Why you want to make sure your pre-purchase building inspector is qualified …

Is your pre-purchase building inspector a qualified and insured master builder? - image
Is your pre-purchase building inspector a qualified and insured master builder?
  1. Your biggest investment is likely to be buying a house for yourself and your family, so you want to make sure that you are getting what you are paying for, with no nasty, hidden surprises.
  2. Hidden surprises could cost you tens of thousands of dollars, cause enormous stress and could even have an adverse impact on your health.
  3. You may be shocked to discover that 70% of inspectors doing pre-purchase property inspections are NOT BUILDERS and are NOT INSURED and it’s legal, according to the Australian standard used AS4349.1- 2007.

Why a licensed builder is your best choice for a pre-purchase inspection

One of the biggest problems with the building inspection industry is that anyone can buy a franchise from well known organisations with big marketing budgets. Then, a week later they can be doing inspections for unsuspecting clients who believe that they have engaged a builder as their building inspector, when he or she may have been a taxi driver the previous week!

Poorly qualified pre-purchase building inspectors make mistakes that YOU pay for!

The photos below reveal issues discovered on various sites. These faults were all missed in pre-purchase reports made by other building inspectors. The reports were given to me by purchasers who asked us for a second opinion before committing to a purchase.

Non-engineered and non-approved retaining walls with unconnected storm water feeding into the rear of the wall. The other inspector also missed the asbestos clad boundary fence! - imageNon-engineered and non-approved retaining walls with unconnected storm water feeding into the rear of the wall.

The other inspector also missed the asbestos clad boundary fence!

Prep-purchase building inspection reveals rust that was barely noticeable from ground level. - imagePre-purchase building inspection revealed rusted out gutters that needed replacing. - imageRusted out gutters that needed replacing. The rust was barely noticeable from ground level.
building inspection without thermal camera - no sign of water damage - imagepre-purchase building inspection with thermal imaging camera reveals serious water damage - image

The first image shows a normal air conditioner. The shot was taken with a regular camera, not a thermal camera.

The second image uses Thermal Imaging and reveals water leaks trickling down TWO STOREYS along the air conditioner’s ducting.

pre-purchase building inspection reveals flooring with termite damage - image pre-purchase building inspection reveals flooring with termite damage 2 - image pre-purchase building inspection reveals flooring with termite damage 3 - imageTermite damage: I was told the flooring had water damage, but it was actually termite damage.

Termites were living in several areas concealed under furniture, floor mats and pots.

If you want a qualified and independent building inspector to perform your pre-purchase inspection, then you want to engage Paul Cavallo,  a Licensed Builder and Qualified Certifier.

Scroll to Top