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5 things to look for when hiring a building inspector in Adelaide

16 Sep 2019 | Kourosh A

Building Inspection Adelaide

If you're looking for a new home in Adelaide you should consider having a building inspection report completed on any property you wish to purchase. In practice, this means any offer you submit is subject to a building inspection report being completed satisfactorily. 

A pre-inspection report is designed to highlight any defects in the property. With some unscrupulous owners attempting to cover up defects with a lick of paint this is no easy task. It is therefore important that you choose a building inspector who knows what he's looking for. 

But choosing a properly qualified building inspector is not as easy as it sounds. No formal qualifications or licences are required to operate as a building inspector in South Australia. This has led to many unprofessional operators opening up shop. So in this blog, we are going to look at the five things you need to look for when choosing a professional, trustworthy building inspector. 

1. Are they properly qualified?

While no professional qualifications are required to operate as a building inspector. You should still ensure your inspector has some building and construction experience. This will ensure they know what defects to look for and how to spot them. So try and look for an inspector with surveyor, architectural or specific building qualifications instead. 

2. Do they carry out a thorough inspection 

The depth and quality of the report is also something to think about. There is no minimum required for a report. So you should look for an inspector which carries out inspections under AS4349. 1-2007. This is the Australian Building Standard for Building Inspections which provides a standard template for inspectors to follow. 

You can download a sample report completed to this standard here.

3. Are they properly insured?

Next, you should ensure any provider is covered by professional indemnity and public liability insurance. This provides a level of protection should the report miss something which could negatively affect the value of the property. Your inspector should be able to provide certificates to prove adequate professional indemnity and public liability coverage is in place.

4. Do they provide follow-up support?

You should also ensure any provider is capable of providing adequate follow-up support. Ask them how quickly the report will be completed and when you can expect it to be delivered. Don't forget, you are under the clock here. Many "subject to a building inspection clauses" are time-limited which means you need to have the report completed before the deadline. 

5. Do they have any hidden charges?

Finally, you should check how much they charge and ensure they don't have any hidden fees or surcharges. Many building inspectors charge extra for properties located outside their local area. So always ask for a written quotation before signing up with a supplier. 

At APBI we are one of Adelaide's most trustworthy building inspectors. We only employ experienced inspectors with relevant experience in the building trade. All our building inspectors are also covered by professional indemnity insurance and we complete all reports per AS4349. 1-2007. 

We also operate a fixed price model so you can be sure the price we quote is the price you'll pay. To request a FREE quote give us a call on 1300 657 546 or complete the form here. Alternatively, you can book your building inspection online</a>.