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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a building inspection?

A building inspection is an unbiased and non invasive visual examination of the physical condition of a property. It is often, but not always connected to a real estate transaction. 95% of all real estate house transactions nowadays involve an inspection.

Why do a building inspection?

Knowledge is power when buying a property. Protect yourself from hidden repairs and maintenance issues. Buy and sell with confidence with a pre-sale or pre-purchase inspection.

What does a building inspection include?

A building inspection will cover the interior and exterior and the entire house structure from the roof down to the foundations. The inspector will look for any poor construction practices and make notes of any repairs that might be required.

Do I need a building inspection for a newly constructed building?

Yes. Often new home buyers are overwhelmed with the excitement when acquiring a new home and miss critical details. Buyers usually rely on the new home builder/developers’ warranty, but many of the defective items are only covered for the first 12 to 24 months. If problems are not reported in time before the warranty expires, they will not be addressed by the builder/developer. Buyers are not trained in defect recognition. Items that should be a concern are often missed or overlooked. This is why you need a professional building inspector.

Do building inspectors fail an inspection?

The answer is no. A professional building inspection is done on an unbiased basis. Our inspectors act as general practitioners of a house and pinpoint the problems to the buyers. Many defects are repairable on different levels and the decision belongs to the buyers.

What if the inspection report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies any problems, it doesn’t mean you should or should not buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If minor or major defects are found, a seller may agree to make repairs before your purchase.

When do I call a building inspector?

Typically, a building inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional building inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need a building inspection?

The answer is yes. You now have Peace of Mind your biggest investment is what you hoped it would be.

What is the difference between a building inspector and an appraiser?

An appraiser will usually spend less than one hour on the property and give you their professional opinion on the market value of the property by viewing the general condition and comparing this to adjacent properties. A building inspector will usually spend more than two hours on the property and give you a complete physical assessment of the building.

How quickly can we organize an inspection for you?

We will make every endeavor to meet your requirements in organizing the inspection appointment. We will contact you to confirm the date and time of the inspection after it has been arranged.

How long does a house inspection take?

Typically we spend up to 2 to 2 1/2 hours to ensure a thorough inspection is undertaken.

What experience do our inspectors have?

All of our building inspectors are certified, qualified carpenters and licensed building practitioners with years of hands-on experience who are well informed in all aspects of construction, building standards, techniques and building materials, that you can trust.

Are your building inspections independent?

Yes, all of our inspections are fully independent, and you can be assured that the inspections will protect your best interests.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel your inspection, we require a minimum of 2 working days' notice in advance to avoid a fee. If you cancel on the day of the inspection, you will still need to pay the full inspection fee.