Building and Pest Inspection Freqently Asked Questions

What questions should I ask at the
Building and Pest Inspection?

Here are a few questions that you should ask your Building and Pest Inspector, so you know you are on an even playing field:

Why should I get a pre purchase inspection?

A pre purchase building and pest inspection gives you an expert opinion based on many years of experience about the condition of the property relative to other properties of the same age. It will also identify current defects and any conditions that may be conducive to termite infestation. It is important to remember that a pre purchase inspections is not a guarantee or warranty against anything happening in future with the property. Unfortunately no one has x-ray vision, or the ability to see into the future, so we cannot see inside areas we cannot access or behind areas where goods are stored by the owner.

How long does the inspection take?

Depending on the size and condition of the property, the onsite part of our inspections take anywhere from 1-3 hours. This time allows the Inspector to gain a comprehensive understanding of the property and any issues it may have.

What Industry experience does the Inspector have?

Our Inspector has more than 20 years in the Building and Construction Industry, is a licensed Master Builder, and has extensive experience in heritage restorations, renovations, new builds, and therefore has the ability to spot a problem before it becomes a problem!

Can I attend the Inspection?

Yes! As a matter of fact, we encourage it! This way you get to have an open discussion with the Inspector about the house and any issues or areas of concern you may have about the property. The Inspector will still conduct the inspection on his own, but you are welcome to wait to discuss his findings. It will also mean you won’t find any surprises in your report!

What if I have questions about the Inspection? Will I be able to speak to the Inspector directly?

Yes! If you attend the Inspection you will be able to speak directly with the Inspector before and after the Inspection. If you cannot attend or have additional questions once you have received your report, you can phone the Inspector directly, even after hours. We want to make sure you have the information you need to decide on the property.

What if I want the inspector to address special concerns I have about the property?

That’s easy. Either when you are booking or when you arrive at the property, just mention it to the Inspector and he will address it for you.

How long until I get the report?

We will email a comprehensive report to you the same day, but that doesn’t mean we cut corners on the content – although the number of pages for each house will be different, around 50 pages for a small house with a few minor issues is a guide to how comprehensive our reports are. If you’d like a sample, we can email you one on request.

Does the report have pictures?

Yes, our Inspector will take photos of major and minor defects, anything that can’t be inspected due to accessibility or safety, and any other areas of interest.

What if the property has structural defects or termites?

If the inspection reveals any structural defects or termites, a photo will be taken to aid in the description of the defect or location of termites (or conditions conducive to termite infestation) and recommendations will be made as to the best course of action. Where that involves further inspection by other trades (e.g. electrical hazards) then this will be recommended in your report. Termites will always require immediate treatment.

What happens if you find asbestos?

Our Inspector holds a Class B Asbestos license so you can be assured that he is well versed in identifying and advising on options to deal with asbestos. Note that a full asbestos audit is not part of a pre purchase building inspection, so in some cases you may be referred to this service if it is a particular concern.

Do you give discounts to first home buyers?

We offer free, extra support for first home buyers by offering a complimentary Building Consultancy, where you can ask an experienced master builder questions about the property including ongoing maintenance requirements, renovation possibilities, or cost saving options.

I am purchasing a property with a pool. Do I have to obtain a pool safety certificate?

Normally it is the owner’s responsibility to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate, however there are provisions for the owner to pass the responsibility on to the buyer if they complete a Form 36. More information about Pool Safety Certificates is available from the QBCC here.