Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions please contact me to discuss them

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We recognise the urgency of knowing whether the house you are looking buy has defects and what they are. With tight cooling off periods you are often under pressure to commit.

We are generally able to respond to 24 to 48 hour notice but this can change in the space of a half hour after a big weekend in the real estate industry and many people all looking to get an inspection at the same time.

It is generally better for us to arrange a mutually convenient time with the Agent.

Yes you certainly can but it is not mandatory. We encourage our clients to attend so that particular items can be explained, making you more familiar and comfortable with your decision to buy the house. This can sometimes help in explaining a building defect.

We do ask that you obtain the approval of the real estate agent first and we suggest you arrive toward the end of the inspection.

A normal 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house takes about an hour and a half.
4 to 5 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and 2 living areas can take from 2 to 2 ½ hours.

Many people ask for an inspection when looking at an older home because they are expecting defects. This infers that you look because you expect defects. It also infers that a new home won’t have defects and therefore I don’t need an inspection.  The reality is you need an inspection precisely when you do not expect the house to have defects.

We base our inspection fees on the number of rooms in the house and have created packages for typical room configurations starting at $ 370.00 for a 2 bedroom unit. We can provide a fee for your house inspection when you contact us.

Payment can be made by Electronic Funds Transfer (we will provide our bank details), Visa or Mastercard (we will need your card details), or cash.  Payment prior to receipt of the written report is requested.

The short answer to this is we cover structure (roof, walls etc), dampness and drainage, termites, plumbing and electrical and even such things as workability of windows, doors, and cupboards. If you are serious about having an inspection we can provide you with a more detailed analysis via email.

Yes there are. Inspections, as required by the Australian Code and with a view to protecting the vendor’s house, are of a visual, non-destructive nature. We don’t drill holes in floors or walls. We would even not normally move heavy furniture for risk of damaging it or ornaments placed on it.

Sometimes there may be height restrictions or access in the roof space is restricted by air conditioning ducting. Weather conditions can also make accessing some areas dangerous.

This is all covered under Australian Standard for Building Inspections AS 4349.1

Yes! We will not undertake a pre-purchase building inspection without including a written report. It is unwise to rely on a verbal only report.

Yes we do. Bearing in mind this is not your house and we cannot therefore be intrusive we can only do a visual inspection (assisted by a moisture meter).

We look for any signs of termites as well as noting any areas vulnerable to termite attack, however, while we are experienced inspectors, we are not registered pest inspectors and it is not a pest inspection to AS 3660 standard.

If there are any indications that termites may be present or that the house is vulnerable to termite attack we will have no hesitation in advising you to consult a pest inspector.

No they are not. Irrespective of age all houses in Adelaide are subject to termite attack and there I no fool proof protection other than regular inspections. Indeed the Building Code of Australia recognises this in noting the various methods of pretreatment that are allowed.

Houses built after 1995 are definitely vulnerable to termite attack because of changes in chemicals from organochlorides to organophosphates to make them safer for humans.

Yes we do.

With over 45 years of experience in the building industry we are reasonably familiar with products containing asbestos. Moisture readings can help to identify a product containing asbestos. The only true test however is to test a sample in a laboratory which will entail removing it from the building.

Yes. Salt damp is an ever present concern for older homes. It need not be a deterrent however and can be addressed.

Yes. We check for leaks in the concealed piping and for water pressure, adequate drainage, hot water serviceability etc

And we check for the presence of safety switches, suitability of smoke detectors, for the correct polarity or wiring to power outlets etc.