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.