Building Disputes Melbourne

How To Resolve a Building Dispute

When a building or construction dispute arises, the parties involved feel lost and wonder what the next step should be. Disputes are time-consuming and can harmful contractors reputation as well as damage the relationship between the client and the builder. The claims made can cost both parties and the project can get disrupted due to it. When a dispute arises, these are they ways in which a contractor can resolve them easily.

building disputes melbourne

Firstly, it is important to understand why a dispute arises. It is usually due to disagreements between the parties involved on a contract. They can arise due to perceived or real violation of the contract and the obligations that were set forth by the parties.Here are some other reasons due to which the disputes arise

● Lack of understanding of the terms

● Delay on the contract.

● Failure to meet the contract.

● Incomplete claims that are made by parties.

Disputes cannot be considered a breach of contract, they can become one and lead to termination of contract or a claim against the contractor surety bond. In order to reduce the chances of disputes that may occur, the parties involved in the contract can take proactive steps before the project begins.

By employing the services of an independent building inspector you will receive a detailed building inspection report detailing all building defects and why they should be rectified by the builder.

You will require this report for VCAT.


To reduce the chances of a dispute, each aspect of construction needs to be optimized. Construction dispute resolution begins with contract and clarifying the clauses. Other measures when planning to execute the project include the following:

● Proper planning before work begins.

● It is necessary to read the contract and understand it properly.

● The clauses need to be negotiated that are problematic.

● When it comes to pre-construction work, it is important to be diligent. Planning estimate, schedule, contact subcontractor, plan important orders, etc.

● Have realistic schedules and executable plans. Think about delays and disruptions and plan have back ups.

● The documents and daily reports need to be made.

● Deal with the problems instantly instead of postponing it.

● Plan and identify the risks in advance and consult a specialist

● Increase the predictability of every process and provide information transparently to all the parties involved.

The methods to resolve building disputes are:

● Negotiation – It is a clause which states that if there is a dispute between the parties, the parties will try to resolve it amongst themselves before moving on to other options.

● Mediation – It is a clause that suggest the inclusion of neutral third party in the dispute to help mediate the process of resolving the issue. The mediation is not legally binding in any way, but is an effective way of getting a solution and avoiding a complete mess.

● Expert determination – It can be considered an alternative to mediation which is used to resolve the building disputes of special nature. It is also used in cases where a specialist’s opinion is required. It cannot be legally forced on any party though.

● Adjudication – It is a method that includes a neutral third party which will give the final decision on the matter. If the dispute does not get resolved by decision itself, the court can enforce the adjudicator’s decision on the parties.

● Arbitration – If both parties decide to choose this option, they will have a neutral third party enter the situation to help get it resolved. Here the parties have to agree

to the arbitrator as he has valid experience. He checks the documents and facts before coming to a decision.

● Litigation – It is included in the dispute clause that if in any case the parties are not able to find any other way to resolve the issue, it will go to VCAT. It is also legally binding and enforceable, but can be appealed against as well. It is one of the slowest and costliest processes which is why people prefer other options.

By choosing any of these methods the parties can resolve their issues. The cost of each method is different and arbitration is considered to be the most costly option amongst them.

Roof Inspections Melbourne

House Inspection Details: What’s the Roof Inspection Like?

A roof’s condition determines your home’s value and durability.

The roof protects the home’s interior and exterior, not to mention the people living in it.

Building roof defects in Melbourne may bring a home’s value down or damage its integrity. A regular house inspection can tell you the roof’s condition and how to fix it.

A building inspector that understands roofs in Melbourne can test the integrity of the roof. the inspector will look for serious problems, and even forecast when you may need a replacement roof., we recommend paying for a roof inspection annually.

Roof Inspections Melbourne

What Makes a Roof?

Your roof has an internal and external structure. Internally, the roof is made of timber or steel.

