Inspex offer three main types of building inspection services. The combined Building and Pest Inspection is the popular and comprehensive Pre Purchase Inspection service we specialise in. This is performed in a single visit throughout the Adelaide metro and Regional areas. It is packaged to offer substantial savings.

Call 0405 120 556 to Book an Inspection

Common Questions

WHAT IS A BUILDING INSPECTION?

A building inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a building, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. Building and Pest Inspection services are available for new and established houses, units, apartments and town houses. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

Inspection services (building and pest) may vary in cost depending upon the size of the house and the location.  Particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as specific item inspections affect the cost.

However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether to have a building inspection, or in the selection of your building inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost. The lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. An inspector’s qualifications, experience, training, and professionalism should be the most important consideration. Please contact us for pricing.

CAN’T I DO IT MYSELF?

​Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional building inspector who has inspected thousands of homes in his or her career. A Building Inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction. This includes their proper installation, maintenance, and recognising dubious additions and workmanship.

The Australia Building Code is constantly changing. Your inspector should be aware of these changes and if they affect the property. They need to understand how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail.

Having the proper tools to carry out the inspection is another factor. High end moisture meters are very expensive instruments. Without this tool a significant aspect of the inspection process would be missed. It is critical that the shower cubicles are inspected for damp. This is especially important in timber-framed houses where significant damage to the structure is possible. The sensitive moisture meters that the inspector’s uses today are non-invasive and can check damp behind tiles without damage to the fabric of the building. Exterior walls and footings need also to be checked for rising damp.

Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want. This may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of Building Inspection Services. At Inspex all we do is Building and Pest Inspections. We are not affiliated with any Real Estate agents, nor do we solicit or tender for any building work, or recommend builders to our clients.

CAN A HOUSE FAIL INSPECTION?

No. A professional building inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective property. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. A building inspector will not pass or fail a property. They will describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement. However, they may advise that the costs of the repair work may make the purchase of the house a dubious financial investment.

WHEN DO I CALL A BUILDING INSPECTOR?

A building inspector is typically contacted before auction or right after the contract has been signed.  The inspection is performed within the cooling-off period or before auction day.

DO I HAVE TO BE THERE?

​It is not necessary for you to be present for the entire inspection. It is recommended that you attend for the last half-hour or so. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly. You will learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. Also, you will also find the report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.

WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?

​No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house. You will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.

IF THE HOUSE PROVES TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION, DID I REALLY NEED AN INSPECTION?

​Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report. This information will be important for future reference.

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