At ABIS we have developed an approach to conducting inspections that is both very thorough and but also efficient. The combination of well-trained inspectors with many years of experience, coupled with a unique computer aided inspection system, means that the average onsite time is around an hour and a half.
Building & Pest Inspection FAQs
Frequently asked questions about building and pest inspections and the reports associated with such inspections.
Building inspections are an important part of the process of purchasing, building or selling a house to give you or the buyer of your property information about the property so that the transaction can proceed with confidence.
Typically, the purchaser will pay for a building and pest inspection when buying a new or existing home.
It is also becoming increasing popular for those about to sell their homes to have a building and pest inspection undertaken and to make that inspection available to any prospective purchaser. This is a useful aid to the selling process especially if the property is going to auction.
Typically between $300 and $600 depending on the size and type of home.
Our combined Building and Pest Inspections with thermal imaging
There are 6 Building Stage Inspections in total including the Handover or Practical Completion Inspection being the culmination of the build process and a Warranty Inspection at the end of the first year. We urge you to consider undertaking these inspections to ensure that your property is constructed to a high standard.
Understandably, if you're the vendor you are keen to present your home in its best possible light so it sells for its best price quickly. Because nasty surprises are what scare buyers, transparency is the best policy. It's better to have a thorough understanding of all your property's faults right up front so you can either rectify them or recognise them in your contract negotiations rather than having your buyer unearth them later.
The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 deals only with dividing fences and trees. It does not deal with retaining walls, except in very limited circumstances. The Act does however state that a fence is not a retaining wall. This is because retaining walls serve a different purpose than fences.
It is preferable to set expectations regarding inspections and site access with the builder up front. If possible, have the right to conduct inspections at each stage included in your build contract.
Yes, you are most welcome to be at the inspection. However, years of experience have taught us that the best time to communicate with you is after you have read your report. This makes sure that all the relevant information is communicated to you fully before you make any decisions in relation to the property.Your Inspector has been instructed to encourage you to read the report and then to contact the ABIS office if you have any questions rather than to have an informal verbal report at the end of your inspection.
The level of detail in our documentation will depend upon the type of inspection. For example, if our Inspector is conducting a Building and Pest Inspection on an older property, he may not note the chipped bricks unless they contribute to a structural defect, or conditions conducive to structural defects.