Do I need a building and pest inspection?

Unless you have access to an experienced and knowledgeable builder, then the answer will usually be an emphatic ‘yes’. Structural repairs can be extremely expensive so you need to be fully informed before committing to purchase.

Is an inspection report good value for money?

If you avoid the tick and flick operators then it definitely is for nearly every purchaser. For a couple of hundred dollars, you could potentially avoid unexpected repairs stretching anywhere from $10K to upwards of $100K. Even if no major defects are found, often the report will be useful during the negotiation process.

Do houses with concrete slabs need a pest inspection?

Unfortunately, yes. The frame of the house and other key structural components are still made of wood and termites only need small gaps through the concrete slab to gain access. Termites will often get in via gaps around pipes, electrical cables, and through covered weep holes, for example.

I’m buying a Unit / Townhouse. Do I need an inspection?

This is a common question. The agents often don’t encourage an inspection diverting the liability or the defects to a strata report. A defect will only be mentioned in the strata report if it has been reported. An undetected defect like a leaking shower, structural issue can be undetected by the tenant and therefore not listed in the strata report. Relying on the information within a strata report to be accurate and current is fraught with danger and can cost you thousands of dollars if the defect is considered not within the body corporate responsibility.

Is the Inspector fully licenced?

Asking if the inspector is fully licenced / insured is an excellent question that should be asked. In NSW there is not specific licence requirements for a building inspector as the industry was deregulated some years ago. That means that there is no requirement to hold any licence to undertake / advertise to conduct building inspections. The question you should ask a prospective person to undertake your building inspection is, “Does the person who will be undertaking the inspection have a Builders licence”. Check the credentials of the person undertaking the inspection. Holding insurance for professional indemnity does not automatically give the inspector a Builders licence. Would you take your car to person who does not hold a mechanics licence?

Do I need to check for Asbestos?

Newer houses are usually ok, but if you’re purchasing a house that is a few decades old, then you should definitely consider it. If you’re not sure, then please get in touch and let us know the property address, the type of structure, and the year built.

Do I need to check the Pool barrier for safety Compliance.

In NSW Amendments to the conveyancing act and the Tenancy Act in 2016 now make it a requirement on the owner / seller to provide a certificate of compliance or a certificate of Non-compliance attached to the contract of sale prior to exchange. The onus is on the seller to provide this not the purchaser. Documentation / disclosure should be provided by the agent to the seller during the negotiation process.

What about steel frame houses?

The frame of the house is protected, but all the wooden components are not. Termites can still infest doors, window frames, cabinetry, etc.

Who will perform my inspection?

Greg Flood performs every inspection himself and has over 20 years’ experience in the building industry.

Who organises an inspection?

Our professional and competent office staff will work with tenants, agents, and sellers as required to organise a suitable inspection time.

Will the roof void be inspected?

The roof is an important part of the structure, so if it is easily accessible by ladder and safe to access then we will inspect it. Even if we cannot access it directly, every effort will be made to assess the roof by other means and it the details will be included in the inspection report.

How long does an inspection take?

It depends on the size, the age, and the type of property, but as a general guideline the average house takes somewhere between 60 – 90 minutes.

What tools/technology will be used?

We use moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, drone technology and laser levels depending on the requirements of the individual property. As a minimum a moisture meter and Thermal imaging camera is used on every property.

When will I get my inspection report?

We promise to deliver the report to you by email within 24 hours.

What if I have more questions?

You’re welcome to call us on 0450 121 121  or free call 1800 201 200.

You can also use our contact form or request a free online quote at www.inspectwollongong.com.au