A Comprehensive Guide to the Building Inspection Process

The importance of a thorough building inspection cannot be overstated, whether you are a potential buyer, a property owner, or a real estate professional. A comprehensive building inspection is a crucial step in ensuring the safety, integrity, and value of a property. In this guide, we will walk you through the key steps of the building inspection process, from deciding on the type of inspection needed to receiving a detailed report on the same day.

Deciding on the Right Inspection Type

The first step in the building inspection process is determining the type of inspection that best suits your needs. There are various inspection types, each focusing on different aspects of a property. Common types include:

Choosing the right property inspection type is crucial to ensure you get the correct information.

Pre-Purchase Inspection: Essential for potential buyers, this inspection assesses the overall condition of the property, identifying any major issues that may affect the purchase decision.

Pre-Sale Inspection: If you are a seller, a pre-sale inspection can help you address potential problems before listing your property, streamlining the selling process.

Routine Maintenance Inspection: Regular inspections are crucial for property owners to identify and address maintenance issues promptly, preventing costly repairs in the future.

Specialised Inspections: Depending on the property’s age, location, or specific features, additional inspections may be required, such as pest inspections, energy efficiency audits, or pool safety inspections

Inspecting All Accessible Areas for Safety or Structural Issues

Once the type of inspection is determined, the next step is a thorough examination of all accessible areas of the property. Professional inspectors will evaluate the following key areas:

a. Structural Components: Inspectors will assess the foundation, walls, roof, and other structural elements to identify any signs of damage or deterioration.

b. Safety Features: Ensuring that safety features such as handrails, fire exits, and smoke detectors are in place and functional is crucial for the well-being of occupants.

c. Plumbing Systems: Evaluating the plumbing for visual leaks, proper drainage, and functionality is essential to prevent water damage and ensure a safe living environment.

Receiving the Detailed Report on the Same Day

Efficiency is a key factor in the building inspection process. Most professional inspectors strive to provide a detailed report on the same day as the inspection. This report typically includes:

a. Summary of Findings: A concise overview of the inspection results, highlighting any major issues that require immediate attention.

b. Detailed Assessment: A thorough examination of each inspected area, including photographs and descriptions of any identified problems or concerns.

c. Recommendations: Practical recommendations for addressing identified issues, along with estimated costs for necessary repairs or maintenance.

d. Maintenance Tips: Suggestions for ongoing maintenance to prevent future problems and ensure the longevity of the property.


The building inspection process is a critical aspect of property ownership, whether you’re buying, selling, or maintaining a property. By understanding the different inspection types, conducting a thorough examination of accessible areas, and receiving a detailed report promptly, you can make informed decisions and ensure the safety and longevity of your investment. Remember, a well-executed building inspection is not just a requirement; it’s a proactive step toward a secure and resilient property.

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Adam you are truly amazing. You are extremely thorough and will go out of your way to explain the report from start to finish. This is our 3rd time that we are using Adam and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND trusted home inspections. Thank you Adam for all your help
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Kaliopi Belshaw
6 May 2024
Adam was recommended to me, and he was very thorough in the Building and Pest Inspection. Booked in easily and quickly, and received the report by the end of that week. He picked up on all issues with the house with detailed photos and images. Would definitely recommend!
9 April 2024
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Lorena Dalisay
Lorena Dalisay
17 March 2024
We called Adam to get a quote and he managed to book in building and pest inspection within 1 day. We got the report within 3-4 hours after inspection. Adam was really thorough, and his report was comprehensive. There are pictures for every defect was found which makes it super easy for us to understand the problems for future repairs and maintenance. I emailed and asked him a few questions about the report at 7pm and he called immediately to explain to me in details. Excellent works, I Highly recommend Adam.
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Anh Pham
17 March 2024
Adam has always made himself available at short notice, providing a very detailed report with photo evidence to make it easier to understand. His service has provided me with confidence throughout the build that the workmanship and compliance to building regulations were being scrutinised and itemised if found to be not up to standard. His services have been like having a protection policy in place, allowing me to enjoy the build without worrying about the building process, something I have very little knowledge of.
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14 February 2024
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12 February 2024
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Mack Blunsom
11 February 2024
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Leo Bruzzaniti
Leo Bruzzaniti
9 February 2024
Adam was effective, efficient and engaging throughout. His report was detailed and accurate, allowing the vendor to arrange repairs pre settlement for us.
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Natasha Cordele
9 February 2024



How Long does the inspection take?

The time taken for the inspection can vary quite a bit, due to the size of a property and the type of inspection required. Generally it can take anywhere from 45mins to around 3 hours depending on the amount of defects present and the amount of accessible inspection zones.

When will I receive my report?

Reports are sent once the invoice has been paid on the same day as the inspection, whether it be within hours of the inspection or in the evening on the day.

What do you look for during an inspection?

Depending on the type of inspection will determine the type of reporting methods used. For example during a Building and pest inspection we will look for Major, Minor, Safety hazards and timber pest related issues throughout the property.
In a new construction build inspection, we will look for non compliant issues relating back to the Australian Standards and areas that are of a poor quality or standards.
Ensure the building has been constructed according to the documented building contract.

Can I attend the inspection?

You are more than welcome to attend the inspection. It is advised to ask any questions after the inspection is complete to ensure the inspector is not distracted and has full concentration during the inspection for your benefit.

Are you a registered builder?

Yes we are VBA registered with a domestic builder unlimited license.

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