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Why You Need Building Inspections?

Why you might need a building inspection:

  • Identify Major Defects
  • Be informed of significant safety hazards
  • Be informed of the extent of minor defects
  • Be informed of the general condition of the property
  • Deal with problems in your existing home

What type of report will you receive?

You will receive an easy to understand, typed, photographic report within 24 hours of the inspection. Any major issues will be discussed via phone prior to receiving the report.

The report will be compliant with Australian Standard 4349.1 Inspection of buildings and include:

  • Identification of Safety Hazards
  • Identification of Major Defects
  • Identification of Minor Defects (maintenance items)
  • Photos of Safety Hazards and Major defects
  • Advice on required remedial works

Australian Standard 4349.1

AS 4349.1 – 2007 Inspection of buildings Part 1: Pre-purchase inspections – Residential buildings details the minimum requirements that a pre-purchase building inspection report is required to conform with.

This standard also states that the inspector must be suitably qualified and experienced in order to provide advice to prospective interested parties who are purchasing a property. The standard covers all freestanding, semi-detached, terrace and villa houses along with townhouse and multi-unit buildings.

Prior to a building inspection taking place, a pre-inspection agreement is always required to be issued. This agreement between the client and inspector defines the purpose, scope and acceptance criteria upon which the inspection is undertaken. Never engage the services of a building inspection firm who do not issue this documentation.

The building on which the inspection is being undertaken is always required to be compared with a similar building in age and construction type and in accordance with the accepted practices at the time of construction. The comparison is also accessed against a building which is in reasonable condition.

The definitions of the significant items identified in each report are detailed as follows:

  1. Safety Hazards: any major defect that is an urgent safety hazard to occupants.
  2. Major Defect: defects that require rectification works to avoid the development of unsafe conditions.
  3. Minor Defect: commonly identified in most properties including cracking to walls and ceilings, corrosion of materials and general deterioration.

Recommendations may also be given, when applicable for further specialist inspections, by suitably qualified inspectors for specific aspects of the building e.g: plumber, structural engineer, electrician etc.

Where cracking has occurred to masonry walls, the damage is categorised as per Australian Standard AS 2870: Residential slabs and footings requirements.

This standard describes typical damage and assigns a damage category based on the crack width. This category will then determine the required remedial works. The damage is categorised from 0 – Negligible to 4 – Severe.

Crack width limits are increased by 50% for easily repaired plasterboard partitions.

Master building Inspectors building inspection reports are always presented with a clear and comprehensive approach, along with evidenced based conclusions detailing the overall condition of the property.


Cracking of a building element is a structural defect, where in the opinion of the inspector, the present or expected consequence of the cracking is that the structural performance of the building element is impaired, or where the cracking is the result of the structural behaviour of the building.

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AS-4349.1-2007-Inspection-of-buildings-Pre-purchase-inspections-Residential-buildings (1) can be found here.

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