Home and Building Inspections Melbourne
Qualified Building Inspector
Peter has a Diploma of Building Surveying making him one of only a few qualified Building Inspectors doing pre-purchase inspections in Melbourne. Peter is not only qualified and insured but extremely experienced having been conducting pre-purchase building and termite inspections since 2004 (17 years) "I've seen them come and go in my time, a lot of the ones not qualified or insured get sued and move on"
Pest Inspection Service
Termites can cause substantial damage and costs to a home. Don't make the mistake that some of our callers make and think termites do not infest brick homes built on slabs. We' ve seen them enter a house via the pipe penetrations through the concrete floor slab. Some suburbs are more termite prone than others, but we've found them in just about every suburb over the years. At some termite inspections we have seen rectification costs range from $3000 to $450,000 so its plain common sense to get this done.
Beware of the agents Conditions
Don't get caught out (many of our clients have) with the agents contract conditions when buying. The agent will include the REIV's standard condition which is subject to "NO MAJOR STRUCTURAL DEFECTS OR LIVE TERMITES being found". Defects that are not structural include rising damp ($20,000), damp sub floor drainage issue - ($5000 to $25,000), rusted out roof - ($30,000), rotten window frames and weatherboards - ($40,000) and the list goes on. Don't do it - just get it done before you sign anything. We've had many clients stuck with a home with defects that cost them in excess of $25,000 to repair. Just get it done before you make an offer.
Building and pest inspections in Melbourne
We have been around since 2004 and know what house buyers want to know - what is major, what needs to be fixed ASAP, what can be fixed later. This is what we would like to know if buying a home and this is why we provide extremely detailed reports with photographs than can be up to 100 pages in length and why we stay on the phone up until 11 p.m. each night to assist you. You don't talk to a receptionist, you talk to the inspector on his mobile and we don't close at 5 pm. Please read below points to give you some idea of who we are and how we help you.
- 17 Years experience conducting Pre-purchase Building Inspections.
- Qualified Building Inspector - Peter has a Diploma of Building Surveying making him a qualified building inspector.
- Experience of over 10,000 inspections.
- We can do handover inspections at the completion of construction.
- We are fully insured with $1,000,000.00 professional indemnity insurance.
- We have never had an insurance claim.
- We offer unlimited and free consultation to help you through the process.
- We inspect for over 1000 potential defects.
- You can speak to the actual Inspector up until 11 pm to clarify findings.
- Inspection Reports are emailed to you on the same day.
- We are members of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.
- We won a 2015 Investors Choice award and the APAC Business Award for best building inspections Melbourne.
- We were engaged to put together a full defects list for an inspection application being used around the world today.
- Our Services are requested by the majority Melbourne’s leading lawyers, conveyancers, buyer’s advocates, mortgage brokers and banks.
IS YOUR INSPECTOR A QUALIFIED BUILDING INSPECTOR
To be a qualified building inspector one must have completed a Degree or Diploma of Building Surveying or Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying. This extensive course is aimed at identifying defects and non-compliant building works by builders and tradespersons, issuing building permits, conducting mandatory constructions stage inspections, 137B defects reports and the like. Unless your inspector has completed this degree of diploma, he can not claim to be a qualified building inspector as per the Building Act 1993.
ARE ALL HOUSE INSPECTORS QUALIFIED?
The simple answer is No. To conduct pre-purchase inspections you don't have to have any experience of qualifications. It is an unregulated environment and we've been pushing to have it regulated so people conducting house inspections have some tertiary qualification. Peter is a qualified building inspector having completed a Diploma of building surveying. Doug is a qualified Brick layer and pest inspector.
TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY?
It's big decision to buy a home and also a big a decision to find a building inspector who knows what he is doing, is qualified, experienced and fully insured. All homes will have problems, whether new or old, built on stumps or on a slab. The aim is to have an inspector that is able to tell you what needs fixing straight away, what can wait and what are potential costs to have these issues rectified. We have had vendors contact us that had an inspection by other companies done on their home for people thinking about buying their home as the owners were concerned by the report results. Many times defects stated in these inspection reports as major structural defects were not structural issues at all. The wrong information supplied to their clients meant they were walking away from a home that had no structural issues at all.
WHAT IT ALL COSTS
Costs vary from business to business. Fees for a building and pest inspection in Melbourne can range from $400 to $900. We have done our homework and a fully aware that the cheaper fees and normally associated with new start up businesses or persons who are not qualified building inspectors. There is a saying in the building industry which is very true - "If you think a professional is expensive, then wait until you hire an amateur"