The exterior, or the part you see, is made of your typical roofing materials, such as tiles or shingles. The roof’s interior components remain intact as long as the roof’s exterior components are stable. The moment the exterior components become damaged, you run the risk of the following building roof defects in Melbourne:

  • Water leaks
  • Mold problems
  • Damaged plaster
  • Structural defects

A proper roof inspection will include an inspection of the interior and exterior roof components. You’ll then receive a detailed report showing you the roof’s condition.

roof inspections Melbourne

How Does a Roof House Inspection Work?

A proper roof house inspection requires a professional to walk on the roof, inspecting each aspect closely. Yes, you could inspect the roof yourself, but at least once a year, let a professional do it.

You may notice small issues, which we discuss below, but the bigger issues that ruin a roof’s integrity are best left for the professionals.

A reputable inspector will inspect all aspects of the roof, not just the metal deck or tiles. The inspector should look at the gutter and downpipes, as well as the flashing, chimney, and vents. Inspectors look for obvious things like holes, missing or broken tiles and obvious damage.

But, they also look for less obvious weak spots or areas that are about to become a bigger problem than they seem.   A roof inspection should leave you with an idea of the time left on the roof. You should also understand the repairs the roof requires.

The report should include a listing of all concerns on the Melbourne roof tiling, whether they are unsafe or about to become a structural issue.   The faster you deal with the issues found during the building inspection, the more you can minimize the damage. A faulty roof can cause extreme interior and exterior damage. Take the roofing inspection report seriously, when you receive it.

The Right Steps for Roof Maintenance

Roof maintenance is just as important as roof inspections. With proper maintenance, you can avoid the risk of leaks, water damage, mold growth, and even a loss of personal property. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t realize there’s a leak until the damage is done.   Preventing water damage is as simple as:

  • Keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of debris
  • Applying coating and sealant to the roof’s exterior
  • You can also prevent damage to your roof from the hot summer sun by:
  • Sealing and insulating the interior of your home
  • Keeping the interior of your home cool during the hot summer months

Can you do Your Own Roof Inspection?

We highly recommend that you have a professional look for building roof defects annually. This helps you know your roof’s exact condition, what needs fixing, and how much life you have left on it. In the meantime, though, there are certain steps you can take to ensure the livelihood of your roof.

Inspecting the Exterior of Your Roof

While we never recommend that you walk on your roof yourself, you can check for major issues with your roof by looking at street level or from a ladder.

From street level, you can look for missing or severely damaged tiles/shingles. You may also see damaged flashing or large pools of water sitting on the roof. Look closely at your gutters – are they overflowing? Are there pools of water near the foundation?

Next, get up on a ladder and look for less obvious concerns, such as loose or damaged nails, sagging ridges, rusting metal near the vent or chimney. Do you notice any areas of depression?

would you know if your roof was bowed??

Inspecting the Interior of Your Roof

Checking your roof’s exterior often will reduce the need to check for damage inside. If you notice any of the following issues inside, though, you caught the issue too late. You may have severe damage on your hands:

  • Light streaming through the roof
  • A moist or sagging ceiling
  • Water leaks anywhere near the roof
  • Water stains running down the walls

The Top Reasons to Hire a Building Inspector for Your Roof House Inspection

We know that it’s easy to assume you can do the roof inspection yourself. Many people do exactly this.

They don’t call until they see some of the signs we talked about above – the interior signs of water damage that signify the roof has major issues.

What if you could catch those issues before they became such a large problem? That’s the importance of hiring a building inspector at least once a year, to check the integrity of your roof. If you do your own roof inspection (which is fine in between professional inspections) and notice any of the above issues, call a professional right away.

The building inspector can give you the lowdown on the exact problems and solutions.   Wouldn’t you rather pay for an inspection now and lower the cost of roofing maintenance and repairs?

If you wait too long and the damage is extensive, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in damage when you could have prevented the issues with a building inspection.   Are you ready for a professional building inspection on your home in Melbourne? Check out our services to see how we can help you. If you prefer to talk in person, call us at 0450 632 867.

