Building Inspection Review Awards

Safehome Building Inspections in Melbourne has again won the 2015 IPAC Insider Business Award – For “Best for Pre-Purchase Building Inspections – Melbourne.

Safehome have been assisting home buyers and owners identify home defects since 2004 and their attention to detail,comprehensive building inspection reports which are emailed on the same day and availability to assist clients to late in the night has been recognised by home buyers in Melbourne.

Peter is a qualified building inspector having completed a Diploma of Building Surveying and has an extensive knowledge of building defects and the Building Regulations.  Safehome’s customer service goes above and beyond where they stay up to 11 p.m. assisting clients with enquiries.  This is something rarely observed in the Building Inspection industry or any industry for that matter.  

Building Inspection Equipment

Building Inspection Equipment

Safehome Building Inspections has been around since 2004 which is a long time in the house inspection industry. Over this time tools and equipment to assist in locating defects has advanced and we, as qualified building inspectors in Melbourne, have to keep up with the changes.

Many people ask what equipment we use to assist us in locating defects.  In regard to the equipment we are supposed to use as per the Australian Standards, there is nothing stated.  It does state in sections that we only require a 3.6 m ladder.  

Pest inspections is entirely different.  A moisture meter is one requirement.

There is nothing within the standards that state we have to use a a termatrac radar meter or a thermal imaging camera during the house inspections.  This equipment is quite expensive and we have both of the above and find them very helpful in identifying defects.  As the Australian Standard states a building inspection is only a visual inspection.  This means that we can not remove floors and walls to check for defects.  They are a visual inspection only which is common sense.  Would you let a building inspector come into your house that you are selling and pull things apart?

Having additional tools to assist in locating hidden defects is essential and if available on the market they should be utilised to make sure the building inspector is doing everything possible to locate defects.

We use a Testo 865 Thermal Imaging Camera during our house inspections around Melbourne and this is particularly good at locating leaks in roofs and bathrooms that can not be seen.  The photograph above shows a bathroom leak upstairs coming through to the ground level ceiling.  This was not visible.  It is also able to locate larger termite nests within a wall due to the heat emitted by termites.

We also use the Termatrac T3i which is radar that can detect termite movement behind walls. It is placed against a wall and termites passing by is indicated on the ipad screen. See photo below.


Obviously this is only used when we find something suspicious like excess moisture readings or hollowness in timbers.  If we were to use this on every bit of wall in a standard three bedroom home we would need the entire day to do it. 

Having all the available equipment to make your house inspection as thorough as possible is essential and a must for any building inspector who takes pride in assisting the client above and beyond.  There is no better feeling that walking away from a house inspection and thinking “I did everything possible to locate defects at the house for my client”

If you would like us to assist you please go to the Booking page and we will get back to you as soon as possible 

Building Inspections are a Must

Building Inspections are a Must

Since 2004, Safehome Building Inspections have been conducting  pre-purchase building inspections around Melbourne, assisting over 10,000 home buyers.

The photographs above was taken during a building inspection in Melbourne and shows a floor frame bearer join. This join should be made directly over the stump footing and is non compliant with Australian Standards 1684.2 – 2006 of the Residential timber framed construction.

The result of this defect is excess bounce in floor of the home as there is no support underneath one end of the bearer.  The bearer on the right is fine but not the one on the left. 

A thorough building inspection should be carried out on any home before you purchase including a home that is 2 years old like the one above.   It is imperative that the sub floor of any home be inspected as this is an area where no one really enters and has a good look around.  

Other common issues found under a home  during our building inspections are leaks from shower areas, termite damage, dampness in the sub floor and timber debris lying around which attracts termites. 

If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to give us a call.