Pre-purchase Building Inspections in Brisbane

Buying a home in Brisbane? a pre-purchase building inspection in Brisbane is one of the most important actions you should take. at BSK Group we provide comprehensive pre-purchase building and pest inspections. They help homeowners understand what they are investing in.

We can conduct a building inspection and a pest inspection together prior to purchase. This approach has many benefits compared to employing two separate companies or only one of the two inspection:

  • Significant Cost Reduction
  • Single Point of Contact: Schedule and pay only once.
  • Efficiency: Only one inspection is necessary.
  • Convenience
  • Comprehensive Reporting: Receive a detailed report covering both structural and pest assessments.
  • Consistent Quality: Ensure uniform standards and thoroughness in both inspections.

Are you at the final stages of building a new home? our Handover building inspections might be what you’re looking for.

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What Exactly Is a Pre-purchase Building and Pest Inspection?

When buying a house, it is essential to schedule a pre-purchase building inspection, pest inspection, or both. Experts often recommend booking a combined pre-purchase building and pest inspection for a thorough assessment and detailed report before finalizing the purchase.

Do You Really Need It?

Buying a property is likely to be the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so the answer is usually yes. Our building and pest inspectors provide comprehensive reports that offer you peace of mind. This one-time investment will help you identify any building defects and safety hazards that might pose risks later on as a homeowner.

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What does a Pre-purchase building and pest inspection in Brisbane include?

A typical pre-purchase building and pest inspection covers assessments of both structural integrity and pest activity for buildings in Brisbane. In addition to the usual inspection of walls, floors, and windows, it also includes the examination of electrical components to check for safety and compliance, evaluation of heating systems to ensure they are functioning properly, inspection of visible plumbing to identify leaks or potential issues, and more.

*we also offer pre-sale building and pest inspections in Brisbane.

Our Process for Conducting Pre-purchase Inspections:

1. The Building Inspection Component

Structural Integrity Assessment:

  • Foundation: Checking for cracks, settling, or any signs of movement that could indicate structural issues.
  • Walls: Inspecting for cracks, dampness, or signs of structural damage.
  • Roof: Examining the roof for leaks, missing tiles, and overall condition, including the state of gutters and downpipes.
  • Floors: Looking for unevenness, cracks, or other signs of foundational problems.

Exterior Inspection:

  • Walls and Siding: Checking for damage, cracks, or signs of water penetration.
  • Windows and Doors: Ensuring they open and close properly, and checking for any signs of rot or damage.
  • Roof and Gutters: Inspecting the roof for damage, leaks, and the condition of the gutters and downpipes.
  • Decks and Patios: Checking for stability, wood rot, and any structural issues.

Interior Inspection:

  • Walls and Ceilings: Inspecting for cracks, dampness, mold, and structural damage.
  • Floors: Checking for unevenness, rot, and damage.
  • Doors and Windows: Ensuring they are operational and checking for signs of damage or rot.
  • Stairs: Ensuring they are safe and secure.

Roof Space Inspection:

  • Insulation: Checking for proper insulation and any signs of dampness or mold.
  • Roof Structure: Inspecting the roof framing for signs of damage, leaks, or wear.

Subfloor Space Inspection:

  • Foundation: Inspecting the foundation for cracks or signs of movement.
  • Pest Evidence: Looking for signs of pest activity, such as termite damage.
  • Ventilation: Ensuring there is adequate ventilation to prevent dampness and mold.

Plumbing Inspection:

  • Visible Pipes: Checking for leaks, corrosion, and proper installation.
  • Water Pressure: Testing water pressure and ensuring there are no blockages.
  • Drainage: Ensuring proper drainage from sinks, baths, and showers.

Electrical Inspection:

  • Wiring: Checking the condition of visible wiring and ensuring it meets safety standards.
  • Electrical Panels: Inspecting the main electrical panel for proper labeling and condition.
  • Outlets and Switches: Testing outlets and switches to ensure they are functioning correctly.

Heating Systems:

  • HVAC Systems: Inspecting heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to ensure they are operating properly.
  • Furnaces and Boilers: Checking for proper operation and signs of wear or damage.

Insulation and Ventilation:

  • Attic Insulation: Ensuring proper insulation in the attic to prevent heat loss.
  • Ventilation: Checking for adequate ventilation in the attic and crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup.

Moisture Detection:

  • Dampness: Using moisture meters to detect areas of dampness that may not be visible to the naked eye.
  • Leaks: Checking for signs of leaks in the roof, walls, and around windows.