Melbourne Building Defects


Melbourne building defects



Building Inspection Defects within a new building may include issues like not complying with the energy report, the report may specify double glazing and only single glazing has been installed or if the report states that you require 3000 lt water tank and a 2000 water tank has been provided and if its not sitting on concrete footings then that’s a defect as well.

The new build is required to comply with the BCA (Building Code of Australia) as well as the Standards and tolerances

Your building inspector will be able to identify and make a list of all defects found (major or minor) for you to provide to your builder for rectification before handover

Often in new building inspections we may find that the flashings have not been installed as required ie gutters are defective if they retain a depth of more than 10mm of water ,gutters and downpipes are required to be securely fixed, wall and step flashings .and sloping sloping flashings cut into walls are defective if they do not incorporate weathering folds-these are all listed in the VBA s Standards and Tolerances

Framing is defective if they deviate by more than 4mm in any 2 m length )vertical or horizontal bow)

building inspection defectsStumps are defective if they deviate from vertical by more than 10mm in the 1 st metre of length
Levelness of concrete floors Except where documented otherwise, new floors are defective if within the first 24 months of handover they differ in level by more than 10 mm in any room or area, or more than 4 mm in any 2 m length. The overall deviation of floor level to the entire building footprint shall not exceed 20 mm. Refer to Item I of this Guide where the new floor is to abut an existing floor.-refer to the standards and tolerances 2015

In older buildings that have been constructed prior to 1960 when the building construction standards were not as rigid these buildings do still comply and do not require alterations to comply with today’s requirements unless you intend to change some building elements that will need to be compliant with the current BCA requirements

Many older buildings develop cracks over a period of time ,these cracks require to be assessed as to there width and require monitoring to discover whether the cracks increase in size ,a lot of these cracks are due to normal building settlement which is minor but sometimes these cracks can develop due to ground heave or subsidence which is either the sudden or gradual downward settling of the grounds surface

Its always wise to get a registered building Practitioner to inspect your home prior to signing the building contract and just as important if your house is a new build

Recently inspected two units that were built with so many defects that i was dumfounded that a builders work could be this bad.

I have inspected many new buildings in my time but i have never encountered anything this bad.

The owner was so stressed he did not know what to do, the builder was in the 734 the day of the build and still not finished

The owner was within his rights to terminate the building contract and should have received advice from a solicitor earlier than when he finally did.

As it turned out the solicitor that he employed was not up to date with the building requirements and the client was not receiving relevant advice and at $450 per hour that he was being charged he was going very close to being broke himself .

So important to employ a solicitor that has experience with VCAT and can get you out of a building contract legally without having to spend a fortune on legal fees.

building inspection defectsThere were major defects with the flooring levels off one of the units, the front half of the house was built on stumps and the rear half was a concrete slab.

The concrete slab floor level was not in alignment with the front half of the house, out of by 45mm ,which made the entire rear section out of alignment with the rest of the build, why did the building surveyor not pick this up-DISGRACEFUL

The Specifications section 1.0 of the energy report stated that all window and sliding doors were to be double glazing but the builder ignored this and installed single glazing.

Should the building surveyor have also picked this up-no he didn’t WHY ??

Termite protection was also a requirement but again was not provided.

All the appliances installed were different to what was required within the specifications

All timber used including lintels and beams were to be treated pine -again this was not picked up

The brickwork used was a different color to what was in the specifications

No insulation was installed into roof space, no ladders supplied for manholes, balustrades not installed in true position as per working drawings, no instantaneous hot water service installed, no water tank installed, the list goes on and one-UNBELIEVABLE but true.

The VBA states that Building surveyors and building inspectors are responsible for making sure that buildings are safe, energy efficient and liveable.

