Building inspections can be a headache, but they’re necessary and often overlooked. If you’re not sure what to expect, this is your go-to guide on the end-to-end process of building inspections in Melbourne.

We’ll cover some key basics about building inspections, different types for residential and commercial including asbestos, termite and pest, and pool inspections.

At Inspect East, our friendly building inspectors are qualified and experienced VBA building inspectors who are committed to providing trusted and transparent services to our clients. We make sure you’re aware of any faults with our comprehensive reports which are available to you within 24 hours.

Get in touch with us if you have any questions about our inspections services.

NEW HOME BUYERS

If you’re looking at purchasing a new home, there are many reasons why a building inspection is beneficial:

  • To ensure the building construction and conditions are properly assessed for any structural damage and pest or termite activity. This is for your own peace of mind knowing that you’ve purchased a property with confidence.
  • Are there any issues or works required? You might decide not to go through with the property when you discover that major maintenance costs, fees or works are required which can end up costing you a lot more than what you realised. If you’re having second thoughts, don’t sign up for what you’re not prepared to invest in.

PROPERTY SELLERS

If you’re selling a property, you might want to consider booking an inspection:

  • To show that your property is in a good condition and that it’s easy to maintain.
  • To ensure there’s no hidden faults which could come back to bite you later down the track. A building inspection can provide peace of mind that your house is fit for sale, and make sure you’re getting the best price for your property.
  • To find out what repairs or maintenance is needed or if any work will increase the value of a property. This can also provide you with a list of work required before putting your house on the market.  In most cases buyers prefer homes which  are already pre-inspected which can make your home more marketable.
  • Even if you’re renting your property, a building inspection is beneficial because it will show the house in its best light and highlight any issues that may need to be fixed before moving into the property. It might even find some areas of improvement for future rental income.

TYPES OF BUILDING & PEST INSPECTION

THE BUILDING INSPECTION PROCESS

BEFORE YOUR BUILDING INSPECTION

1) Know what areas will/ will not be inspected

A building inspector will look at different aspects of your home’s structural condition throughout the course of their visit. Make sure you understand what they are inspecting so you can follow along. 

Depending on the type of building and pest inspection, areas inspected can include:

  • Roof and gutter conditio
  • Under-house spaces – electrical and plumbing component
  • Insulation – condition and location
  • Downpipes  – condition 
  • Roof cavity – evidence of water penetration, deteriorating flashings and soffits/fascias
  • Chimneys – brickwork, flue liners and cap
  • Roof decking – decking materials, condition of nails, battens etc.
  • Internal walls – water penetration, rising damp and other problems
  • Floors – carpets, tiles or other floor coverings
  • Outdoors – gardens and courtyards
  • Driveways and paths

If you’re concerned about any of these areas please feel free to discuss them with us beforehand.  We’ll be able to tell you if we cover those parts of the property during our inspection. Please note that we will not open up electrical  appliances for inspection, unless specifically requested by the client.

2) Choose a qualified & registered building inspector 

Choosing an appropriate building inspector can be tedious at times; there are hundreds if not thousands of inspectors available in Melbourne alone! With so many options available, it can be overwhelming for anyone seeking to find the right building inspector and pest inspector. 

These are factors which you should take into consideration when choosing a professional building inspector or pest inspector:

  • Experience & qualifications: Would you rather hire someone with 1 year of experience doing inspections or 20 years?
  • Expertise: Are they experienced in inspecting your type of property (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Licenses & accreditation – Does their business have affiliations to any major bodies such as VBA? Check to see if your inspector is a VBA qualified building practitioner. 

Inspect East’s principle building inspectors have more than 25 years of experience in the industry. We know the Melbourne and surrounding areas and  have qualifications including:

✅ Licensed Builder – Unlimited Category (Highest form of residential building category)

✅ Qualified carpenter

✅Responsible for building over 100 homes

✅ Supervisor for domestic & commercial constructions

✅ Certified pest inspector – Certificate 3 in asset maintenance – pest management technical

✅ White card – Construction industry

Professional indemnity and Public liability insurance to provide with the peace of mind that you are receiving the best in the business.

2) Ensure you’re available during the inspection

They may ask you to sign off on entries in the inspection report, so make sure you are around for this. 

On average, a home inspection for a single-family home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms takes 2 hours. Give your inspector at least 2 hours to complete the inspection. The timing varies depending on the size, building structure, condition and age  and number of issues but allow ample time for your inspector to complete this process. 

3) Arrange appropriate access to the property 

Ensure that they have access to all areas of the house including roofs, garages, attics and sub-floor spaces. 

4) Prepare your property for inspection 

Make sure your property has areas that are clear of any obstacles where the building inspector will need to access. Try to make it as easy as possible for your inspector to carry out their task. This will help reduce time and effort when the property is prepped and ready to be inspected. 

DURING YOUR BUILDING INSPECTION

During your building inspection, your property should be all ready to be inspected. Be sure to have on hand any questions and take notes of any issues you’re worried about and clarify them with your inspector. 

Here are some questions you can ask your inspector after they’ve completed their inspection. 

1. Do they have prior experience with inspections in your suburb? 

Depending on where you live, buildings may have similar structural features which can pinpoint key areas that building inspectors should look out for. 

2. How does your building compare to others with similar age and structure? 

You’d probably want to know if the property is above or below the average expectations of similar buildings. This might give you an idea about any major or minor works that may be required. 

3. Is there any evidence of current or past signs of pest activity? 

For signs of pests in the past, it’s important to know whether any damages were fixed and if they have been completely rectified. You don’t want to find out that there were termite damages that were temporarily fixed, but with no other works done to amend the structural conditions. 

4. Any immediate issues that need to be addressed? 

If there’s any specialised works that require immediate attention, ask your building inspector for recommendations of trusted and reliable contractors you can get in touch with. 

AFTER YOUR BUILDING INSPECTION

Following your inspection, your building inspector will provide you with a detailed report of the property. 

Inspect East’s inspections and reports are completed in line with the Australian Standards: 4349.1 and 4349.3.

Your report completed by our qualified and VBA registered inspectors: 

  • We’ll contact you immediately outlining your inspection results
  • A detailed report that is easy to understand with high-density photos to you within 24 hours 
  • Any recommendations on issues identified and how to solve them

If you’re in the process of purchasing a new property, don’t commit to contracts before you’ve received all your reports back from your builder or inspector.

If there’s any major issues or even minor defects identified with the property, this would give you time to negotiate or get any legal advice about any future actions. 

We’re dedicated to providing excellent end-to-end customer service with our clients, so if you have any questions after your inspection, please feel free to contact us.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER

Building inspections are a crucial component of any home purchase whether it’s for old or new buildings. Even if you’re not buying, they can give you peace of mind that the property is safe to occupy and up-to-date with Australian safety standards. 

For more information on our services or to book a building or pest inspection, get in touch with us.