The importance of building inspection services cannot be overemphasized. A building inspection ensures the property is compliant with fire regulations, plumbing requirements and safety standards. Property inspections can also prevent you from incurring costly damages from accidents or government fines.

Whether you're looking for a building inspector for your new home or for a commercial building, there are several important characteristics that the person should have. These qualities are important in ensuring a thorough and detailed inspection of your property.

Qualifications

It can be difficult to determine the actual qualifications of a building inspector in Australia. Some areas of the country do not have a formal qualification requirement for offering building inspection services. Therefore, you may need to look into other factors such as industry experience, previous customers, and how long they have been in business.

Some building inspectors are also qualified builders. This gives them knowledge of all the ins and outs of the building process. Ensure the inspector is a licensed builder who can show their certification and license number.

What type of inspection are you looking for?

Building inspection services tend to vary when it comes to the finer details. For example, pest inspections and fire safety inspections may be different from general building inspections that check for the stability of the building as well as build quality.

Make sure you know what focus you need the inspection to take, and choose a building inspector who matches that particular focus.

The scope of the building inspection services

To get the best results from a building inspection, you need to make sure it is carried out thoroughly.  The scope of the inspection should include, at the least, checking for the following:

  • Cracks in walls
  • Leaks in plumbing
  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Rust in metal components
  • Structural integrity of roofs, stairways and balconies
  • Signs of pest infestations

How can you follow up after the services are rendered?

Good building inspection services don't simply stop after the inspection is carried out. Look for an inspector who is willing and ready to walk you through the report and to explain his/her findings. The inspector should also be able to recommend fixes for any issues that they encountered during the inspection.

Insurance

Your building inspector should be adequately insured to carry out their profession. They should have professional indemnity insurance (which covers any professional advice that they give), and public liability insurance for any damages they cause to third-party property. 

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