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How Do I Find A Good Building Inspector?

What To Look For In A Good Building Inspector

A good building inspector is a licensed professional experienced with assessing the condition of a property from both the inside and out. Taking the time to know as much as possible about a home you intend to purchase could save you a lot of time, money and heartache in the long run. But how do you know if a building inspector has the right knowledge and equipment for you?

The following checklist will ensure you know what to look for when hiring a good building inspector and what essential questions to ask to ensure they are perfect for the job.

Professional organisation

Ensure the inspector is associated with a professional inspection body or affiliated with a reputable group. If they don’t openly offer this information, ask.

Check for complaints

You can even go a step further and contact the licensing board to see if the professional you are seeking to hire has had any complaints registered against them.

Inspection experience

Find out how many property inspections they have performed. You are looking for someone who has been around a long time and knows the ins and outs of a property. A trained eye is essential for this task.

Insurance is a must

A registered inspector will always have insurance – general, public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

Inspection results in a written report

A good building inspector should always provide a fully typed written report backed up with photographic evidence. Complying with the Australian Standard (AS 4349.1), it should outline any issues identified and be prepared in easy to understand language.  View this sample report to get an idea of what you should expect from your inspector.

Inspection equipment

Whilst the equipment used by an inspector may not make much sense to the average person, make sure you ask about what tools they have. Typically an inspector will have torches and ladders as well as moisture and movement detection equipment and thermal camera technology. Ensure too that they can have access to the roof and under the home so that they can physically inspect all areas.

You may wish to use this detailed printable FREE checklist when considering prospective building inspection professionals.

Organising a building inspector for a pre-purchase inspection can be a stressful part of the home buying process. Contact the experts at Action Property Inspections today. They will organise a building inspector to undertake an assessment with five star service, meeting all the quality standards.

 

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About Andrew Mackintosh

Andrew Mackintosh has been answering home inspection questions in the greater Brisbane area since 1995. He has personally carried out over 20,000 building inspections and is a licensed builder and licensed building inspector, Member of Queensland Master Builders Association & Institute of Building Consultants. Being the business owner and the inspector, Andrew is passionate about providing clients with excellent customer service, value for money, honest, unbiased, thorough inspection and reporting in a professional and timely manner to allow clients to make informed decisions when purchasing property.