So you're ready to buy your first home? A new home? Investment Property? Or that one at the Coast or a tree change?

14 April 2017

Ceiling space under a roof, an area where many inspection companies won't visit.

So you're ready to buy your first home?

A new home? Investment Property? Or that little weekender on the Coast or tree change? 

So why do I need an inspection, we looked over the property and it all looks pretty good and won't my solicitor look after me if things go wrong?

The short answer is not every problem with a property is immediately apparent and sometimes it takes a good look in the subfloor or in the far reaches of the ceiling void to find either a problem or potential problem from water leaks through to timber pests such as termites or borers along with any number of other things which could seriously affect the structure of your property.  

As a purchaser your solicitor or conveyancer will often suggest that a clause in the contract states your purchase is contingent on a satisfactory Building and Pest Inspection and the reason is they want to ensure that as a purchaser you are fully aware of the current and potential items a property may have.  

Having conducted literally hundreds of building inspections for major Australian building manufacturers and supply companies for product faults or installation issues through to home owners wanting confirmation that their home is safe and built in accordance with manufacturers specifications, it makes sense to use this experience and knowledge to conduct pre purchase inspections for potential home owners.

Like many things in life there are guidelines set out to conduct an inspection in Australia it is AS4349.1 2007 for Structural Inspections and AS4349.1 2010 Timber Pest Inspections, which are a minimum that should be used when conducting an inspection as these guidelines were produced by industry

Scope of standard AS4349.1 2007

The Standard sets out recommendations for the visual inspection of residential buildings, including pre-purchase inspections and for the preparation of the appropriate property inspection reports.

The Scope of the Standard AS4349.3 2010

This Standard sets out the minimum acceptable requirements for visual inspection and reporting on the activity of timber pests.
Timber pests that damage timber specifically include subterranean and dampwood termites, borers of seasoned timber and wood decay fungi.
The purpose of a timber pest inspection in a building is to assess the following:
(a) Evidence of timber pests.
(b) Severity of damage caused by timber pests.
(c) Susceptibility of building to infestation by timber pests.
(d) Remedial and protective measures required.
(e) And any Further investigations if required.

Always ensure the inspector refers to the Standard, ask if they have professional indemnity insurance, if they don’t insist on sending through an agreement prior to the inspection, they’re not following the standard and should be considered ‘Suspect’ as far as the quality of the inspection and subsequent report, it’s really that simple and most inspection companies claim to use the Standard only 1 in about 60 or less will follow the guidelines.  Luckily for you we here at Building and Pest Inspections Albury Wodonga meet the standard on every inspection we conduct and actually exceed these requirements, so you’re getting the best inspection for your money, completed by competent inspectors with a wealth of industry knowledge and training. Visit our website for more information to find out how we can preform the inspection you deserve.

Andrew Bounader

Building and Pest Inspections Albury Wodonga


Thomas Maloney's picture
Thomas Maloney

I think it is fair to have the clause ready in place inside the contract in order for the purchaser to know what to expect at the new home that they just purchased. As for the seller, it also protects them from having to cover additional costs should unfavourable things were to happen after a certain period of time that is not stated in the contract clause. The clause is a form of protection that can help both sellers and purchasers to come to a mutual agreement on the condition of the house. It can also help avoid future feuds between both parties.

Andrew Bounader's picture
Andrew Bounader

Hi Thomas,

It sounds like you've got this covered, the feedback you have provided is correct and useful. Have you considered adding a blog of your own so others may be able to get some feedback directly?

I appreciate your comment and feedback, thank you.


34 years in the building and construction industry in Australia and overseas. Involved in testing of new building and construction techniques as well as repairs and maintenance to failed building systems, slabs, walls and roofs. Living on the border of country NSW and Vic as a property inspector.