Defect Inspection Reports

When do i need a Building Defect Report ?

A building defect report lists any problems or flaws in a building that could compromise its safety or structural integrity. The Building Act of 1993 says that this document must be presented. If it is not, the property owner will not be able to receive a final occupancy permit.

If a client has a problem with bathroom water leaks, or building cracks to new buildings then you will be advised to get a building defect report to present to your builder for his rectification as well as VCAT will require this report as well.

New homes have many defects upon completion so ensuring you receive a building defect report is a wise decision

Problems faced when buying/selling property:

Structural issues:

Properties may have structural issues such as cracks in  foundation/walls, roof leaks, uneven floors that can be expensive to fix 

Pest infestations:

Pests such as termites, rodents or ants can cause significant damage to a property & may be difficult to detect without a professional inspection.

Plumbing issues:

Leaks or blockages in the plumbing system can cause water damage & may require costly repairs or replacements. 

Compliance issues:

Some properties may have compliance issues such as unapproved structures or additions, which cause problems with local council regulations & affect property’s value. 

Defects issues:

Major components of a building, including the exterior, ceilings, walls, floors, windows, doors inspection of any structural building defects.

Insulation issues:

Poor insulation or ventilation can cause energy inefficiencies, leading to high heating & cooling costs for residents

Defect Reports are Important

You need a defects report to find out who is responsible for the bad, unfinished, or inadequate work in your house and to get a full picture of the problems and how they affect the building structure.
For owner-builders, this report shows that they have met their legal duties as a builder and helps them manage the building process without making mistakes that will cost a lot of money.

The defect report can also show bad workmanship by the builder including waterproofing defects, roof plumbing defects, and or just general building defects that the builder has not built the house to a standard that is acceptable to the building code, the client will email the report to the builder expecting that the builder will rectify all defects within the report but unfortunately many times the builder will dispute these findings leaving the client with lodging complaint with the VBA and VCAT.

We have found some builders inserting into their building contracts different building standards from what are in the VBA guidelines giving them more breathing space in not rectifying most defects, how the VBA lets them get away with this I don’t know.

Defining Building Defect Inspections

You can find lots of companies that offer a wide range of building defects and other reports but with the pre-purchase building pest inspection business being unregulated in Victoria it’s so important to check out your building inspector first with the VBA before progressing further..

A building inspection is an inspection performed by a building inspector or a VBA-registered building practitioner who inspects for defects within a property to allow a purchaser to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the purchase or to renegotiate the contract price.

Under these circumstances, it would be foolhardy to proceed without the proper advice, check with the VBA if your inspector is registered.  

Advance Tools & Technology​

Moisture Meters

Moisture meters are used to detect the presence & levels of moisture within building materials such as wood, drywall, & concrete. These meters help identify areas of potential water damage, leaks, or moisture intrusion, which leads to structural issues or mold growth.


Thermal Camera

Infrared camera building inspections identify problems by viewing differences in temperature on a gradient scale through thermal imaging. his is a non-invasive temperature measurement tool that can keep you from spending money on repairs in the future.


A borescope is a flexible tube with a camera and light attached to it. It’s used to visually inspect areas that are difficult to access, such as inside wall cavities, ductwork, or pipes. By using borescope, our inspectors can examine the condition of hidden components and identify any defects or damages.

Termatrac Device

Termatrac’s detection technology is unique to the market, designed and specifically calibrated to detect termites and other insect activity. The radar technology confirms movement by penetrating through most building materials to locate and track termite and other insect activity.

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We are committed to providing you with the highest quality building and pest inspection services. To hire our building inspection services in Melbourne, contact our team at 0450 632 867 and book an inspection today. 

Our Most Valuable Clients

kayla bishop
kayla bishop
George and Anne were very prompt and efficient in arranging a pre purchase building and pest inspection for me. The report was detailed and George called me to explain the defects noted. Highly recommend to all!
Scott Whitehead
Scott Whitehead
George and Anne are fantastic! Right from the get go Anne got in contact with me very promptly and George was on the job within two days giving us great and thorough feedback. Highly recommend the service
Sharna B
Sharna B
Highly recommend this service. Anne and George were so helpful. Thank you
Excellent service and wonderful job done
Cynthia Listis
Cynthia Listis
I Building and pest inspection conducted by George went better than we expected as initially we were sceptical to spend the money as property seemed ok but when Building report was emailed to us we were surprised at so many detailed defects,we eventually got the vendor to fix all issues so we did save ourselves a lot of money,George was extremely helpful with taking us through the report, highly recommended
William Luu
William Luu
Efficient and professional with practical advice. George picked up on some critical items and provided great follow up advice on how to address the issues. Was able to speak to him for a good half hour as a follow up on any questions I had.
Danica Pringle
Danica Pringle
Super professional and gave me such valued advice on a potential property purchase! Great and prompt service, will not hesitate to get in touch with George again throughout my house hunting journey
Ryan Antidormi
Ryan Antidormi
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Yang C
Yang C
George's service is professional, responsive, and friendly. He does a good job even when it is called upon on short notice. His reports are comprehensive and he's always available for a follow-up chat for clarification or quotation for maintenance/fixing. He's direct and will provide you with an objective view of needs to be done. Thanks George.

We provide building inspections throughout the Melbourne area whether in the Western, Eastern, or Northern suburbs, we are there. Make an informed decision, contact us on 0450 632 867 for free advice, or to book an inspection today. Trust us to provide you with the most reliable and professional building inspection services in Melbourne.