How To Find a Brisbane Building Inspector You Can Trust
When the time comes to seek out the services of a local Brisbane building inspector for your property, would you know what to look out for and what questions to ask? Putting your trust in a licensed professional is essential when it comes to having a home assessed both inside and out. These tips will ensure the team you employ has the experience, knowledge and equipment designed to give you the detailed truth you are seeking.
Expect the basic requirements
Without even blinking an eyelid, it is mandatory that the building inspector is qualified and licensed. This will ensure that they are bound to adhere to a set of regulated Australian standards. It’s worthwhile asking too if they have insurance, just in case. Over 50% of inspection companies no longer carry insurance.
Experience really does count. You’re going to want to be sure that your local Brisbane building inspector has worked in this field for quite some time. This is key to ensure they know exactly what to look out for, like common areas that are often cleverly disguised by homeowners. Andrew Mackintosh from Action Property Inspections has personally inspected over 20,000 houses. That is the level of experience you should be looking for when searching for a building inspector.
It’s more than a pen and paper that’s needed when undertaking a building inspection. A professional inspector will arrive at a property with a range of tools to get the best results; everything from a camera to moisture detectors, thermal image cameras, internal wall scope cameras, ladders etc.
Word of mouth
By going local and hiring a company in Brisbane, you’ll be able to ask around and rely on word of mouth. It won’t take long to hear about complaints if there are any, but also you’ll soon find out exactly who you can trust again and again. You can even contact the licensing board if you want to delve deeper to ensure that there are no registered complaints.
At the conclusion of a building inspection, it is imperative that you are provided with a detailed report. This really needs to be free from jargon and be presented in accordance with the mandatory standards (AS 4349.1). Ask your inspector what your report will include upfront so you can be confident that it will be as comprehensive as you expect. An inspection company should have enough confidence in their report to have a sample on display on their website.
Make sure that it not only identifies every little issue noted from both inside and outside of the property, but also an idea of the severity. Sometimes a report may appear to be rife with major concerns however they are actually minor. Some inspectors go above and beyond and offer practical methods of repair where defects are found.
This Sample Report gives you an indication of the level of detail you should expect to see in any building inspection report you receive.
Don’t be concerned about asking questions. If it is your first time seeking the help of a building inspector, there are bound to be aspects you are not sure about. In addition, if there are certain areas of a property that you have specific concerns, point them out. An experienced building inspector has a wealth of knowledge that can be utilised and can give you guidance.
Arming yourself with a detailed checklist will ensure that the Brisbane building inspector you seek for your property will be perfectly suited for the job.
If you are not sure where to start, give Action Property Inspections a quick call today. They will happily answer all of your questions and ensure you get the service you require.