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Protect your investment by getting a pre-purchase building inspection before you buy a house.

Why get a Pre-Purchase Property Inspection?

Buying a house is a big investment, so getting the full picture upfront with a pre-purchase property inspection is a smart move.

Many houses on the market have issues associated with cheap products, faulty design features, and poor workmanship. This can lead to unexpected maintenance costs down the line, not to mention unnecessary stress and hassle.

To give you peace of mind in your purchase, it’s a good idea to make your offer conditional to a satisfactory pre-purchase property inspection by a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) or a Building Surveyor.

That way, we can help you uncover building defects or problems in your due diligence period before your offer becomes unconditional. If we detect severe defects, you’ll be able to retract your offer or re-negotiate it to reflect the condition of the house.

Our Building Inspection Process

Here’s what you can expect from our pre-purchase building inspections.

Inspection of the council property file

Before the physical building inspection, we obtain a copy of the Council Property File to assess the structure of the house and identify any potential compliance issues.

Visual inspection of the property

Our building inspector will coordinate a time to visit the property with your real estate agent, and conduct a comprehensive visual inspection of all accessible areas.

Written property inspection report

As we write up your inspection report, we compare what we saw at the property to what is on the council file, and we identify minor, moderate, and major defects.

What do we Assess?

Our comprehensive visual building inspection covers the following areas.

  • Roof / Guttering / Downpipes
  • Subfloor/Slab
  • Exterior Cladding
  • Interior Linings
  • Floor Covering
  • Joinery Windows & Doors
  • Joinery Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Hot Water Cylinder
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Heating
  • Roof Space
  • Decks / Patios / Pergolas
  • Drive & Paths
  • Outbuildings
  • Grounds
  • Unauthorised Building Works
  • Moisture Readings
  • Hot Water Temperature Readings

The Building Inspection Report

After the building inspection, we provide you with a detailed homebuyers report outlining the condition and defects of the property. We are more than happy to talk you through our findings and answer any questions you may have.

Our property inspection report is structured as follows…

  • Major (significant) Defects – These are issues which require urgent attention, may represent a large task, or may require a sizable financial consideration.
  • Moderate Defects – These issues are maintenance jobs that will require attention in the next twelve months.
  • Minor Defects – These issues are the general wear and tear of a home.

For each defect, we outline the long-term effects on the property and provide a recommendation on how to remedy the issue.


Our building inspection prices are based on the value of your offer (house price), as this generally reflects the amount of time involved in an inspection. We do not offer different levels of inspections. Whether we’re looking at a one bedroom flat or a six-bedroom luxury home, they all get treated the same.

Properties up to $600,000
Properties over $600,000 up to $1 million
Properties over $1 million up to $2 million
Properties over $2 million

NOTE: All prices include 15% GST. You will be invoiced with the report and full payment is due at that time.

Additional Services

In some cases, you may want to include further tests or reports as part of your due diligence.

This includes things like a healthy homes compliance assessment if you’re purchasing a rental property, a weathertightness assessment if you suspect you may be dealing with a leaky home, or obtaining a certificate of acceptance for unconsented building works on a property.

We can provide these services in addition to a pre-purchase property inspection or as independent, standalone reports.

If you require other specialist assessments, such as Electrical testing, Methamphetamine screening, Mould sampling, Asbestos detection, or Sewer & Stormwater assessments, we can coordinate these services with specialist companies that we work in partnership with.

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