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Buying a home is one of the largest purchases you will make. It makes sense to do your homework and get an independent building inspector in for a pre-purchase inspection before making your final decision, just like you would get a vehicle checked over by a mechanic before handing over your money. Whether you're buying a family home or an investment property, a building inspection will ensure you're making the right choice as a fully-informed buyer.

Don't leave such an important part of the property buying process to the inexperienced. Get a licenced expert from Inspect My Home to thoroughly check the property and provide you with a comprehensive building inspection report so you can move on to the next step fast.

Book your inspection online or contact us for a quote on 1300 337 447.

The Building Inspection Process: What's Involved? 

The building inspection process starts with an inspector visiting the property in question and conducting a thorough inspection of all accessible parts of the property to look for any underlying issues and damage. Typically, your inspector will check the following areas:


A detailed Building Inspection or Property Report is then provided to you within 24-48 hours. It's important to note that the pre-purchase report is not an all-encompassing document dealing with every aspect of the property, and it is not a warranty against further building defects. 

Why Get A Building Inspection?

The purpose of a building inspection is to warn you about any significant damage to the building such as structural damage or major defects that could impact on the property's structural integrity and needs to be carried out by a professional. A qualified building inspector will have the experience needed to find the most common building defects and faults and give advice on the significance of the fault.

However its important to seek additional advice from a relevant professional, such as an electrician, engineer, plumber or carpenter, to further determine the severity of any defect found as well as the cost to correct it. In some extreme cases an underlying issue could end up costing the property buyer thousands of dollars to rectify. 

Read our article: What Does a Building Inspection Cover?.

Attending The Inspection

We highly recommended that you are present during the inspection so that your inspector can point out any areas of concern and answer any questions you may have. In conjunction with a standard building inspection we generally recommend carrying out a termite and pest inspection on the property as well. These often go hand in hand to ensure the property is safe from existing termite pest damage or infestation.

Our experienced inspectors are licensed to perform pre-purchase pest inspections using the latest equipment including thermal imaging technology and moisture meters to detect the presence of termites.

Ask us about getting a combined building and pest inspection and save off the total inspection cost.

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Building Inspections Explained

A Building Inspection Report (or a Pre Purchase Building Inspection for newly constructed homes) is a comprehensive report that comments on structural defects or damage, conditions conducive to structural damage, as well as any defects in the condition of secondary and finishing elements to the property. 

The building and pest inspection report will also highlight any areas the inspector was unable to access on the day of the property inspection. Photographs may show defects and/or areas of concern that the inspector has noticed in the course of the building inspection. View our gallery from previous inspections to see some of our findings.

The Building Inspection Report will contain a description of the property and the materials used in the construction of the building, and is typically conducted prior to the purchase of a property. In fact, the QBCC recommends making it a condition of your contract that you are satisfied with the outcome of your inspection and can sometimes even influence the overall purchase price of a property.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our building inspection services include: 

Major defects refer to any damage or deviation in any of the major components of a building which is likely to result in the structure being unusable. This defect is also severe enough to cause destruction or collapse of all or some part of the building. 

Major components of a building are essentially any load-bearing building elements such as: 

  • Foundations
  • Footings
  • Floors
  • Walls 
  • Beams
  • Joints
  • Rafters
  • Columns
  • Roof Trusses
  • Fire Safety Systems
  • Waterproofing

Common examples of major defects include cracks and damage to the foundation, floors, slabs and/or walls. 

Minor defects are relatively small defects and might affect the appearance or function of the property but does not compromise on the structural integrity of the building. This could include blemishes, wall dents, uneven finishes, corrosion or thin cracks. 

While they might not be as significant as a major defect, it's important to identify them so any maintenance requirements can be planned for. 

A structural defect is defined as any fault or disparity from the planned structural performance of a building - they can be major or minor defects. 

Common examples of structural issues include: 

  • Exposed gaps between the walls 
  • Walls and ceiling cracks
  • Uneven floors 
  • Warped ceilings
  • Crumbling concrete

Read more about how to identify minor and major structural defects at your property.