Fungal Decay and Mold:

  • Mold Inspection: Looking for visible signs of mold and testing humidity levels to assess potential mold risk.
  • Fungal Decay: Inspecting wood structures for signs of fungal decay.

By covering all these areas, a pre-purchase building inspection provides a comprehensive assessment of the property’s condition.

2. The Pest/Termite Inspection Component

A comprehensive pest inspection as part of a pre-purchase building and pest inspection typically includes the following:

Termite Inspection:

  • Active Termites: Searching for any active termite infestations in and around the property.
  • Termite Nests: Identifying the presence of termite nests, which can be located in trees, stumps, or the property structure itself.

Evidence of Termite Damage:

  • Structural Damage: Inspecting for damage to structural elements like beams, joists, and other wooden components.
  • Surface Damage: Checking for signs of surface damage, such as hollow-sounding wood, blistered paint, or mud tubes.

Existing Termite Management System:

  • System Evaluation: Assessing any existing termite management systems, such as chemical barriers, baiting systems, or physical barriers.
  • Effectiveness: Evaluating the effectiveness and condition of the installed termite management system.

Recommendations and Maintenance:

  • Maintenance Advice: Providing guidance on how to maintain any existing termite management system to ensure it remains effective.
  • Risk Assessment: Informing if the property is located in an area with a high risk of termite attack and suggesting preventive measures.

3. The Pre-purchase Inspection Report

  • Executive Summary:

    • Overview: A brief summary of the overall condition of the property, highlighting key findings from both the building and pest inspections.
    • Major Issues: Immediate concerns that require urgent attention.
  • Detailed Findings:

    • Building Inspection:
      • Structural Integrity: Detailed assessment of the foundation, walls, roof, floors, and other structural components, noting any defects or areas of concern.
      • Exterior and Interior Conditions: Specific observations regarding the condition of exterior elements (e.g., siding, windows, doors) and interior spaces (e.g., walls, ceilings, floors).
      • Roof Space and Subfloor: Detailed findings from inspections of the attic and subfloor areas.
      • Plumbing and Electrical Systems: Observations about the condition and functionality of visible plumbing and electrical components.
      • Heating Systems: Evaluation of heating and ventilation systems.
      • Moisture Detection and Mold: Identification of areas with high moisture levels or visible mold, including possible causes and recommended actions.
    • Pest Inspection:
      • Termite Activity: Documentation of any active termites or termite nests found.
      • Termite Damage: Details about any termite damage observed, including severity and location.
      • Pest Evidence: Notes on any other pests or signs of pest activity, such as rodent droppings or wood borer holes.
      • Termite Management Systems: Information on any existing termite management systems, their condition, and effectiveness.
  • Photographic Evidence:

    • Visual Documentation: Clear photographs of key findings, including areas of damage, pest activity, and any significant defects. These images help illustrate the issues described in the report.
  • Recommendations:

    • Repairs and Maintenance: Specific recommendations for repairs or maintenance required to address the issues identified in the inspection.
    • Further Inspections: Advice on any additional inspections that might be necessary, such as a detailed structural engineer’s report or a more in-depth pest inspection.
    • Preventive Measures: Suggestions for preventive measures to protect the property from future damage, particularly related to pest control and moisture management.
  • Risk Assessment:

    • Termite Risk: An assessment of the property’s risk of future termite attacks, based on its location and current condition.
    • Overall Risk: Evaluation of the overall risk to the property’s structural integrity and safety, including both building and pest-related factors.
  • Conclusion:

    • Summary of Findings: Recap of the major points from the report, emphasizing the most critical issues and necessary actions.
    • Expert Opinion: The inspector’s professional opinion on the property’s condition and suitability for purchase, based on the findings.

4. Next Steps - How to use the report?

When you have received the pre-purchase inspection report, you can proceed with the following steps to ensure a smooth buying process and address any issues identified in the report:

  1. Review the Report:

    • Carefully read through the entire inspection report.
    • Pay special attention to the executive summary and major issues highlighted by the inspector.
  2. Discuss Findings:

    • If you have any questions or need clarifications, contact the inspector to discuss the findings in detail.
    • Consider scheduling a follow-up meeting with the inspector if necessary.
  3. Get Quotes for Repairs:

    • Obtain estimates for any recommended repairs or maintenance from qualified contractors.
    • Compare quotes to determine the potential costs involved.
  4. Negotiate with the Seller:

    • Use the inspection report as leverage to negotiate with the seller.
    • Request that the seller address specific issues before closing, or negotiate a reduction in the purchase price to cover repair costs.
  5. Consider Further Inspections:

    • If the report recommends additional inspections (e.g., structural engineer, specialized pest control), arrange for these as soon as possible.
  6. Evaluate Termite Management Systems:

    • If the property has an existing termite management system, discuss maintenance and upkeep with a pest control professional.
    • If the property is in a high-risk termite area, consider installing a new termite management system if one is not already in place.
  7. Consult with Your Real Estate Agent:

    • Share the inspection report with your real estate agent.
    • Discuss the findings and determine the best strategy for moving forward with the purchase.
  8. Make an Informed Decision:

    • Weigh the inspection findings, repair costs, and any negotiated terms with the seller.
    • Decide whether to proceed with the purchase, renegotiate terms, or potentially walk away from the deal.
  9. Finalize Financing:

    • Share the inspection report with your mortgage lender if required.
    • Ensure that all financial documents and approvals are in order.
  10. Prepare for Closing:

    • Work with your real estate agent, attorney, and lender to finalize all necessary paperwork.
    • Schedule the closing date and ensure all required documents are ready.

Our reports adhere to Australian Standards (AS 4349.1-2007 and AS 4349.3), so they are recognized and accepted by real estate agents and solicitors.

To address any issues found during the inspection, follow these steps. Negotiate with the seller to reach a resolution. This process helps you know the property’s condition and risks, so you can proceed confidently.

Pre-purchase Inspections Cost

Our building and pest inspection prices depend on a variety of factors. For the most accurate pricing, we recommend getting a quote. See our pre-purchase building and pest inspection costs in Brisbane below and get a free quote today.

Property

Building & Pest Inspection Prices

Granny Flat

$345

1 Bedroom Apartment

$400

2 Bedroom Apartment

$400

3 Bedroom Apartment

$450

2 Bedroom Town House

$442

3 Bedroom Town House

$480

4 Bedroom Town House

$520

2 Bedroom House

$460

3 Bedroom House

$500

3 Bedroom House - Single Storey

$502

3 Bedroom House - Double Storey

$502

4 Bedroom House - Single Storey

$520

4 Bedroom House - Double Storey

$520

5 Bedroom House - Single Storey

$545

Swimming pool & spa inspections

$250

Please get a quote for a more accurate pricing

Pre-Purchase Building and pest inspection sample report

You can download a sample report of our pre-purchase inspection here

Why Choose us for your pre-purchase Inspection in Brisbane?

  • We Deliver accurate and detailed reports 
  • 24 hour turnaround or your money back
  • 100% transparency, clear communication and customizable service
  • We use the latest technology and easy to understand images and reports.
  • 100% Happy customers

When you hire BSK Group QLD for your Pre-purchase inspection in Brisbane, you get all the information you need to make the best choice before finalizing the payment.

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Customer testimonials

juma mjuma m
09:07 04 Jun 24
Very happy with the services
sijomon joysijomon joy
08:21 04 Jun 24
Really a good man, he did house inspection very honestly and neatly. All the areas he covered and gave a good report with acceptable price. He is very intimate while conversation. He is very gentle and good character. I am very much impressive and suggested to anyone for the future inspection those who needs. Thanks Babak
Mobin MomeniMobin Momeni
05:44 30 May 24
Had a great experience. A thorough inspection that really helped with our house purchase and received the report on time. Inspector was friendly and professional
Solomon MASolomon MA
09:51 24 May 24
Babak is very diligent and professional, he definitely knows what he is doing. From the ground the roof, everything has been inspected carefully, great service, definitely will recommend to others.
Natalie BroadNatalie Broad
04:04 24 May 24
Highly recommend Babak from BSK group, finished at building and pest at a property we have on the market. Was very insightful and informative. Thank you
Arun and RoshniArun and Roshni
12:59 22 May 24
Babak was very accommodating, reliable and pretty straightforward to communicate with. Super fast turnaround for the building and pest report. I would highly recommend his service especially when you have tight deadlines in your contract for b&p.
Z GZ G
11:19 24 Apr 24
My friend recommended Babak, praising his professionalism and expertise. When we met him on inspection day, he was friendly, polite, and approached his tasks with care as if it were his own home. We received the detailed report on the same day, and the pricing was fair. Overall, a positive experience with Babak as our pest and building inspector.
Emad AhmadiEmad Ahmadi
05:11 22 Apr 24
Exceptional service! Babak demonstrates professionalism and thoroughness in his work. I wholeheartedly endorse BSK for their building and pest inspection services. The comprehensive report was promptly delivered, and the pricing was reasonable. Overall, our experience with Babak as our inspector was overwhelmingly positive.
Raman BawaRaman Bawa
23:31 16 Apr 24
Great service!! Babak is very professional and thorough in his work. I highly recommend BSK for building and pest inspection services.We received the detailed report on the same day, and the pricing was fair. Overall, a positive experience with Babak as our pest and building inspector.
I cannot recommend BSK-Group highly enough for their exceptional building and pest inspection services! From start to finish, their professionalism, attention to detail, and dedication to customer satisfaction were evident.First and foremost, scheduling an appointment was a breeze. Their team was incredibly accommodating, finding a time that suited my busy schedule without any hassle.
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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Pre-purchase Building Inspections in Brisbane

When do i need a pre-purchase building or pest inspection?

