Pre-purchase inspections make up a large part of our business. A prospective buyer contacts us, we inspect the property and write a report of anything and everything we notice.
These inspections are undertaken by trained, experienced professionals. The reports are prepared in accordance with the Australian Standard AS 4349.1 – 2007 which covers pre-purchase inspections on residential buildings in Australia.
What do I get for my money?
You get an expert examination of the home you are looking at. All findings are presented in a detailed, yet easy-to-read report. These reports are emailed to you so you can make an informed decision in a short period of time, (and they can’t get lost in the mail).
We also offer one free follow-up visit if required. If for example, the underfloor access door is locked at the time of inspection. You pay for a full inspection, so why not get one? We will inspect this part of the property at a later time at no cost. However, we do reserve the right to charge for travel or incidental expenses. This means if we have to catch a ferry to Bruny Island, or drive to Tarraleah for a follow-up inspection, we may ask for a little more to cover our additional expenses.
What do inspections include?
The inspection covers pretty much any part that can be reasonably entered, climbed into or crawled under.
This means we examine the interior and exterior walls and roof of the building; the roof space and sub-floor areas if accessible; the property and fences, retaining walls and outbuildings etc within 30 meters of the building.
You are welcome to be present during the inspection, but please bear in mind finding a time suitable for both you and the inspector can sometimes be hard to do.
What don’t inspections include?
As a rule of thumb: anything we can’t get to, or aren’t qualified to assess.
We can’t crawl up chimneys, and our inspectors can’t tell the difference between aphids and mealy bugs. Give us a good case of rising damp however, and we’re onto it!
You want the specifics? Oh, all right: Any aspect of the house or elements which are hidden, concealed or not accessible; Electrical and/or mechanical installations and appliances, including light switches and smoke alarms, alarms and intercoms; landscaping, soil conditions, furniture, stored items. If this still isn’t enough, we suggest you see the full list of exclusions listed in Australian Standard AS 4349.1, Appendix D.