Pre-Purchase Building Inspection for Apartments & Units

A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection is an important first step to take when considering buying an apartment or unit. Knowing the condition of the interior of the apartment and any accessible external elements, such as a balcony, will help make the decision to “buy or not to buy” an easier one.

Whether brand new or old, all properties have the potential to present with problems. As an owner of an apartment, you are responsible for the condition and maintenance of the interior of the unit. By having the apartment independently inspected prior to buying, our experienced inspector can provide you with information on any current or potential problems which will help safeguard you from any unexpected and substantial outlays in both time and money down the track.

If you have purchased an off the plan apartment, consider having a Houspect Handover Inspection done before you take possession of the property. Just because it is a “new” apartment doesn’t mean it won’t come with defects or finishes that haven’t been completed to an acceptable Australian Standard. Best to have these issues rectified before you move in, save you spending your precious time waiting for tradesmen to come back to fix the problems that shouldn’t have existed in the first place.

Houspect Inspectors are available to assist property investors and home owners with pre-purchase building inspections in South Australia. Our reports will provide a professional and independent document detailing the condition of your intended purchase.

What Does the Report Provide?

A Houspect Pre-Purchase Building Inspection report is a comprehensive document completed in accordance with Australian Standards.

All accessible internal areas and relevant external components of the apartment or unit will be inspected and documented in the report. Any items that will require your attention will be reported on and any repairs and maintenance suggestions will be noted for your attention. Our qualified inspectors will photograph any notable items and include these in your report so that you can see what issues may exist and make an informed decision as to whether they are problems you are willing to take on.

If you have any particular concerns or questions about the apartment prior to our inspection, please advise us at the time of your booking so we can instruct our building inspector to address these issues specifically during the inspection.

About the Houspect Building Inspector

All Houspect Building Inspectors are Licensed builders with many years working in the building industry. Our inspectors will provide professional, independent and unbiased information on the condition of the apartment or unit to assist you in buying with confidence.

What Does Our Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Cover?

Our pre-purchase building inspection covers all items listed in AS 4349.1 which are relevant to the apartment or unit:

  • Roofing, internal and external
  • Chimneys, eaves, fascia
  • Roof frame and insulation
  • Walls, internal and external
  • Ceilings, floors and under floor areas
  • Doors and frames, internal and external
  • Windows and frames, internal and external
  • Kitchen, bathroom, laundry, wet areas
  • Guttering and down pipes
  • Retaining walls
  • Balconies, stairs, paving
  • Fences and out buildings


  • Plumbing/electrical overview
  • Structural defects
  • Repairs and maintenance issues
  • General building defects.

Strata Search Report

When purchasing an apartment or unit, home buyers and investors should also obtain a copy of the Body Corporate (Strata) Search Report. The Strata Search report is typically organised through your solicitor and provides information on the current financial state of the sinking fund. This report can also reveal current or identify any future common property or building issues that could require a major outlay for the purchaser.

For more information on our pre-purchase building inspections in SA, call Houspect on

08 8344 2590, email us at or complete our online enquiry form

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