An uneven floor can vary in severity and doesn't always require immediate action, however it could be the result of cracked floor joints, termite damage or insufficient sub-floors. 

We recommend seeking a professional contractor for expert advice on how to resolve this issue. 

The short answer is yes!

It's a common misconception amongst potential buyers that if a newly built property has passed the required staged inspections by a certifier that it must have no flaws. Unfortunately this is not the case - council inspectors and building certifiers only enforce building code compliance, and do not comment on the materials or workmanship.

This is why its important for a property buyer to enlist the services of an independent inspector who will thoroughly check a new property for quality of workmanship and materials, whether construction meets acceptable standards, as well as for any defects. 

View some of the common issues found in newly constructed homes.

Here are a few of the most common issues found during house inspections:

  • Termite damage 
  • Electrical wiring
  • Damp, leaks or mould
  • Lack of termite control system
  • Subfloor issues
  • Lack of general maintanance
  • Drainage issues
  • Cracks in brickwork 
  • Issues resulting from DIY renovations and alterations

This list is by no means exhaustive, but a general overview of problems we see on a regular basis.

The cost of a building inspection depends on the size of the property and the type of property being inspected. I.e. a large acreage home will attract a different price to an apartment, townhouse or a Queenslander-style home on stilts. 

Also if you're looking to get additional inspection services such as a pest inspection or dilapidation report then you are looking at extra costs.

Inspect My Home offer competitive prices when it comes to our inspection services, and any client opting for a combined building and pest inspection can save off the total cost. 

View more information about our inspection costs here

Ideally, getting a building inspection done before entering into contract of sale is best to get all the facts about the property's condition before making your offer. In today's fast-moving market though, this can be difficult to achieve.

It is now commonplace for the buyer to arrange for a building inspection as soon as their initial offer has been accepted and they have entered into contract. However, its important to include a condition in your contract that the sale is "subject to building and pest inspection" so that, if a potentially costly or significant structural issue is found, you can still back out of the sale. A solicitor or conveyancer will be able to assist you in wording this correctly. 

Depending on what has been agreed upon between the two parties, the building and pest inspection will need to be carried out within 7-14 days of the offer being accepted.

Alternatively if you are going to auction, you should arrange for a building and pest to be carried out before auction day because if you are the successful bidder, then you are likely to be unconditional.  

Read: When To Walk Away From A Property

We are often asked whether it is the buyer's or seller's responsibility to arrange and pay for the building inspection.

Typically it is up to the buyer to both organise and pay for a building and pest inspection on any prospective property they are interested in - it is simply part of the due diligence required before going ahead with the property purchase.

However, we have seen a rise in pre-sale property inspections whereby the seller wishes to detect any potential issues with their property prior to putting in on the market, and avoid any unnecessary surprises. In this instance the seller would cover the inspection cost.

Inspect My Home are one of the largest providers in Australia, providing a full range of professional property inspection services in the following locations:

Western Australia


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Contact Inspect My Home

Inspect My Home have provided informative and independent property inspections for clients since 1995, and over the past 25 years have grown into one of the largest and most trusted companies in the building inspection industry in Australia. Our experienced team of qualified building inspectors are fully licensed and covered with professional indemnity insurance. 

Our friendly team of building and pest inspectors will provide you with a comprehensive inspection report on any prospective property in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Perth and more. View our service area or contact our helpful team for more information today on 1300 337 447.

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For more information about our building and pest inspection services visit our Help Centre. To arrange a building inspection, visit our booking page for a quote or contact us free on 1300 337 447.

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Why Choose Us?

  • We're fully licensed & insured - did you know that inspectors don't require a license in some states?
  • Reports within 24 hours - receive a detailed report by email within 24 hours, or on the same day in urgent cases
  • Detailed reports - our easy to understand reports contain photos and are independent of any third party. We work for you!
  • We'll handle your agent - we will liaise with your real estate agent to confirm an inspection time and keep you informed.
  • Verbal Report - can be provided upon request.
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