Frequently Asked Questions

How much will an inspection cost?

The cost is  determined by the type of inspection you request and how big the house is, as detailed in the following table:

Inspection Type

House size Includes

1 free
follow up

2 Bedroom
or smaller

3 – 6 bedrooms

Over 6 bedrooms

Pre-purchase and vendor inspections





Structural only




Defect inspection





Condition (dilapidation) report

Flat fee of $450 per property


What is included in the price?

You will receive a thorough inspection of the property and the inspectors findings will be written up into a report.

All reports will include photos.  We don’t take photos for something to do, but use them to illustrate issues or things that can be hard to explain in writing.

All reports include a rating of your home, a clear summary, a detailed discussion on any issues found, and if necessary, a referral to a specialist inspector such as an electrician or plumber.

Our preference is to email the report in PDF format direct to you.  This puts the report in your hands in the  quickest time, and saves trees.  However, we can print a colour report and mail it to you upon request.

How long does an inspection take?

Generally an inspection takes somewhere between 1 and 2 hours. It all depends on the size of the home, the number of rooms and spaces needing inspection, and how easy it is to access various areas, such as ceiling spaces and sub-floor areas.

What does a report look like?

Our reports are comprehensive and easy-to-read and include photos to illustrate issues. Have a look at a Sample Report and see for yourself.

How long will it take to get my report?

We’d like to get your report to you within 24 hours if at all possible, but sometimes this just can’t be done. If you have pressing time-frames, please let us know when you make the booking and we’ll do what we can to help you out. We can provide a verbal report by phone as soon as the inspection is complete.

Can I be present during the inspection?

Yes! You are welcome to accompany the inspector. However, please bear in mind that a mutually convenient time cannot always be arranged. While we will make every effort, our inspectors travel a fair bit and cannot always be available when you are. All inspections are undertaken in daylight, and an average inspection will take over an hour or more, so allow plenty of time.

What does an inspector look for?

Inspectors will examine the interior and exterior of the home as well as the roof space. They also enter the crawlspace beneath the house if space permits, and the house is not  slab-on-ground construction. They will look for evidence of  deterioration, damage and decay. They will search for moisture damage and examine the structural elements of the house for soundness.

What happens if the Inspector notices something wrong?

The inspector will note the issue in the report. Sometimes the inspector may recommend a specialist, such as an electrician, conduct further investigations.

Will the inspector damage my home?

No. The inspector will not conduct any destructive testing, take test samples or damage the home in any way.

How do I go about booking an inspection?

Send us an email by clicking  here or call us on 0431 970 657

Can I get targeted inspections, if I only want information about a particular issue?

Absolutely. As long as it is within our area of expertise (don’t ask us to inspect the water quality of your tropical saltwater aquarium). These inspections are generally cheaper than a pre-purchase inspection, depending on what is required.  Let us know what you’re after and we’ll do what we can to help.


What is this Australian Standard you keep talking about?

Australian Standard AS 4349.1 Pre-purchase Inspections – Residential Buildings sets the requirements for conducting pre-purchase and structural only inspections. It details what must and must not be included.  It also specifies the things that must be in the report. This standard has been independently created to set the benchmark for these inspections and reports, and ensure you get a report which is fit for purpose. The standard is available at your local Library or from SAI Global.


I have a friend/relative who knows a bit, why don’t I ask them to inspect my property?

By all means use a friend or family member to have a look at your new home. When choosing someone to inspect your potential new home, some things to bear in mind are:

  • How much experience do they have as property inspectors?
  • Do they have insurance?
  • Do they conduct an inspection to a according to a standard?
  • Will you receive a written report?

At Anem, we are professional property inspectors, conducting inspections is what we do, and we do it well, if you don’t mind us saying so.