They interact with other professionals such as engineers, architects and builders to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed to comply with building regulations as well as

Carry out inspections of building work to verify if the building work complies with the building permit, the Building Act 1993 and building

• Prepare a written record of building work inspected, documenting details of noncompliant features Well in this case it seems that the Building surveyor did not comply with the above requirements of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

Always get your new building inspected by a registered building practitioner don’t take short cuts ,for the small cost involved its well worth it

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867

Building Inspections Melbourne Do I Need One

Residential Building Inspections are important in Melbourne

building inspections melbourne-do i need one?

It’s important that you get your building inspection prior to signing any legal contracts. Doing so prior to signing gives you the opportunity to back out of a sale that you don’t want to carry on with, which can save you money in the long run or you may be able to renegotiate the price.

We abide by all victorian building authority guidelines during our building inspections and pre auction building inspections in melbourne.


I have inspected so many homes after the clients have purchased that are riddled with so many defects that required thousands to rectify if they had conducted pre purchase building inspection prior to purchase they would have saved thousands yes building inspections are important.


A Building and Pest Inspection costs approx between $450-$700 depending on the size of the property and location ,a pest inspection on its own costs approx $300 so a Building and Pest Inspection at $500 is good value and the inspection most preferred by clients


Building and Pest Inspection is different to just a Building Inspection as during the inspection no inspection will be conducted looking for live termites or damage by termites to any structure of the building therefore the building that you are looking to buy may have substantial termite damage that you wont now exists therefore costing you thousands to rectify once moving in to your new home, its always wise to have a termite inspection for the small cost involved


For the amount of destruction termites can do to a property its always essential to include a termite inspection as part of the building inspection.


By getting a home inspection completed, you will also find that you may have more bargaining power and can renegotiate the price down if you find that there are defects that need to be repaired.


Property pre purchase inspections are essential for a number of reasons and can save you significant issues in the long run. When you’re spending hundreds of thousands on a property, a few hundred dollars is “nothing” in the grand scheme of things.


When you get a property pre purchase inspection, you will be able to identify structural or other issues that may either be costly to repair, or could pose a serious risk to you later on.

A pre purchase inspection will give you the opportunity make one of two decisions.

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 juctions
  • No broken glass panes or damaged screens
  • Flashing to windows OK


  • 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 fascias 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
  • 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

Not many people realize that there is no requirement for building inspectors doing pre purchase building inspections in Melbourne to be registered with the VBA so its very important that you check you your building inspectors credentials before hiring him, read his reviews as this always give you a good indication of the workmanship of the practitioner.

There are many people who call themselves consultants as well and they have the knowledge to conduct pre purchase inspections as they were Registered but have decided to no longer work as builders as they may be semi retired or don’t want the constant rigours involved with building-there are many great building consultants that are no longer registered with the VBA

House Inspections are Registered Building Practitioners servicing all Melbourne suburbs ,for more information ring George on 0450 653 867




Building Contracts Melbourne

Understanding Your Building Contract

When you’ve spent a lot of time and energy finding the right block, and you’ve chosen the builder who will construct your beautiful new home, be sure to read the entire building contract carefully before you sign it. You should not only make the effort and read it but fully understand your obligations under the contract as well as those of the builder. It’s a good idea to ask your solicitor to check the contract for you before you sign it to make sure there are no loopholes or errors that will cost you money down the track.

What Are the Laws Regarding Building Contracts?

In Australia, consumers and builders must have a written, formal contract that meets all the requirements of your state or territory’s Domestic Building Contracts Act. The contract is a legally binding document which is between you and your builder and it contains various kinds of information which will include details about progress payments, a clear start date and completion date and the particular specifications for your new build.

When you’ve spent a lot of time and energy finding the right block, and you’ve chosen the builder who will construct your beautiful new home, be sure to read the entire building contract carefully before you sign it. You should not only make the effort and read it but fully understand your obligations under the contract as well as those of the builder. It’s a good idea to ask your solicitor to check the contract for you before you sign it to make sure there are no loopholes or errors that will cost you money down the track.

What Are the Laws Regarding Building Contracts?

