Pre purchase building inspection

Pre-Purchase Building Inspections

Pre-purchase building inspections Melbourne. Master Building Inspectors Melbourne provide comprehensive pre-purchase building inspection reports on all residential and commercial properties. These reports detail the major and minor defects applicable to a property at the time of inspection.


Given the vast sum of money exchanged whilst purchasing a property, it is highly advised that a pre-purchase building report is obtained prior to purchase. Whether purchasing a new apartment, townhouse, free standing house or commercial property, information is key regarding the properties condition.


Undetected defects can add up significantly, and a MBI building report will give you the required information to make an informed decision with your next property purchase. Building issues such as structural faults, subsidence, replacement of roof covering etc can increase the cost of purchase significantly. It is always best to go into a property transaction with the prior knowledge of any problems and a ball park figure for the cost of remedial works. Going into the property transaction with a complete understanding of the buildings problems is always recommended.


We do not produce tick the box reports. MBI pre-purchase building reports are highly detailed, itemising and commenting on each defect individually with recommendations provided. Significant items such as cracking to internal/external walls and floors, subsidence issues, damp and water leaks are all reported and commented upon. During a pre-purchase building inspection, all accessible areas of the property are thoroughly checked at the time of inspection.


Getting ready to attend an auction? The experts agree that a pre-purchase building report should be obtained prior to entering an auction. This report will detail any structural defects along with a list of minor defects/maintenance items. We are available with a few days notice and can inspect any property of interest prior to the auction day. It is best to be informed of exactly what is occurring with the property.

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AS 4349.1 is the Australian Standard for the inspection of residential buildings. This standard covers the basic requirements for persons conducting pre-purchase inspections on residential dwellings.

The inspector must provide a subjective appraisal and be competent to assess residential buildings. In accordance with any applicable statutory requirements, the inspector must also be registered or licensed to perform building inspections.

It is important to note that a pre-purchase building report does not note compliance with building regulations or a certificate of compliance. Identification of unauthorised building works is outside the scope of this standard.

The scope involves conducting a visual inspection to assess the general condition of a property at the time of inspection. All accessible areas shall be inspected, within 30 meters of the building.

The inspector shall determine the extent of reasonable and safe access at the time of inspection. Elevated areas are inspected up to a height of 3.6 meters only when safe access is available.

During a pre-purchase building inspection, the property will be compared to a similarly constructed building of approximately the same age and construction type that has been reasonably well maintained.

Pre-purchase building reports should report defects and significant items as:

  • Safety Hazards – requires imminent repair to avoid unsafe conditions.
  • Major Defects – typically structural items requiring repair.
  • Minor Defects – common maintenance items. 


All MBI’s pre-purchase building reports are prepared in accordance with Australian standard AS 4349.1 requirements. The existence of safety hazards, major defects and minor defects are all noted. Photos of the affected areas are also included along with recommendations for repair.

Our Melbourne building inspectors are all qualified, experienced builders registered with the Victorian Building Authority and we are HIA members! Don’t trust your property inspection with anyone else.

Pre-purchase building inspections

Master Building Inspectors Pre-purchase building reports detail:
  • Type of property (residential townhouse, villa, unit, commercial)
  • Direction of property
  • Prevailing weather conditions
  • Number of storeys
  • Safety hazards
  • Major defects
  • Minor defects
  • Floor construction
  • Wall construction
  • Roof construction
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Master Building Inspectors Melbourne pre-purchase building inspection reports are comprehensive & thorough. We offer 2 different types of pre-purchase building reports in Melbourne: Structural reports or Standard pre- purchase building reports.

Each inspection comprises of a visual assessment of the property, to identify major defects to the accessible areas of the buildings structure.

Pre-purchase building inspections


The standard building report is advised where the clients are purchasing a property and require knowledge on the existence of major and minor defects along with recommendations for remedial works to be undertaken. The correct trade category for each repair is also provided. This is the most commonly requested pre-purchase building report in Melbourne and highly recommended prior to attending an auction.  Minor defects are commonly found on most properties (even newly constructed homes) and generally expected to be repaired under a typical maintenance schedule.


  • Roof Frame
  • Retaining Walls
  • Sub floor/ slab
  • Walls – External/Internal
  • Ceilings


  • Roof Frame
  • Retaining walls
  • Doors and frames
  • Sub Floor
  • Walls – External/Internal
  • Roofing – External/Internal
  • Guttering and downpipes
  • Balconies, stairs and patios
  • Paving and pergolas
  • Cabinets
  • Maintenance issues
  • Fences


Are you planning to purchase a property in Melbourne? Beware of the unqualified “mum and dad” inspectors. The building inspection industry is unregulated in Melbourne, meaning that anyone can claim to be an inspector without having any qualifications or experience. To avoid future issues, it is crucial to verify the credentials and expertise of your potential inspector before hiring them. Don’t take any chances when it comes to the biggest investment of your life – always do your due diligence and choose a qualified and experienced inspector.

• The team at Master Building Inspectors are all experienced builders, registered with the Victorian Building Authority.
• All inspectors are highly trained in the inspection and reporting process.
• We are members of the Housing Industry Association.
• Every MBI building inspector holds full professional indemnity & public liability insurances.

Looking to purchase a property but feeling overwhelmed by the daunting prospect of a building inspection report? Master Building Inspectors Melbourne is here to help! Our reports are not only easy to read and straightforward, but they also provide valuable recommendations for any necessary repairs. And the best part? You won’t be left waiting for days on end for your report to arrive – we guarantee that all building reports will be emailed to you within 24 hours of each inspection.

So why wait? Don’t let the stress of a building inspection dampen your excitement about purchasing your dream property. Contact us today on 1300 852 496 and let our team provide expert advice and make all necessary arrangements to access the property within just a few days’ notice. Trust us to help you make the most informed decision possible when it comes to one of the biggest investments of your life.

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