When buying a house but before finalizing the payment, we recommend you to get a combined building and pest inspection which consists of:

  • pre-purchase building inspection
  • termite/pest inspection.

Can i attend the inspection?

Yes, we encourage you to attend the inspection so you can ask any questions or address any concerns that come to mind.

What is not included in a pre-purchase building and pest inspection?

It’s important to understand the scope of a pre-purchase building and pest inspection and to address any specific concerns with your inspector. Here are some common exclusions:

  1. Home Appliances:

    • Dishwasher, Air Conditioning Unit, Range Hood, Ducted Vacuum System, Insinkerator, Oven, and Other Electrical Items: These appliances are not part of the building and pest inspection. They should be checked by a licensed electrician to ensure they are functioning properly.
  2. Other Accessories:

    • CCTV, Alarm Systems, Smoke Detectors, Power Points, Garden Irrigation Systems, Television Plugs, Intercom System: These items are not covered in the inspection. A licensed electrician should be engaged to assess these accessories.
  3. Swimming Pools (Including Compliance with Fencing):

    • Pool Condition and Equipment: Although our pre-purchase building and pest inspection does not cover the condition of the pool or its equipment, we do offer a separate service for swimming pool and spa safety inspections. Contact us to schedule this additional service to ensure the pool complies with safety standards.
  4. Toxic and Hazardous Substances:

    • Asbestos and Other Hazardous Materials: The report may note the likelihood of hazardous materials, such as asbestos, based on the age of the structure. However, confirming the presence of these materials requires further investigation and testing, which is not included in the inspection.
  5. Natural Disasters:

    • Flooding, Erosion, Landslides: The inspection does not assess the likelihood of natural disasters such as flooding, erosion, or landslides affecting the property.

Who can conduct a pre-purchase inspection in Brisbane

To ensure the highest quality and accuracy, pre-purchase inspections should be conducted by licensed professionals:

  1. Licensed Residential Building Inspectors:

    • Qualifications: These inspectors are required to have specific qualifications and experience in building construction and inspection.
    • Scope of Work: They conduct comprehensive assessments of the property’s structural integrity, including the foundation, walls, roof, floors, plumbing, electrical systems, and heating systems.
    • Standards Compliance: They follow Australian Standards (AS 4349.1-2007), ensuring their inspections are recognized by real estate agents and solicitors.
  2. Licensed Pest Controllers:

    • Qualifications: Pest controllers must be licensed and trained in identifying and managing pest infestations, particularly termites.
    • Scope of Work: They conduct detailed inspections for signs of termite activity, termite damage, and other pest-related issues. They also assess the effectiveness of existing termite management systems.
    • Standards Compliance: They adhere to Australian Standards (AS 4349.3), providing reliable and recognized pest inspection reports.

By choosing BSK Group Building inspector in Brisbane, you ensure that your pre-purchase building and pest inspections are thorough, accurate, and compliant with industry standards.

How Long Does The Inspection Take

The duration of a pre-purchase building and pest inspection can vary based on several factors, but here are some general guidelines:

  1. Standard Residential Property:

    • Typical Duration: For an average-sized residential property, the combined building and pest inspection usually takes between 2 to 3 hours.
    • Factors Affecting Time: The size of the property, the complexity of its structure, and the extent of any visible issues can influence the time required.
  2. Larger or More Complex Properties:

    • Extended Duration: For larger homes, multi-story properties, or those with additional structures (such as garages, sheds, or outbuildings), inspections can take longer, often ranging from 3 to 4 hours or more.
    • Detailed Assessments: Properties with extensive landscaping, numerous outbuildings, or complex architectural features may require more thorough examinations, increasing the time needed.
  3. Properties with Existing Issues:

    • Additional Time: If the property has known or suspected issues (such as extensive termite damage or significant structural concerns), the inspection might take longer to ensure a comprehensive assessment.
  4. Report Preparation:

    • Post-inspection: After the on-site inspection, the inspector will need additional time to compile the findings into a detailed report. This report is typically delivered within 24 hours of the inspection.

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