In Australia, consumers and builders must have a written, formal contract that meets all the requirements of your state or territory’s Domestic Building Contracts Act. The contract is a legally binding document which is between you and your builder and it contains various kinds of information which will include details about progress payments, a clear start date and completion date and the particular specifications for your new build.

Why You Must Read and Understand Your Contract

The main and crucial reason you should be crystal clear about every aspect of the contract is if any incorrect information is written in it – whether it’s part of the original agreement or a variation –  IT IS NOT LEGALLY BINDING.

Who Draws Up the Contract?

Contracts provide a basic guideline if a dispute between you and your builder arises. Your builder could have a lawyer draw up a contract or use their industry association’s standard contract for domestic builds. No matter what contract is used, you are obliged to educate yourself on the contents of the document and the process of the building contract.

To Help With the Contractual Process, Here Are Some Tips:

  • Make absolutely sure your contract has a precise start and finish date.
  • Make sure there is a reference to detailed plans, structural drawings and/or specification.
  • Make sure there is a clear statement about your cooling-off period.
  • Make sure you have your contract checked by a lawyer or a specialist building consultant before you sign it.
  • If there are any blank sections at all in the contract, be very sure to cross them out.
  • Check all details concerning insurance, particularly warranty insurance.
  • Make absolutely sure you fully understand the cost of the work and any variations that might occur in the future during the build.
  • Read and understand the Domestic Building Contracts Act in your state territory. The Act outlines a number of warranties applied to all domestic building contracts, so you should know whether or not the work carried out on your build meets those standards.
  • Fully comprehend the schedule of progress payments which are outlined under Section 40 of the Act. If you are entering into your own schedule of payments, you ought to seek legal advice about it.
  • Be absolutely sure to document all variations, and make sure you understand them before the work begins and before you sign off on them.
  • Remember, you have a five-day cooling off period after you sign the contract.
  • From day one, be sure to document all work conducted, and where possible, get everything in writing.
  • Record the progress of your build by taking photographs regularly and date them.

House Inspections is an established building inspection company operating throughout Victoria,  Geelong, and surrounding areas. Our company is run by registered builders who offer a professional service, and who write full, comprehensive reports that are easy to understand. Our Inspectors are VBA Registered Practitioners with many years of experience serving all of Melbourne. Call us today on 0450 632 867 or email

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Building Pest Inspections Can Save You Money

A Building pest inspection conducted on a property you may want to buy can save you money and sometimes lots of money depending what is found by the inspector during the inspection.

Making sure that your building contract does not have the working “subject to a building defect or structural defect” as these clauses have the potential to not be abe to re negotiate the contract price in the event that minor defects exist.

We recently inspected a property in which most of the items inspected were satisfactory with no major structural defects found but we did include in our building report that there was one item that was listed as a minor defect and to rectify this defect would cost approx $2000.

The purchaser in this case was able to go back to the seller with the report and re negotiate the purchase price because he took our advice before signing the real estate contract and deleted the words “structural defect” read more

The ridge capping to this property required re pointing along the roof line and the cost to rectify was carried by the seller so in this case the purchaser saved himself a bit of money .

Another property we inspected had water damage to the floor boards and floor joists and the cost to rectify would have been in excess of $12,000 but in this case our client had an inspection of his property 6 months after he bought it ,if only he had a building inspection before purchase he would have saved himself a lot of money and stress.

Conducting a pre purchase building pest inspection is very important as for the small cost involved it can save you thousands in the case that defects are identified.

All homes inspected have some sort of defect even new homes but having your property inspected gives you peace of mind that your not going to have to rectify defects costing you thousands down the track.


To avoid unnecessary problems during your house inspections, you need to hire a house inspector. They should be a licensed VBA Registered Practitioner who will examine your potential house and give you a realistic assessment of the condition and the existence of any defects minor or major. They examine the current condition of the house, but can not make predictions about the future condition of the house.

