects or maintenance issues that may affect the present (and future) value of the home. Being aware of these issues could save you significant money and heartache both now and in the future. Areas of inspection will include:
- Building interior
- Building exterior
- Roof exterior and roof space
- Under-floor spaces
- Garage, carport, sheds
- The property within 30m of the building
I comply with Australian Standard AS4349.1. Before each inspection, I will ensure that you are made aware of the scope and limitations of the inspection and report.
What will I receive from the building inspection?
- Detailed itemised report – in plain English
- Photos documenting defects or maintenance issues
- Advice on what might be beneficial to repair
- Recommendations for further investigation or assessment
Why do I need a building inspection?
My report may identify costly and/or unforeseen major defects and/or many minor defects which may combine into a considerable expense. I will identify issues that may require your immediate attention and give you a good idea of the maintenance required for the building. With 30 years’ experience in the building industry, I have the skills and experience to spot issues that others might miss.
When do I have to have my building and pest reports done by?
Your standard contract of sale has a condition that stipulates a date by which you will need to have obtained and reviewed your building and pest reports. You have until this time to obtain reports and decide if you intend to:
- Complete the contract and purchase the property;
- Apply for more time to conduct additional inspections;
- Negotiate with the seller to end the contract;
- Have the seller rectify any matters raised by the reports or reduce the price to offset the costs of rectification.
After this conditional date the contract goes unconditional and the purchaser is obligated to continue with the sale. For further information regarding this matter, please consult your conveyancing solicitor.
Do you check council records for building approvals?
We do not usually perform council record checks as part of our service as we aren’t building certifiers. You should also note that the Building Inspection is not a certificate of compliance. However, we will let you know if we find anything that we don’t think would be approved, we’ll let you know. We strongly advise that you check council records yourself, just to be in the know. Not doing so could be a costly mistake, especially if the council requests that you make your building compliant out of the blue. For more in-depth information about checking council records, please see our FAQs section.
What will the pest inspection cover?
Visit our pest inspection reports page.