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SHS Building Inspections Perth

Pre Purchase Inspections and Practical Completion Reports

W.A. Building Service Provider License # 14348


0401 953 226

Your investment is in safe hands with SHS Building Consultants.

Why Inspect for Pre-purchase?

Why Inspect for Pre-purchase?

Knowing as much as you can about the condition of the property before you buy is essential, A comprehensive Building and Pest inspection will assist. to avoid problems and unforeseen costs later on. The most effective way to be informed when buying a new home is to get a pre-purchase property inspection report -  in Perth this is known as a building prepurchase inspection.

The following information explains what you need to know about building inspections and all types of inspectors for prepurchase

What is the purpose of a pre-purchase property inspection report?

Prepurchase building inspection reports are done when buying a new home in Perth. Most contracts allow for this and refer to them as structural building inspections. As the name says, this building inspection report is the one you get before you buy a property and is usually part of the contract to be fulfilled before settlement, after acceptance. Sometimes referred to as a 'standard property report', a pre-purchase property inspection report is a written account of the condition of a property. It should  tell you about any significant building defects. 

Note: A building inspection report is different to a 'pest inspection or timber pest / termite report'. Whilst a building inspection report should identify any visual damage that may have been caused by termites, it is primarily a building related inspection and will not usually detect activity or conducive conditions. It is advisable to get a pest inspection report combined with a building report  before you buy a property - at SHS we do offer this service

Why do I need one?

There are three good reasons why you should get a building inspection report done before you buy a property:

  1. so that you will know in advance what the current/ immenent problems are
  2. so that you can use the information to try and negotiate a fair price for the property
  3. so you can get specialist advice about any major problems and how they will affect the property over time, regardless if the seller is obliged to fix them.

Naturally, the building inspection will be one of many things you will need to undertake before buying a property.

Choosing the right building inspector

The standard for the inspection of buildings states that a person must be use a suitably qualified person. To ensure the information that you receive is relevant, it is advisable to ask the inspector if they are licensed builder, a surveyor or engineer. We consider a registered builder is a person who has demonstrated an ability to construct (physically) and assess buildings, because builders are registered and must show competency to obtain and retain their license. A registered builder will know what to look for, and will be able to see through any cosmetic improvements which may be covering up faults that are usually  missed by an untrained eye.

A professional person such as a registered builder will also ensure that the format and content of the report complies withAustralian Standard (AS 4349.1).The Inspection of Buildings for Prepurchase.

Content of Reporting

The format and amount of detail in the report will depend on the type of property, its size and age, its condition and the reporting process used by the consultant or organisation preparing the report. The standard governing the inspections allows for either a a structural assessment, or a more comprehensive building assessment 

Photographs should be included however the important thing is that the report complies with the Australian Standard (AS 4349.1) so that another person of reasonable capability in building will be able to draw the same conclusions as the inspector. 

Regardless of the extent of reporting (structural or comprehensive) A building inspection report must include enough information for you to be aware of the property's condition and identify any significant problems with he major building components. .

General information (relates to the comprehensive building inspection)

The building inspector/ consultant should inspect all accessible parts of the property. These include:

  • interior of the building
  • exterior of the building
  • roof space
  • under-floor space
  • roof exterior
  • site

The site

The following would normally be included in a building inspection report:

  • garage, carport and garden shed
  • separate laundry or toilet
  • small retaining walls (ie. non-structural)
  • steps
  • fencing
  • surface water drainage
  • stormwater run-off
  • paths and driveways.

Other details

The report should also include the following information:

  • client (your) name
  • the address of the property
  • the reason for the inspection
  • the date of inspection
  • the scope of the inspection (i.e. for the purpose of a prepurchase property inspection)
  • a list of any area or item that wasn't inspected, also providing reasons why it wasn't inspected and if necessary, a recommendation for further investigation if required
  • a summary of the overall condition of the property
  • a summary list of any significant problems that need fixing (included in the report proper but summerised for ease of understanding)
  • if necessary, any recommendation that a further inspection or assessment be carried out by a suitably qualified specialist, e.g. pest inspector, electricity supply authority, water supply authority, structural engineer, etc...

A building inspection report should not be seen as an all-encompassing report dealing with every aspect of the property and it is not intended as a maintenance checklist. Rather it should be seen as a reasonable attempt by a suitably qualified person to identify any major problems that are visible at the time of the inspection. The extent of any problem will depend to a large extent upon the age and type of property and the affect of the damage.

While the report will give you valuable expert advice, it will not cover everything.

Strata schemes and company title properties

With strata scheme and company title properties, the consultant will normally only inspect and assess the condition of the interior and immediate exterior of the unit you are thinking of buying. If you want the consultant to inspect other common property areas you will need to request a 'special-purpose' property report.

Minor defects

Most properties will have minor defects such as blemishes, corrosion, cracking, weathering, general deterioration, and unevenness and physical damage to materials and finishes. A comprehensive building inspection report should include these (where substantial) but should clearly state that they are minor defects versus major defects. Generally a minor defect will have no effect on the structure and this should be made clear in the report

Ordering a report

At SHS Building Consultants Perth we typically only will need 24hrs notice to do a prepurchase building inspection.

"Our building prepurchase reports & building defect inspections are fully comprehensive. We offer you peace of mind that your property is the safe hands of an experienced, registered building practitioner."

Whether for Structural or Comprehensive Prepurchase Inspections or for the Identification of Defective Building Work, contact SHS Building Consultants today for professional, friendly advice.

We offer flexible solutions for your of your Building Inspection needs.

Book online, phone 0401 953 226 or email to discuss your requirements. 

Your investment is in safe hands with SHS Building Consultants.

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Building and Pest Prepurchase
Building and Pest inspection was very competitively priced compared to the other quotes we got and we got an extremely detailed report for our money with lots of photos and well written / relevant  comments. Christian was happy to meet onsite and talk over the phone afterwards with the agent. He didnt miss a thing and we got some significant defects fixed before settlement- HIGHLY recommended saved $$$. Thank you. Joseph. H★★★★★
Rating: 5.0 out of 5

Practical Completion Two Rocks
Wow christian from SHS picked up on over 30 defects to our new build. From carpentry issues to roof framing compliance, and workmanship issues with tiling and painting. Builder fixed all items. Highly recommended for all new builds★★★★★
Rating: 5.0 out of 5

Prepurchase Inspection Ellenbrook
Great service, great price★★★★
Rating: 5.0 out of 5

Prepurchase Inspection Perth
Very comprehensive report, fast turnaround. Picked up on a few big defects I would not have seen myself until it was too late. Thanks!★★★★★
Rating: 5.0 out of 5

Practical Completion Singleton
We have just received a 38 page report for our new build. Complete with photos and descriptions for easy identification, our builder started fixing things right away, there were some major defects to the roof. Very knowledgeable and a very comprehensive report. Highly recommended!. ★★★★★
Rating: 5.0 out of 5
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