What is a pre-purchase Building Inspection?
A visual inspection of all accessible areas of the building, it will inform you about major structural defects and smaller maintenances issues that can have an effect on the structure over time.
Why should I have a building report regardless age of the property?
I have found over the years that significant defects or maintenance issues are present in most buildings inspected whether old or new after years in the building industry. I have gained valuable practical knowledge over many years that I use to identify even difficult hidden defects.
Can I be present during the inspection?
Yes, you’re encouraged to be present for your inspection if this fits your schedule, this enables you to observe the inspection process, to have any questions answered first hand or voice any concerns you may have so that the inspector may address them.
Why can’t I just inspect the house myself?
If you possess the expertise and knowledge necessary to examine all of the complex systems that make up a house, then there is no technical reason why you cannot do it yourself. Most of us, however, do not have this expertise.
That is where a certified building inspector comes in. They provide the expertise you need to help you make an informed decision. And even if you do have the expertise to do the job yourself, it’s still not a bad idea to have an independent third party perform a completely objective and unbiased examination of the property.
How long does a Building inspection take?
It depends on the size and style of the property generally the inspection process can take anywhere from one to two hours.
Should new houses be inspected to?
Absolutely! New houses have the potential to carry with them their own unique variety of problems ranging from work that was accidentally omitted during construction, to defective factory components.
Is the roof space inspected too?
Yes, your inspector will inspect the whole roof space, as long as there is enough clearance to get in and out.
Does a building inspection come with a warranty or a guarantee?
No. An inspection is a written professional opinion of the condition of the property at the time of the inspection and the inspection itself is limited to what is visibly accessible at the time.
Can call to clarify something after receiving my report?
Definitely it’s important before the finalising of a contract that you fully know the condition of the property.