The house inspector does not determine the value of the property, or check whether or not the state of the property is compliant with the appropriate laws including council approvals. They do not measure the size of the building or any internal or external areas. They can identify any  defects  within  the property and it is then up to the buyer to make an informed decision based on the inspector’s findings. He will not advise that you should not buy the property or you should as that is the clients responsibility only.

Often many clients think that they don´t require an inspection by a house inspector because  they think they have the relevant skills but they are wrong as we have found out multiple times that they have missed some crucial defect that they thought was ok initially only to find out later that it was a structural defect.

Its not a requirement to be a registered building practitioner to conduct Building pest inspections in Victoria so prospective buyers should be aware that if fact there house inspector was a past car mechanic ,they should ask appropriate questions and check there reviews and ask to see there documentation before hiring them . .

For any advice ring George on 0450 632 867



Periodic House Inspections

The Importance of Periodic House Inspections and When to Ditch a Landlord

Periodic House Inspections

One of the most important parts of being a good property manager ensuring safety at all times. In other words, a great landlord should verify that home is in good shape and take care of any potential issues that can put your family’s health at risk.

Unfortunately, not all landlords take the time to inspect the properties they rent out, which can lower your living quality and potentially cause severe accidents. In this article, we’ll go over the importance of having periodic inspections and discuss a few scenarios where you should find a new landlord.

The Importance of Periodic Inspections

Having your house periodically inspected is very important. Some of the main reasons why your landlord should inspect your house three or four times per year include:

Identify the Need for Repairs

The most obvious benefit of having regular home inspections is that your landlord will identify and take care of repairs around your house. Whether it’s creaking doors, loose hinges, groundwater flooring, or a similar repair, you won’t have to worry about fixing it as long as your house is checked regularly.

Ensure the Tenant Has Good Living Conditions

Besides repairs, regular inspections allow landlords to identify other elements that can be affecting the living conditions. For instance, if the tenant is expecting a child, some landlords may help baby-proof the house and make permanent changes that create better conditions for the family as a whole.

Create a Good Professional Relationship

Landlords are required to create good conditions for their tenants and take care of certain repairs, both of which can be achieved through regular check-ups. This can help build a strong professional relationship and it will discourage you from trying to find a new place, as long as you don’t have to.

Help Prepare the Property to Go on the Market

Many landlords in Australia look to put their investment property on the market after some time. If they monitor the condition of the house, it’ll be easier to prepare it to go on the market. For tenants, this means that the house will be kept in great condition until you have to move out, which is ideal for families waiting to purchase or build their own home.

Prevent Potential Legal issues

A major benefit of regular examinations is that it can save both landlords and tenants a huge amount of legal problems. From a landlord’s perspective, it can prevent accidents and the widespread of diseases. For tenants, having regular inspections means that they are more likely to pay attention to the condition of the house in order to prevent potential problems.

When Should You Ditch Your Landlord?

In most cases, you should ditch your landlord if he or she refuses to take care of a repair or carry out regular inspections. Some examples of the problems your landlord should take care of include:

Visible Mould

Mould can severely lower the air quality in your house and landlords are legally obliged to create a safe environment for your family. If there is visible mould growing on your walls and other parts of your house, make sure your landlord takes care of it promptly or explore the alternatives you have available.

Leaks and Other Repairs

Leaks cause mould, not to mention the fact that they can cause wood rot and potentially raise your utility bills. If you or the inspector detect any leaks, your landlord should repair them right away.

Extensive Wear and Tear

If your boiler isn’t working or there is wear and tear that affects the functionality of different elements in your home, you should contact your landlord and have them take a look at it.

Get in Touch with One of Our Agents Today

The tips above should help you understand the importance of periodic inspections and identify scenarios where you’re better off finding a new landlord.

If you want to learn more about our home inspection services, get in touch with us and our team will be glad to help

House Inspections Saved Me Thousands



I recently purchased my first house in a Melbourne suburb of Watsonia and i contacted House Inspections to do a building inspection and as i wanted to save some money i decided not to add a termite (pest) inspection as well it saved me $100, well what a fool i was.

