Unlicensed building-pest inspectors, carrying out Building and Pest inspections around Brisbane.
Courtesy of Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service.
This post exposes how you can easily employ unlicenced and inexperienced inspectors without knowing, by not carrying out your research and asking the right questions!
- A Building Construction Commission search revealed that separate building and pest inspectors of a property in Graceville (employed by the selling agent) were not licenced to carry out their Building or Pest inspections.
- They were employed by a well known firm in the industry that claims they send out two different “qualified people” to carry out inspections, yet neither were licensed.
- Close examination of the Building and Pest reports (displayed for potential buyers perusal) showed many items (of concern to any prospective buyer) were either omitted or grossly understated, in both reports
Important, what you need to know:
- Companies can “LEGALLY” employ unlicensed inspectors, without ANY EXPERIENCE & WITHOUT SUPERVISION.
- It is not a QBCC requirement for any licensed person from a company to be at the property at the time to supervise any unlicensed building or pest inspection that they employ!
- A report carried out by an unlicensed inspector will not be covered by professional indemnity insurance. Ask any insurance company!
Using an unlicensed inspector may breach your contract and jeopardise your potential for renegotiation regarding major faults. Check with your legal representative.
QBCC contact number: 139 333. To ask them WHY they allow this to happen!