What is a Pre-Purchase building inspection?

Most property purchasers now insist on getting a pre-purchase building inspection before they commit to buying a property. Having an experienced and independent building inspector to carry out a pre-purchase inspection gives purchasers piece of mind that their new home won’t have any expensive surprises waiting for them after handover.

Pre-purchase building inspections are visual inspections of the accessible areas of a property.

Under the Australian Standard there are two parts, Appendix A and then the Full Australian Standard AS4349.1-2007.
In Appendix A the inspection involves visually checking the structural components of the property (foundations, floors, sub-floor space, internal and external walls internal/ external roof and ceiling frame). This is called a basic structural inspection and this in most cases meets the structural requirements specified in the real estate offer and acceptance contract.

A Full Australian Standard Inspection includes all the elements in the basic inspection plus many non-structural elements such as wall and ceiling linings, windows, doors and frames, kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinetry, tiling, basic plumbing such as sinks/taps, showers, baths and toilets, roof covering, flashings, gutters and downpipes, patios, pergola & balconies, paving, perimeter and pool fencing, retaining walls and outbuildings.

Checking Smoke Alarms and RCD’s for compliance are included in both levels of inspections but no other electrical components.

On many occasions, purchasers request electrical components of the property to be inspected. At InspectionSmith we call this the Standard Plus Inspection. A more detailed report is produced which includes the inspection of power points, lighting, ceiling fans, kitchen oven and hotplates, air-conditioning units, hot water systems, automatic garage doors and window shutters to name a few.

InspectionSmith is always here to help you to navigate which inspection will be best suited to your requirements. Then with our customer service guarantee will carry out your inspection and supply you with a comprehensive report on the current condition of the property you are hoping to purchase.

Consider us as one of your partners in purchasing your new home.