My inspector George told me it would be a good idea to do a termite inspection considering the age of the building but as i was adamant i said no Conducting a building inspections Melbourne inspection is important.

I got a call later the next day after my inspection was completed and i received some good and bad news,the good news was that there were no structural defects found but my home was termite infested with many elements of my home requiring major building works to remedy the defects within the structure.

house inspections saved me thousands

There was termite damage to my Sub floor floor joists and sections of bearers,as well as many areas of the roof space floor joists and battens were so badly destroyed that it was declared a safety risk.

George decided that he would do the inspection for termites as well because during his inspection he found some issues that he was concerned and boy was i lucky ,House Inspections saved me thousands by not buying this property, i eventually bought a property and i keep thinking how lucky i was finding someone as honest as George and House Inspections.


Before buying your next home get a Building and Pest Inspection from House Inspections you will not regret it ,and for a home buyer to hear that his house has no defects that are major or any termites is the best news any home buyer can receive..

Any property can have major/minor structural defects or pest infestations which when go undetected can hurt your pocket in the long-term. But all this can be undone if you choose to not conduct a pre purchase property inspections Melbourne inspection.

House Inspections inspectors are VBA Registered Building Practitioners with years of experience so when you engage our services you will be given peace of mind that all defects will be recorded within your report .

. After a thorough inspection of every aspect of the home from the roof to the subfloor, a House Inspections report details defects which have been found, where they were found, and what action is required to rectify them.


 The report also includes photographs of most of the defects, as well as a detailed summary listing all of the major and minor defects.

The building & pest inspection report/termite inspection report informs you whether there is any existing termite damage, any live termites, any past termite damage, timber fungal decay (rot),  or borer damage. It also advises you on the areas of the property which may attract termites, as well as any action required to keep termites away from the building.

Ring George on 0450 632 867 for any advice



Building Pest Inspection Report Secrets

6 Secrets You Can Learn from a Building Pest Inspection Report

Purchasing a new house is very exciting, but you need to take the time to verify the property you want to buy is in great condition. Even though a house may seem solid on the surface, you should inspect every nook and corner to make sure you’re receiving your money’s worth.

There are many issues that may cost thousands of dollars to repair, yet they are not obvious during a house viewing. Hiring a building pest inspector can help identify some of these issues and tell you everything you need to know about a house before purchasing it.

building pest inspections report secrets

There are different types of inspections that can be carried out in a house. In this article, we’ll discuss 6 secrets you can learn from a building pest inspection report.

Why are Inspections Important in Real Estate?

It’s normal to inspect an item thoroughly before purchasing it. We do it with clothing, smartphones, and even our furniture. The same concept applies to big purchases like a house or office space.

Building pest inspections are important because they help confirm the condition of the property you want to purchase. Our contractors specialise in examining different parts of a property and determining whether there is an infestation you should know about. They assess more than 1000 different items in your house in order to verify there are no pests or related damage.

Getting a building pest inspection can give you a lot of information that the owner or real estate agent may not even be aware of.

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Here are 6 secrets you can learn from a building pest inspection:

General Safety and Compliance

There are many safety and compliance guidelines that homeowners have to keep in mind when building their house. The main purpose of a building pest is to determine if there are any infestations, but we can also inform you of any compliance or safety problems that may put your family at risk.

The Potential for Mould Growth

Mould is a major problem throughout Australia. Although it’s natural, it can result in thousands of dollars in property damage and affect your family’s health.

Excess humidity is at the root of most mould issues, not to mention the fact that it also creates the ideal environment for other pests to thrive. A build pest inspector will help you locate any excess moisture and let you know if there’s a strong chance of mould development in the future.

Termites, Rodents, and Spiders

Even though all pests represent a challenge, termites, rodents, and spiders can cause structural damage to the roof, basement, and other parts of a house. Having an inspector survey the whole area can help identify the presence of these destructive pests and the extent of the damage.

building pest inspection report secrets

Roof Damage

Even though your roof was designed to provide shelter for your family, it can also serve as a refuge for different animals. This, in turn, can damage your roof and insulation. An inspector can verify that this part is in good condition and that no animals have nested up there.

