Before Employing an Inspection Service

Firstly, ask to speak to the inspector who is actually going to do the inspection, not a receptionist or anyone else.

Make sure you cover the following:

  • Confirm that the inspectors name, licence numbers and signature will be on the report and it is their insurance, not just under the company licences and insurance. They must have a Completed Building inspection licence and their builders licence with their name and/or company on it. Request their numbers and check with the QBCC 139 333 or www.qbcc.qld.gov.au Also check for any restrictions and/or complaints against them.

  • Make sure the inspector carrying out the inspection for you is personally licensed (with appropriate licences) and currently insured as well as the company to carry out building inspections. Do your own checking. Ask for proof of insurance, license numbers and check with the Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC) phone 139 333, their website is www.qbcc.qld.gov.au

  • Ask the inspector if they disclose or discuss the outcome of the report with real estate agent or current owner BEFORE YOU? This happens too often and can seriously jeopardise you negotiating position also cause arguments with biased and unqualified people that have an interest in a sale regardless of problems
  • Ask if they physically get on the roof? Especially if it is a two storey building! Don’t let them treat you like an idiot by saying they can check it from the inside, no one has x-ray vision, especially if building paper is fitted below the roof tiles or sheeting! Lack of access could cost you a lot of money! Also refer to Blogs on importance of access and photos

  • If they claim they get on top of the roof, demand they take photos for proof of all areas they have accessed

  • Ask if you can be on site for the duration of the inspection, if they don’t want you there they usually have something to hide and may not access all areas, do not employ them

  • Does the inspector do pest and building inspection combined? If so, ask how long have they been operatinglegitimate pest control business and separate building business.

  • Do they do a defects report or a structural only inspection’ that defines a specific problem and limits their liability. 
  • Do they have warranties that limit their liability?

You don’t want unqualified, inexperienced people doing inspections for you!

You wouldn’t employ a builder to do termite treatments or a pest control firm to build a house for you, would you?

So why use self acclaimed experts to do both? Convenience can cost you dearly! I have seen it happen too often. Only use firms that are experienced experts in one field or the other, preferably from two totally different companies.