Building and Pest Inspection FAQs

Can I Inspect the Property Myself?

Most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and this may lead to poor judgment. It's always advisable to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an independent expert.

If My Report is Favorable Did I Really Need an Inspection?

Definitely! Now you can complete your purchase with confidence.

Is an Inspection Necessary for New Construction?

Absolutely! New construction is no longer a problems-free guarantee. While many new homes are well built, we regularly find serious defects. You can choose to have your new home checked at key building stages including Frame, Lock-Up/Waterproofing, and Fixing/Pre-Painting. A Handover Inspection is essential for identifying items for rectification before your builder's warranties expire.

Can a Property "FAIL" an Inspection?

No. A professional inspection is an examination of the property's current condition. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, nor a council inspection, which verifies compliance with local government legislation. Your inspector will not pass or fail a property, but describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.

If My Report Is Bad Will You Tell Me Not to Buy?

No. Your inspectors' goal is to report fairly on the property's condition. Ultimately, the decision is yours.

Do I Get A Guarantee?

Your inspection is a record of observable conditions at a particular point in time and not a guarantee, warranty or insurance policy. Some problems can only be discovered by living in a property.

Do I Need Separate Firms for Building and Timber Pest Inspections?

Others will tell you that it is important to have different inspectors. Actually, you'll get a higher quality inspection if the same individual conducts both inspections especially if their primary focus is not to sell you a termite treatment.

An expert timber pest inspector not only needs specific qualifications in termite management and control, but must also have extensive knowledge of construction methods specifically designed to deter termites, the susceptibility of various timber products to timber pests, and knowledge of where man-made tunnels are likely to exist in building structures for successful detection of termite activity. Many pest controllers simply don't have this knowledge.

What If My Report Reveals Problems?

No property is perfect. If your inspector identifies defects, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the property, only that you will know in advance what to expect.

Can You Quote My Renovation Costs?

Our inspectors have years of building and renovation experience behind them. However, they must remain completely independent and not quote on renovation work. Their focus is solely your inspection. The cost of repair or renovation can vary greatly depending on taste, materials used, design, method, economic climate, and the firm undertaking the work.

Do You Get On the Roof?

Because we're guided by Workplace Health & Safety practice there will be a number of situations when your inspector won't get on the roof. The roofing material may be unsafe to walk on; the roof may have a steep pitch, may be slippery or not be accessible from a 3.6-metre ladder. However, they will be able to view the roof from a ladder. It is also possible to make special arrangements to access difficult roofs by cherry picker.

This may sound like an excuse, but a fall from this height may not only have extremely serious consequences for your inspector, but also for us, and ultimately, you. As professionals, we take safety very seriously. We understand you're concerned about the state of the property's roof and will do everything in our power to inspect it. Besides, your inspector can identify most roof problems from within the roof space and walking on a roof is a common cause of damage to roofing materials.

How Do ABIS' Fees Compare?

We hope that fees are not your sole consideration. You might save many times the cost of your inspection by avoiding costs of rectifying significant problems revealed by your inspector.

Your inspector's qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be your most important consideration.

Fees for all of our services are very competitive, especially when you consider you're getting the best service available for a modest price. You can't get better than that and really, would you want anything less?


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