Building Inspector Melbourne


No matter if you are buying, selling, or renting a home, getting a building inspection is one of the best investments you can make.

Building Inspector Melbourne Reports are important

A building inspection report will reveal whether there are any hidden surprises awaiting you before you move in.

Yes we’ve  whether added renters to this list as how many people renting get a building maintenance report before moving in- not many, not many agents do a comprehensive report including photos for there client so what happens when you leave and want your bond back

The landlord says that stain or that crack in the wall was not there, what proof do they have that in fact the defect was not there, who’s word do we take.

Now if a maintenance report was available this would not have been an issue as they would have been able to prove that no defects existed prior to there occupation.

While a building inspection may seem like a somewhat expensive initial outlay, it can prove to be very beneficial, as it gives an insight into the condition of the property.

People often make the mistake of not paying for a building inspection, which can become very expensive in the future due to unforeseen issues and repairs.

Before signing any legal real estate contracts, it’s critical to have a building inspection pre purchase report  undertaken on the property. If there is an issue discovered, there is an opportunity not to proceed with the purchase if costly repairs are required .If you buy at auction its too late as an auction is binding on the purchaser with no cooling off period.


Many other building inspectors do not check everything ,a lot just open the man hole have a look and leave they do not got right through checking for important item defects like termite damage and any structural damage within a roof with regards to roof joists and rafters.

We inspect the exterior of the building-Ceilings-Walls-Floors-Windows and frames-plastering-painting-stairs-bathrooms-kitchens including exhausts,ovens,cooktops-Balustrades and  stairs-Tiling-Plumbing fixtures and fittings as well as site drainage-Hot water units-Rising damp-roof space which is an important item as well as the sub floor-Roof coverings-Flashings=Gutters -Downpipes-Insulation-Eaves-Fascia’s and Barges these are just a few of inspected items that most building inspectors should check.

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Another scenario is that building works weren’t done in compliance with safety regulations and building codes and standards, which could lead to a death trap or accident waiting to happen.

Carrying out building inspector melbourne inspections will help alleviate these concerns and allow you to make an informed decision in regards to the condition of the property in advance, and to also negotiate a property price reduction to factor in the cost of the repairs

You may also request that the terms of the sales agreement cover the repairs in the final price.



Without a building inspector melbourne report, there is also the risk of making an unconditional offer on a property, only to find out that you are unable to take out insurance. The majority of banks require insurance as a condition of a loan agreement, and if an insurance company declines to offer insurance, then you run the risk of being out of pocket a significant amount for the deposit already paid. In the long run, a building inspection is one of the wisest investments you can make

Building Inspectors  Melbourne

Before purchasing a home in Melbourne, or anywhere around Australia, it’s crucial that you do your due diligence before signing any agreement or investing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Buying a property is one of the most significant decisions you will make in your life, and is not one to take lightly.

There is a long and complicated process that goes into buying a new property. Firstly you need to obtain finance and work out your budget, then the search begins. Once you have a shortlist of properties, its time to attend inspections/open homes. After finding the perfect property, it’s strongly recommended to organise a building and pest inspection by a Registered Building Practitioner.


A Building report may seem like an unnecessary cost, and one that can be avoided. However, with the significant amount being spent, sometimes in the millions, its one of the best investments you can make as the building inspection could save you thousands in the end.

building inspector melbourneMost homeowners want to keep their maintenance costs down, and the best way to do so is to eliminate unnecessary expenses. That’s why it’s essential to have your home checked for termites and other pests.

Having a building inspections report  will identify pests early, and reduce the risk of them spreading throughout the home. It will also provide the option to fumigate before it becomes out of control, and will prevent further infestations from happening, all while saving you money in the long term.

If there are termites in your home, and they go undetected, it could end up becoming very expensive to repair the damage they have caused, with the worst case scenario being that the entire home will require  to be demolished.

Always employ the services of a building inspector before your next house purchase in Melbourne

You can use this list to easy identify and inspect areas of property

Check off those items that are in good condition and make notes about those that are not. (Note that this list describes an ideal house, but in our experience no house is perfect – not even brand new ones!!)

This list below is only some of the items we inspect for a full list contact House-Inspections

There are over 1000 items of a property that are inspected below are some of the areas and items that are inspected fort any defects.


Proper grading of site water not going to foundations, drainage away from house

No evidence of blocked drains

Trees and walkways in good condition

No branches or bushes touching house or overhanging the roof

Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, detached garages) in good condition, no evidence of termite damage or rot to any timbers

Railings on stairs and decks are adequate and secure with no movement

Driveways, sidewalks, patios, landings in good condition, and falling away from property

Down pipes drainage directed away from the house

Ridge and fascia board lines straight and level

Sides of house appear straight, not bowed or sagging

Window and door frames appear square (especially bowed windows)

Visible foundation in good condition – appears straight, plumb, with no significant cracking to any areas

Masonry brickwork in good condition, no cracks evident

lintels OK with no rust visible

Exterior surfaces such as Windows, Doors and Wood Trim are ok with no rot

No gaps between walls and window junctions


No broken glass panes or damaged screens

Flashing to windows OK


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No evidence of broken tiles or rust to metal decks

No debris into gutters

Valleys and flashings ok

Roof line level with no dips

Ridge capping ok

Soffits and fascia’s not showing any signs of rot to timber.

No plumbing penetrations through brickwork that have not been sealed

No rust to Gutters, are they secured with no sagging or evidence of ponding.

Insulation ok to internal roof joists, any sisalation to tiles

Interior Rooms

Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb

No stains on floors, walls or ceilings

Flooring/tiling in good condition

No cracks to walls or ceilings

Windows and exterior doors operate easily and latch properly, no broken glass, no sashes painted shut, no decay; windows and doors have weather-stripping,

Interior doors operate easily and latch properly, no damage or decay, locks working as intended

Paint, wall covering, and wall panels in good condition with no termite or borer damage

Light switches operating as intended

Heating and cooling units working

Exhaust fans in good working order

Stoves and cook tops working as intended

Dishwasher working ok, draining ok

No leaks below cabinets in bathrooms,laundry,kitchen

No water hammer with adequate water pressure

Cabinets in good working order

Sinks bathtubs and showers drain as intended

No sign of rusting to metal laundry cabinets

Toilets operation ok,no blockages noted

Toilet secured as required and caulked

All caulking to tile junctions ok with no voids

Garage door opening and closing as intended, evidence of motor

Evidence of moisture internally or in roof space and sub floor

Foundations ok

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Stumps in sub floor ok ,no rot at base

Bearers and floor joists ok no termite damage

Soil not damp, no debris to sub floor

Roof space

Rafter and ceiling joist ok ,no defects noted

No termite damage to any structural timbers

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