Building reports are the product of a building inspection and will hold weight on the successful property sale. Unfortunately, not all building reports are created equal. You could do all the right things by organising a building inspection for your new property, but still be affected by a poorly written building report.
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4 Red Flags To Look For On Building Reports

Building reports are the product of a building inspection and will hold weight on the successful property sale. Unfortunately, not all building reports are created equal. You could do all the right things by organising a building inspection for your new property, but still be affected by a poorly written building report.

Building reports are an important document which you have paid to receive as part of the building inspection fee. The accuracy and detail of the information given in the report will lead to peace of mind that the building inspection was completed thoroughly.

Not many potential property owners know what makes a good building report and how to identify a poor-quality report. Here are four red flags to look for on building reports. These alarm bells will help you discern if a second opinion is needed.

Difficult to read and understand

A building report should be easy to read and understand. There should be no building jargon to confuse the potential property owner. A reader of the report should be able to comprehend:

  • what has been inspected
  • what the defect is (if any)
  • how the defect needs to be fixed
  • potential timeline required to fix the identified issue

Stock photos used instead of images taken at the property 

A good building inspector will take digital photos of the property when they conduct the inspection and include these within the building report. If a stock photo has been used instead of an individual photo of the property, this should raise an alarm. Stock photos have no place on an individualised building report. This lack of regard for a specified report can lead to the next red flag.

Vague descriptions and generalised information 

Building reports should be specific to the property inspected. There should be no vague descriptions or generalised information. The descriptions of defects should be specific to your property. Vague reporting is a potential sign of a poor building inspection or lack of interest in ensuring a thorough assessment of the property has been completed.

Lack of tailored recommendations to fix defects

With vague descriptions comes a lack of tailored recommendations to fix a defect.

The building report should outline the specific defect and advise the level of concern and attention required by the potential new property owner. The absence of this as part of the building report speaks volumes about the quality of the building inspector conducting the inspection.

The Action Property Inspections difference

The building reports by Action Property Inspections exceed the Australian Standards and are specific and exclusive to the property you are purchasing. You can check out a sample report on our website.

Free thermal image scanning, moisture detection and digital photographic reporting are included in the building report. Our reports are easy to understand and will surpass current building inspection reports offered on the market.

Get your building inspection done right the first time by using Brisbane’s most experienced and trusted inspectors, Action Property Inspections.

Building reports are essential! Contact the team to book your inspection today. 

 

Andrew

About Andrew

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.

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