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What building inspection reports DON’T cover

by Chris Lang on February 23, 2008

Getting building inspection reports is a very important stage in the process of buying a house. Sometimes people decide to skip those reports for many reasons such as time pressure, the high cost, couldn’t be bothered, etc. They are really playing with fire, because if later on it turns out that the house has a problem – it’s their problem.

But even those who do go though all the trouble and employ an inspector to check their future asset can not rest in peace. Why? Because some reports list more things that ARE NOT COVERED than things that are covered

According to solicitor Tim O’Dwyer the best way to select a building inspector that will produce a decent inspection report is to ask for a standard report before contracting him. This way you can see in advance that you won’t be paying good money for a crappy job.

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Edward Mullarkey October 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm

It is a little known fact that on 16th September 2009 building consultant/inspector licencing was deregulated and no longer requires licencing in N.S.W. This has opened the way to unscrupulous and inexperienced inspectors operating through out the state.
When choosing your inspector you should always ask the following questions.
– Their experience. How long have they been in the housing industry and in what capacity.
– Are they full time inspectors or just looking for work to fill their book next week.
-Is the report Australian Standard compliant.
-Can you view a sample report.
-Will the inspector be available to answer any questions you may have after you have read the report.
-And most importantly does the inspector hold professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance for the work they do. (for your protection and peace of mind.)
If the inspector can’t answer any of these questions then choose somebody else. In order to be able to make an informed decision on purchasing a property or not you need to know that you are getting the best possible advise available to you.


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