Building & Pest Inspection FAQs

Frequently asked questions about building and pest inspections and the reports associated with such inspections.

As your trusted Inspector, it’s my responsibility it look after your most crucial life time investment. A building and pest inspection acts as a second opinion over your own from a professional stance which is always wise when investing your money.

Yes. A building and pest inspection are essential however it’s also worth checking out the property closely yourself. Of course you only need a pool inspection if the property has a pool and a pool safety certificate has not been supplied by the seller.

Although they may sometimes be carried out by the same company who are qualified as both building and pest inspectors, it’s more common for two companies to visit the property to carry out these separate inspections.

A building inspection report is different to a pest inspection report. While a building inspection report should identify any visual damage that may have been caused by termites, it usually won’t include details on existing termites or other timber destroying pests.

Here in Queensland it is recommended to get a separate pest inspection report done before you buy a property, in addition to the building inspection.

Doing a property self-check won’t protect you but it might make you notice concerns you want to raise with the agent or your building or pest inspector.

When you look round the property try to assess it less personally and check a few common issues:

  • See that windows and doors open easily.
  • Inspect skirting boards, walls and ceilings for damp or mould. Look out for paint jobs that may have been used to cover up mould.
  • Look out for sagging ceilings or buckling walls.
  • Lift up carpets where possible to check for rotting or damp floorboards.
  • Turn on all the taps and check how long it takes for hot water to start pouring.
  • Flush the toilet to check for running cisterns.
  • Look under sinks and give the plumbing a gentle shake to test sturdiness. Look out for rust and other damage to the pipes.
  • Review the hot water system for size and age, and check for damp in all wet areas.
  • Try light switches and look at the fuse box to evaluate circuitry age and see if there is an Earth Leakage Safety Switch.
  • Look at the general state of the roof, guttering and drain pipes.
  • Inspect exterior walls for cracks and other defects.
  • Ask about the property’s energy efficiency rating.
  • While in different parts of the property, listen out to gauge noise levels. Consider what the noise levels might be like at different times of day.
  • Finally not if the property smells or if there are smells from nearby restaurants or waste treatment plants.

A building inspection is just one check you should get done before buying a property. Your building inspection should be carried out by a qualified building or pest inspector who will create a written account of the property’s condition. The report will include any significant building defects or problems like rising damp, movement in the walls (which may be visible as cracks), safety hazards or a faulty roof. The building or pest inspection should be carried out before you exchange sale contracts so you can identify problems which, if left unchecked, could prove costly to repair.

In Australia, an independent building inspector cost can be between $300 and $1000.

Factors like building and pest inspection prices, level of detail, the property’s location and the structure’s complexity can impact the cost. The pre purchase building inspection cost of a home in Australia’s regional areas is between $300 and $650 and between $400 and $700 in metropolitan areas. But, combining the building and pest inspection cost can reduce the overall building inspection report cost.

Recent studies showed that the Average Building Inspection Cost in Brisbane varies between $350 – $700.

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Always choose a suitably qualified person such as a licensed builder or surveyor to perform a professional building inspection report. They will be able to see through any cosmetic improvements covering faults that might otherwise be missed by an untrained eye. A professional person will ensure that the format and content of the report complies with the Australian Standard. This is often necessary for mortgage applications.

Make sure that the building or pest inspector you hire has adequate insurance cover, particularly for professional indemnity.


The building inspector should check all accessible parts of the property including:

  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Roof space
  • Under-floor space
  • Roof exterior
  • Building site including garage, carport or garden shed, any separate laundry or toilet, retaining walls, steps, fencing, surface water drainage, storm water run-off and paths and driveways.
    You may also ask for a particular item or part of the property to be inspected, such as: visible signs of asbestos, electrical safety switch, operable smoke alarms

Yes, unless your building inspector is qualified to check pools you should get a separate pool inspector. Swimming pool problems can be very costly to repair and hard to spot so this is a wise investment before you buy a property with a pool. If the seller has provided you with a pool safety certificate though, there is no need to engage an inspector for the pool.


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