Pre-Purchase Inspections

When buying a home or commercial building you need to rely on an expert and objective professional who will give you independent sound advice – information you need to make an informed decision about your purchase.

Inspections and reports are carried out in accordance with AS4349.1

About Australian Standard AS 4349.1

A pre-purchase inspection must have a pre-engagement agreement that is accepted by the home purchaser prior to the inspection.

What is covered in the report?

The inspection report will report on the general condition of the property and include information about the following areas:

  • The roof exterior
  • The interior
  • The exterior
  • The roof void

The inspector will also identify any major or minor defects on the property and any safety hazards that are visible. Maintenance issues and timber damage may also be commented on.

What is not covered?

In compliance with AS 4349.1 our building inspectors will not actively search for,

  • Mould
  • Non-wood decay fungi
  • Invasive inspection techniques (cutting, removing objects)
  • Any areas or sections of the property that are unsafe or unreasonable to access.
  • Laboratory testing for asbestos.
  • Testing of any electrical equipment, electrical circuits, electrical fittings or fixtures, electric appliances.
  • Pressure testing any plumbing to identify any leaks in water supply pipes.
  • Place a fibre optic cable into any stormwater or waste pipes in the house.

For a complete list of items that are not covered, please review Appendix D of the AS 4349.1 document.

Standard AS 4349.1 and Property Protect

Only a qualified professional has the proper expertise to identify and report on defects and safety hazards as outlined in the AS 4349.1 document.

We are specialists with extensive training who are dedicated to providing you with important information regarding the property.

Before you purchase a property, you want to know as much as you possibly can about its condition!
We also use advanced property inspection software on-site to ensure that the final report is tailored to suite your needs.
Please examine our sample report to see the range of issues we will examine and provide to you.

View sample report

Did you know?

The three most common defects which we see on new residential building sites are;

  1. Paving placed up against walls covering the Damp Course which allows moisture to enter into the walls.
  2. Lack of plastic lining to the full edge height of the footing. This shortage of plastic can allow moisture and salts to enter into the floor slab.
  3. Rafters offset from the top of the wall frame studs. This means that roof loads are not distributed directly to the stud, and therefore the roof loads are not adequately transferred to the ground.