Issues with the Drainage System

Drainage problems can cause excess humidity and create a perfect environment for pests to thrive. By hiring a seasoned inspector, you’ll be able to assess the condition of the drainage and identify any potential repairs before you make the purchase.

Structural Integrity Problems

Having a pest for a long period of time can weaken the frame and other structural parts of any building. Our team carries out a thorough inspection to make sure that all structural elements are still in good condition.

Find a Reliable Property Inspector You Can Trust

Hiring a reliable building pest inspector can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. The secrets above should give you an example of the many things you can learn by hiring a professional inspection company.

If you need to hire a reliable building pest inspector, get in touch with us today and our team will be glad to help.

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Building Inspections Reservoir

Building Inspections Reservoir


Did you now that in Victoria the business of Pre Purchase Building Inspections is unregulated and as such not many so called building inspectors are VBA Registered Building Practioners as they are not required to be -Building Inspections Reservoir reports are essential.

They may be members of the Master Builders or HIA but that’s not important as any trades person can become a member ,not difficult.

When you engaged a house inspections  inspector to conduct your building inspection did you ask him if he’s a VBA Registered Building Practitioner ?

Well are you surprised that 1 out or 50 people would ask that question as not many people are aware that the industry is unregulated.

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Cracks above door

There are many great building inspection firms in Melbourne but how do you now whos genuine and is a Registered Practioner or Registered Builder

Ask to see there credentials before employing them, don’t take there word as many pre purchase inspectors are liars and only care about the money

How many reviews on there sites are genuine, we don’t now the answer ,its a problem.

Most building inspection inspectors conduct the most popular inspection service which is the Pre Purchase Building Pest Inspection.

We should not call it a pest we should call it Pre Purchase Building Termite Inspection as we are looking for termites not spiders.

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Termite damage to floor joists

Your future home may look great from the outside and even when you start looking internally going from room to room everything looks fantastic with no Problems or defects evident.

Generally most real estate inspection firms allow only half an hour for you to peruse the property which is not enough, you may be able to go again but you always ask yourself the question when you get home did the house have fly screens on the windows or do all the air conditioners work and when were they last serviced?

We recently inspected a property in a Melbourne suburb called Berwick which is approx. 37 kms out of CBD Melbourne and is very attractive to young family’s and has a population of approx. 47,000 people.

Our client was the father of the owners daughter and he called us to conduct a property building inspection of there property as he was concerned about certain aspects of the house in particular the floors and the walls.

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Cracks to walls

His daughter and husband had bought the property approx. 12 months ago without conducting a building inspection as they were being pressured by the real estate agent to buy as he had another client that was going to sign the contract which was unconditional

They needed to act fast if they wanted the property said the real estate agent
who are more concerned about there commission than the buyer or there rights.

The floors of the property were out of level by approx. 35mm in sections and there was excessive bounce to floor boards to bedroom/living room floors.

The walls in the entry and living room had vertical cracks of 15mm which indicated to me that there was a problem with the footings and may have issues with drainage.

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bearers not sitting on stumps

During our inspection of the sub floor we discovered that the majority of the timber stumps were rotten at the base and there were a few stumps where the bearers were suspended and not sitting on the stumps as is required.

This was a structural defect issue and was not safe in its current state and the client was advised as a matter of urgency to contact a re blocker to rectify before allowing his children and grandkids back into the property .

The owners did not have the funds to rectify the issues that were found as the rectification costs were in the excess of $22,000 which included the walls that required underpinning.

The father organised the rectification works and paid the amounts required as his children did not have the funds.

This could have been alleviated if only they had conducted a Pre Purchase Property Inspection which would have advised them of the property condition and the existence of defects and cost to rectify the defects.

For more information or to arrange a Pre Purchase Property Inspection give George a call on 0450 632 867